A half-dozen residential buildings are to be renovated and a new apartment house will be constructed as part of an $8.1 million housing initiative in Binghamton.

Work on the project is expected to get underway late this year.

Buildings on Edwards Street, Mather Street and North Street are to be renovated. A new structure is planned on the southwest corner of Walnut and North streets.

The First Ward Action Council is working with the city on the project, which is to create 23 affordable apartments in the neighborhood north of Main Street.

Edwin and Lorri Williams on the porch of their Edwards Street residence on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

News of the project came as a surprise to a couple of residents of a building that is to be renovated. Edwin and Lorri Williams were sitting on the porch of the house they rent at 10 Edwards Street Wednesday afternoon when a reporter informed them of the announcement from City Hall.

They seemed disappointed as they contemplated being displaced by the planned work. Lorri Williams said "we love the neighborhood." They expect to receive relocation assistance.

First Ward Action Council executive director Jerry Willard could not be reached for comment for more details about the planned project.

The city of Binghamton will provide $275,000 in federal funding for the initiative. $3 million in state money also will be used for the project.

A new building is to be constructed on this site at 95 Walnut Street in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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