Redeveloping the community for $1

By Jillian Marshall

May 20, 2013 Updated May 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some homes in the city of Binghamton are getting a face lift as part of a program to redevelop neighborhoods by selling some homes for $1.

The One Dollar Healthy Homes initiative allowed Binghamton to sell seven blighted homes the city accrued through foreclosures.

The city hopes this initiative will turn eyesores into energy efficient housing.

Eighteen proposals for the properties have been collected since January.

On Monday, the city announced the four winners.

Local contractor, Sarah Edwards is one of the winners.

Edwards will renovate a two-family home at 118 Liberty St. with hopes it will build pride in the community.

"We're going to grab out some people from the community, because we're going to have those people live here. So they're going to put the windows in with us, and then they're going to live here. I think that they will be proud of what they did, so they'll take care of the place," Edwards said.

Edwards will rebuild 11 Way St. into her first home. Pending the state's approval, Edwards will demolish 13 Way St. into a garage with a studio apartment above it.

Contractor Craig Brgham III will build a new, single-family home for his family at 23 Alfred St., which is currently a vacant lot.

After being displaced by Hurricane Sandy, Andrew Salcedo will renovate 45 Brook Ave. into her primary residence.

B+N Real Estate will tear down 13 and 13 1/2 Hancock St. to build a new two-family residence that will be available for rent.

Each winner will receive $100,000 in Restore New York funding when their projects are completed.

City Council is set to approve the sale of the properties on Wednesday.

The city says work is expected to start as early as July.

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