People who live near a graffiti-marred structure in a residential neighborhood on Binghamton's West Side are expressing growing frustration with the situation.

The property at 26 Seminary Avenue has been the subject of litigation for several years.

It was acquired more than a decade ago by a Long Island man whose three daughters attended Binghamton University.

Isaac Levin said he had hoped to rebuild the structure and convert it into student housing. But he said his plans were halted because of a dispute with city officials.

Levin said the city has spent thousands of dollars fighting him in court. Although he recently lost in his original legal battle, he said he plans to file another legal complaint soon.

Mayor Richard David described the building as "a notorious eyesore" due to the graffiti.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, David said there wasn't much the city could do while the litigation was underway. But he said now code enforcement officials can move forward in "trying to get the issues rectified."

The mayor said "maybe the city should try to acquire" the property in an effort to resolve the matter. He said "we're going to look at some different approaches" with respect to the building, which is at the corner of Seminary Avenue and Chapin Street.

The building at 26 Seminary Avenue in the past has housed businesses on the street level and apartments on the upper floors. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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