Binghamton Mayor Richard David says the Washington Street Mall has been a concrete desert in the heart of downtown for years but is currently under a rebirth.

The City has begun redevelopment of the Mall that will include 11 new parking spaces, sidewalk improvements, enhanced lighting and other aesthetic upgrades.

During the first phase, that is already underway, temporary parking is being added to accommodate downtown visitors.

The first phase is expected to be done by the end of next month with phase two beginning in the spring.

That portion of the project includes new curbs, brick pavers, reconfiguration of lighting and landscaping.

The Washington Street Mall had been home to Binghamton Walk of Fame for years. But those 45 bronze stars and names have been moved to the Forum Theater.

The Washington Street Mall project is being done by R. DeVincentis Construction of Binghamton which provided a $336,000 low bid for both phases of the project.

Binghamton is covering the cost through capital bonding.