(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Sen. Fred Akshar and Mayor Richard C. David today announced that $272,900 in state grant funding has been secured for demolition of the City’s former Collier St. parking garage, advancing the project for demolition on Monday.
“I thank Sen. Akshar for not only securing these critical funds but cutting through Albany red tape to expedite the grant process,” said Mayor David. “On Sen. Akshar’s first day in office, we toured the dilapidated parking facility and witnessed firsthand its deplorable condition. When City taxpayers needed state funding, he was ready to offer his support to get this eyesore torn down.”
“On my first day of office, I hit the ground running and began touring Binghamton with Mayor David," said Senator Fred Akshar. "Our first stop on our list was the Collier St. parking garage. Blight reduction has been a priority for the Mayor and it's also been a priority for the people of the 52nd Senate District. In the results of my Community Voice Survey, the overwhelming majority of respondents said that capital improvement funds should go to reducing blight. I'm glad we were able to be helpful in downtown Binghamton's positive transformation."
With funding secured, demolition will begin Monday, July 25. Gorick Construction, of Binghamton, was awarded the $484,000 project contract which includes asbestos abatement, demolition of the garage and removal of materials. Asbestos work is already underway.
The $272,900 grant, administered through the State and Municipal Facilities Program (SAM) of the Dormitory Authority State of New York (DASNY) and secured by Sen. Akshar, will cover the majority of the demolition costs. The City will fund the remaining $211,100 for demolition.
On Nov. 9, 2015, the Collier St. garage was permanently closed due to structural concerns discovered during restoration work. Millions of dollars were needed to keep the garage open until 2018, according to the City’s engineering consultant for the project. The City, in consultation with that engineering consultant, decided the most responsible course of action was to permanently close and demolish the Collier St. garage.
After demolition is complete, a surface lot will then be constructed and be open to the public in the short-term. The 0.8-acre site offers strategic long-term economic development opportunities in the heart of Downtown Binghamton.
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