New owner plans modern apartments at Old Dixie Hotel in Binghamton

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Plans are underway to transform a downtown Binghamton rooming house into a modern apartment complex.

The former Dixie Hotel and two other Henry Street properties were sold by Faisal Afify last month. They were acquired by Henry Street Preferred LLC of Monroe for $1,545,000.

John Tager is a partner in the entity that purchased the five-story building called Dixie 2000 in recent years.

Old furniture and other belongings are removed from the former Dixie Hotel on Henry Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Old furniture and other belongings are removed from the former Dixie Hotel on Henry Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

More than a dozen people still lived there despite a condemnation order from the city that had been issued months earlier.

Tager said that after the location left, crews began emptying the place in preparation for a major renovation project. He said he expects the job to rebuild the property to cost more than $2 million.

Tager will consult with engineering and architectural experts to develop plans for the apartment complex. The works will include the installation of an elevator in the building. It has not been determined whether the property will be developed for market-priced apartments or student accommodation.

A view of part of the first floor of the old rooming house. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A view of part of the first floor of the old rooming house. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Tager thinks it will take about three or four months to finalize the renovation plans.

Tager said he was excited about the project, noting that the former Dixie Hotel is in the city’s newly designated “Stadium District.” Binghamton officials have been working to redevelop the neighborhood near the city-owned baseball stadium.

A container full of debris was about to be transported off the Henry Street site on July 22, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A container full of debris was about to be transported off the Henry Street site on July 22, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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