(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David and Senator Fred Akshar on Monday joined construction officials to officially open the new downtown parking garage at 7 Hawley St. in Binghamton.
“Binghamton’s new parking garage is a major infrastructure investment to support the continued economic growth of downtown Binghamton and the small businesses who drive it,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “The project took years of work by City officials and our partners to design the garage, secure grant funds and execute a difficult construction plan. The garage is well-built, well-equipped with technology and security measures and will support downtown businesses, residents and events for decades. My special thanks to Senator Fred Akshar, who on his first day in office toured downtown Binghamton and made this project a priority.”
The 304-spot garage is located at the intersection of Hawley Street and Washington Street downtown, near government plaza, Visions Veterans Memorial Arena, Boscov’s, Holiday Inn, Binghamton University’s Downtown Center, and the heart of Binghamton’s business district.
The 7 Hawley St. garage features an elevator, four electric vehicle charging spots, interior LED lighting and exterior LED accent lighting. It has six “blue light” intercom and camera kiosks, and a host of new security cameras. Water connections on each floor support regular maintenance and cleaning of salt and debris in the garage.
The garage is the new home of the LAZ Parking main office, where monthly parking memberships are purchased for all City parking garages. The garage is open Monday for short-term parking, with monthly parking memberships starting Feb. 1 and available for purchase now.
A 27-space surface lot next to the garage will be finalized in the spring.
The total cost of the nine-month construction project was $9.9 million. A $2,152,300 grant from Empire State Development supported construction of the new garage.
The 7 Hawley St. garage replaces the Collier St. Parking Garage that was closed for structural safety issues and demolished in 2016.
"Another promise kept for the people of our community," said Senator Fred Akshar. "On my very first day of office, we hit the ground running and began touring Binghamton with Mayor David. The Mayor's done an incredible job helping bring Binghamton back and transforming downtown, and asked what I could do to help. Our first stop was at the recently closed Collier St. Ramp. Dangerous parking garages are not only bad for downtown development, they're a public safety issue, so my team and I got to work. I’m proud to have played a small part working with our local and state partners to speed up this revitalization process and help bring new life and new opportunities to this centerpiece of downtown Binghamton. There's more work to do, but this is another important step in the right direction.”
The City’s construction team was led by architect Clark Patterson Lee, of Binghamton, general contractor William H. Lane, of Binghamton, and pre-cast concrete supplier Unistress of Pittsfield, Mass.
A new way to pay
For the first time at a City parking garage, the 7 Hawley Street garage will feature a new payment process.
Drivers without a monthly membership will enter the garage and be provided a ticket. They will park as normal and leave the garage. When returning to their vehicle, drivers may pay for parking via cash or credit card at two walk-up pay stations — one near the garage’s elevator and one near the vehicle entrance — and be provided an exit ticket.
Drivers who pay upon leaving the ramp at the exiting pay station may pay by credit card only.
Traffic changes on Washington Street
With construction of the garage, a portion of Washington Street is now open to two-way traffic. Drivers may exit the garage and drive toward Hawley Street or Court Street. There is new “no parking areas on both sides of Washington Street.
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