The most challenging aspect of tearing down an old Binghamton parking facility will be the removal of a section that's above the north end of the Boscov's department store.

It's not known whether part of the store may be temporarily closed during the demolition work.

Boscov's senior vice president Jacob Stein said store representatives have been discussing the project with the demolition contractor to ensure that "it will be minimally disruptive."

Demolition work at the Water Street parking garage on January 3, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
Demolition work at the Water Street parking garage on January 3, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Mayor Jared Kraham said the city is working with Boscov's representatives to determine "what the best plan will be for that them and their customers and their store operation."

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Tuesday, Kraham said there are "a bunch of different scenarios" that are being considered.

The mayor said it's possible demolition work on the garage section over the store could be done in the morning before Boscov's opens.

An entrance to the Boscov's store from the Water Street garage on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
An entrance to the Boscov's store from the Water Street garage on November 16, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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Kraham said it will be several weeks before the demolition crews reach that point in their work to remove the old structure. Gorick Construction is tearing down the garage.

The Water Street parking ramp opened in May 1970. A new 549-space garage is to be built at the site. An apartment complex is to be constructed above the new parking facility.

A car travels past the demolition site on January 3, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
A car travels past the demolition site on January 3, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)
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