An agency that provides services to people with developmental disabilities is planning to open a group home in a Binghamton neighborhood.

Oneonta-based Springbrook purchased the house at 35 Blackstone Avenue on the city's South Side in January of last year. Property records show the agency acquired the site from Kiernan Crowley for $225,000.

A contractor has started making renovations to the existing 2,400-square-foot house. Plans indicated a 1,080-square-foot addition was to be constructed.

Renovation work was underway at the house at 35 Blackstone Avenue on June 1, 2021. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News
Renovation work was underway at the house at 35 Blackstone Avenue on June 1, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A woman who lives next door to the site called WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program to express her concerns about the planned group home to Mayor Richard David.

The woman said neighbors have not been informed about what she understands will be a seven-bedroom group home for residents between the ages of 21 and 30.

The mayor said several residents near the site have contacted his office about the project. He said it moved forward because it is a state project. He said the city "had no say whatsoever" on the group home.

David said the state has assured the city that sex offenders won't be housed at the residence.

Springbrook representatives did not return a call seeking comment on the new group home.

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