Local Reactions for Binghamton Land Opportunities

By Kelly McCarthy

November 2, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An area of Binghamton that developers termed "out of place" looks to see improvements.

The goal is to bring in more business and investments to the North Chenango River Corridor, and project members are now looking for input from the community.

The program is sponsored by the New York State Department of State.

Around 400 acres of land is being surveyed, reviewed, and finding areas to utilize.

It is analyzing the area to find way to improve it.

"It gives them an opportunity along with the public to evaluate how to re-develop these properties, how to get them cleaned up and how to get them to better and productive use," said VHB Development Advisor Dave Smith, who assists in the survey findings.

Residents came to the first of three public information meetings with many questions, such as when will improvements begin? And what is the timeline for development?

"I know a big sore spot for many of us is the Binghamton Plaza. It could be a fantastic place for our part of town but it's very run down. There are some great businesses in there but the property itself is in really sad shape," said Janet McHenry of Binghamton.

This study comes with a New York State grant for $147,000, awarded in 2009.

The program will host two more public hearings to gather more information.

A presentation with plans and recommendations that completes the study is scheduled for April.