BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- A developer is spending millions to rehabilitate two historic Binghamton buildings, Mayor Richard C. David announced at a groundbreaking Monday at 33 S. Washington St.
Developer Brett Pritchard aims to spend $5 million to renovate the former Number 5 restaurant building and historic Binghamton fire station on the city's south side.
In addition, the mayor's office said Pritchard will construct a new gas station, convenience store, bank and restaurant.
“This project preserves and protects two historic South Side buildings, while redeveloping an underutilized parking lot on a major commercial corridor,” said Mayor David. “With a focus on walkable access, landscaping and building aesthetics, this project will be a neighborhood asset for South Side residents."
The former restaurant and fire station will be transformed into commercial office space. The former flood-damaged LA Tazza coffee shop will be converted into retail and office space.
Workers have begun demolishing a home at 28 Mary St.
The city said the tenants who will occupy the new spaces will be announced soon.
Additionally, the project will create 60 short term construction jobs, the mayor's office said.