(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday provided updates on several City construction projects following Empire State Development’s recently updated guidance regarding “essential and non-essential” construction projects in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Over the last few weeks, the City of Binghamton worked with state officials to verify and designate essential municipal and public-private projects that can advance under the Governor’s executive order,” said Mayor David. “These projects support critical local infrastructure, affordable housing, homeless housing and essential municipal operations. Furthermore, they create local jobs and keep wages and spending flowing through Binghamton’s economy.”
According to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6: “local governments, including municipalities and school districts, are allowed to continue construction projects at this time as government entities are exempt from these essential business restrictions. However, to the greatest extent possible, local governments should postpone any non-essential projects and only proceed with essential projects when they can implement social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols.”
The City has deemed the following municipal construction projects, beginning or continuing in the next 60 days, as “essential”:
- 7 Hawley Street Parking Garage, $10 million
- City Hall Roof Repair & Green Roof, $2.1 million (a project necessary to protect health and safety, unsafe to allow to remain undone)
- Street Paving & Reconstruction, $9.8 million
- Joint Sewage Treatment Plant Rehabilitation, $275 million
- New Downtown Fire Station, estimated $4-5 million
The City has deemed the following City-sponsored construction projects currently underway as “essential”:
- Family Enrichment Network 19-Unit Homeless Housing Development, $4.2 million
- Binghamton Housing Authority 48-Unit Affordable Housing Development “Canal Plaza/Grocery Store,” $20.5 million
The following municipal projects are designated as “non-essential,” and will continue in the planning and design phases only:
- New Harper M. Stantz Memorial Tennis Courts at Recreation Park
- New Recreation Park Ice Rink
- Washington Street Mall upgrades (Phase 1 of DECO District)
- Columbus Park upgrades
“Several of the non-essential projects in Binghamton, such as upgrades to the Washington Street pedestrian mall or tennis courts, are not yet ready for construction,” said Mayor David. “Nevertheless, we’re still finalizing plans and obtaining approvals so we will be ready to bid and build when New York State lifts its pause on certain construction projects. I thank Governor Cuomo and several state agencies for partnering on many of these projects, providing tens of millions of dollars in grants and other financial incentives to make them a reality.”
The project list is subject to change based on the condition of the City’s finances and if New York State again extends its pause on non-essential construction projects, according to Mayor David. Mayor David will make a final decision over the summer on whether the “non-essential” projects in planning and design will break ground this year. Many of the listed construction projects were announced in Mayor David’s February State of the City Address.
The list contains some of the larger, more visible municipal and City-sponsored projects in the City, but does not represent all of the projects that are permitted under the Governor’s pause on certain construction projects, according to Mayor David.
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