A recreational facility and conservation area are to be developed along a busy section of the Vestal Parkway in coming months.

Town supervisor John Schaffer says plans call for the transformation of the land that had been occupied by more than a dozen homes in the Rivercrest development.

North Star Group of Vestal owns 27 parcels between the parkway and the Susquehanna River. The properties are just west of the Binghamton city line. Homes on the site across from University Plaza were demolished several years ago.

Schaffer said the town board has approved a conservation easement from North Star Group. He said the project will create a "beautiful green space" with amenities that could include trails and sidewalks.

The last homes in the Rivercrest Historic District were removed nearly four years ago. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Plans presented to the board show a site for an open air facility that could be used for cultural, educational and recreational purposes.

A parking area for about 30 vehicles also has been proposed.

A North Star Group representative could not be reached to comment on when work may start on the project.

Schaffer said he's excited about the planned work. He said he believes it could be completed by the end of the year.

A green space recreational project is planned on the Vestal Parkway, across from University Plaza. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com

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