People who live near the site of the future Binghamton fire department headquarters say city officials have kept them in the dark about the project.

Pine Street residents are complaining that they were not permitted to offer any input about the potential impact of the project or how it would change the neighborhood.

Some who live closest to the construction site say things have been falling from shelves because of the vibrations caused by pile driving.

Construction work underway at the site of the future Binghamton Fire Department headquarters on September 7, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Ethan Bexley said everything in his apartment has been rattling due to the construction. He said sometimes he's had to "to sit in my closet to have Skype calls for work."

Bexley provided video to WNBF News showing a noise measuring app that displayed 104 decibels when work was underway at the site across from his apartment house.

Mayor Richard David on Thursday said "there's always more probably that can be done" in providing residents with advance details about a major project.

Speaking on WNBF's Binghamton Now program, David acknowledged that when people are "impacted day-to-day during a construction project it can sometimes be frustrating."

Although there may be inconveniences while work is underway, the mayor said "construction equals progress."

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Contact WNBF News reporter Bob Joseph: bob@wnbf.com or (607) 772-8400 extension 233.

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