Second wave of blight demolitions begins in Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The City of Binghamton is knocking down blighted barriers in hopes of bringing new life to the Northside.

Mayor Rich David held a news conference Monday morning at 31 Virgil Street in Binghamton to launch the second wave of the demolition season.

In addition to 31 Virgil,147 1/2 Bevier Street, 96 Liberty, and 644 State Street are slated to be knocked down.

96 Liberty and 31 Virgil are located near the Lee Barta Community Center which is set to be renovated and expanded.

"We'd like to see new development here. We're looking at housing, mixed-use or some kind of combination with affordable housing in this community, that's what I think is needed. There is a shortage of affordable, quality housing and I'd like to see that in this area of the Northside," said David.

The project cost is over $104,000 dollars and the City is using Community Development Block Grant funding.

David says these demolitions, along with the removal of the former Big Lots plaza can attract more development for the Northside.


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