A mansion on Binghamton's West Side that had been eyed for student housing now is expected to become the new home for a professional firm.

Plans are being finalized for Chianis + Anderson Architects to move to the historic property at 31 Front Street.

Developer Josh Bishop had wanted to turn the former Davidge Mansion into a 34-bedroom housing project. That plan died because of neighborhood opposition.

The Front Street site previously had been used by SaveAround before that company moved to the city's First Ward.

The Davidge Mansion, which was built in 1903, has been on the market with an asking price of $850,000.

A staircase in the century-old mansion at 31 Front Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The Broome County Industrial Development Agency Wednesday approved a $360,000 loan request for the property acquisition.

Agency executive director Stacey Duncan said the planned use for the Front Street site will be good because "it fits with that neighborhood."

Duncan said Chianis + Anderson currently has 21 full-time employees. The company's offices now are located at 84 Court Street in downtown Binghamton.

Greg Chianis, a founding partner in the architectural firm, declined to comment about the project.

A view inside the former Davidge Mansion on Binghamton's West Side. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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