A developer who a few weeks ago said he was "really excited" about a project involving the old Masonic Temple building on Binghamton's West Side now is trying to sell the property.

Isaac Anzaroot acquired the six-story structure near Binghamton High School for about $67,000 three years ago. His asking price for the site and a neighboring parking lot is $1,999,000, according to an online listing

WBNG 12 News first reported that Anzaroot had put the Masonic Temple site up for sale.

A view inside the Masonic Temple from Murray Street on May 4, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

In early May, workers descended on the property to remove debris from the 99-year-old building.

Anzaroot has proposed 38 apartment units with a total of 56 bedrooms for the six-story structure.

After work started at the site last month, Anzaroot said the roof would be repaired before construction started inside.

The Masonic Temple building on May 4, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The developer had said July 2022 was his goal for occupancy of the building. He said he wanted the project completed in time for the structure's 100th anniversary.

In a more recent conversation, Anzaroot told WNBF News the work at the building was proceeding but he did not mention that he was attempting to find a buyer for the property.

Anzaroot previously has acquired another high-profile building in Broome County with ambitious plans before selling the property to another developer.

In late 2017, Anzaroot bought the old Endicott Johnson Victory Building in Johnson City for $250,000 from Broome County for a senior housing project.

Plans for that development fell through. Anzaroot sold the property in March 2020 to a Syracuse developer for $1.6 million.

Graffiti on the walls of the Masonic Temple building on October 28, 2016. (Photo:Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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