Residents invited to design Binghamton's future look

By Kelly McCarthy

September 3, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton is asking residents to decide the city's future look for at least the next decade.

Blueprint Binghamton is a citizen-driven effort to update the city's comprehensive plan. A comprehensive plan is like a road-map for the city to follow for development, design and priorities for the next 10 to 15 years.

Residents are invited to take part in meetings that make changes to the city's appearance and decide which public projects should be a priority.

Blueprint Binghamton has a design studio at First Friday and thousands of residents have already stopped in with feedback, officials said.

"It also means the citizens are incredibly excited to be a part of this process," said Tarik Abdelazim, with the Office of Binghamton Housing & Community Development. "You know, most plans you have one or two public meetings, 30 people come, half of them are cynics. This has been completely different and to have input from 4,000 residents is tremendous."

The Blueprint Binghamton design studio will be open for First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. It's located at 49 Court Street.

The full draft of Blueprint Binghamton is expected to be finished by January.

One area being highlighted is the Main Street to Court Street commercial business corridor.

Residents are invited to take part in a meeting that discuss the new look and feel of that corridor.

"This would be a pilot project in all of the Southern Tier," Abdelazim said. "We'd be the first one moving to a form-based code. We think it's a great corridor to do that and if it's successful we'll look at replicating it in other neighborhood small business districts."

That meeting will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday also at the project design studio on 49 Court Street.

To look at the full schedule of meetings for Blueprint Binghamton click here.