An unexpected opportunity has added to efforts to revitalize the Front Street Gateway entering the City of Binghamton.

A dilapidated home at 250 Front recently came on the market among several historic homes that the First Ward Action Council is rehabilitating.

Action Council Executive Director Jerry Willard quickly reached out to the Broome County Land Bank about acquiring the property, lest it fall into the hands of an owner who wouldn’t take care of it.

This morning, Willard was joined by city, county and Land Bank officials to celebrate its demolition.

Willard says it’s a case of addition by subtraction.

“The wrong people could buy the building and it could be a big distraction from what we’re trying to do here. Being proactive, with the support of the Land Bank, we were able to come in and deal with it,” said Willard.

The Land Bank is using $78,000 provided by the New York Attorney General’s Office for the demolition.

The lot will be used as a small park and community garden.