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Demolition of Vacant Property Expands Park Space in Binghamton

An unoccupied property was demolished to provide more room for a park in the Southside of Binghamton.

After being vacant for approximately ten years, 10 Alfred St., next to Alfred Street Park, was taken down Thursday afternoon. Its demolition will expand the park's size about 33%, according to Binghamton Mayor Rich David. The new addition will give children and families in the neighborhood more room to enjoy outdoor activities.

“When I was walking the streets we had a lot of concern from residents with this blighted house.And they were excited to hear that it was coming down. And it is, it’s very exciting just to get rid of the blight in the city and make our city more attractive,” said Councilman for District 6 John Matzo.

This demolition is part of a citywide effort to clean up blighted properties in the community. Construction for the park's expansion will begin next spring. Officials say the extension is at no additional cost to taxpayers.