Three buildings in the heart of Binghamton's future "Stadium District" are about to be sold.
A real estate agent said the properties are on Henry Street in the block west of the city-owned Mirabito Stadium. She said they are under contract to a developer from downstate. She declined to identify the prospective buyer but she said the deal could close early next month.
The former Hotel Dixie at 106 Henry Street, as well as buildings at 104 and 116 Henry Street, were to be sold at auction late last year. A parking lot next to what is now known as the "Dixie 2000 Center" also was available as part of the package.
The starting bid for the auction was advertised as $450,000.
Broome County property records show the parcels are owned by Faisal Afify of Binghamton. They are located directly across the street from the main post office. Afify could not be reached for comment.
It's not known whether the person interested in acquiring the Henry Street sites intends to rehabilitate the buildings or whether he may be planning to remove them to prepare for new construction.
An online listing for the buildings suggested the "best use would be to redevelop for student housing."
The five-story "Dixie 2000" in recent years became known as a place where many registered sex offenders resided.
There are about 52 rooms in the building but it's believed about half of them now are unoccupied.
The city of Binghamton hired an Ithaca consulting firm to come up with a redevelopment strategy for the neighborhood in the area of the baseball stadium. The facility opened 30 years ago but the economic benefits supporters said it would bring about never materialized.
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