Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott are sharing an $80 million New York State grant to improve quality of life.

There are 32 projects under the funding umbrella ranging from tearing down blighted properties for use as housing and commercial development to establishing facilities and programs for the arts.

The Greater Binghamton Fund will cover about 20% of selected project costs with the municipalities and private sources providing the remaining financing.

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Binghamton plans to develop a lot of housing through the Binghamton Housing Authority and developers while other projects have sights set on the former Henry B. Endicott School, the Endicott Inn and what had been the O’Neil Building on Court Street in Downtown Binghamton.

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Plans are underway for establishing Binghamton’s first arts and cultural district using a portion of the allocation.

Johnson City is getting on the restoration and re-use bus with plans to fix up a former fire station on Avenue B to be transformed into housing and commercial space.