More State Cash Delays Start of Binghamton Parking Project
A long-anticipated downtown Binghamton parking garage will receive another infusion of state government funding.
While the additional cash from Albany is being welcomed by Mayor Richard David, he said it means there will be a "slight delay" in getting construction underway for the mixed-use complex at 7 Hawley Street.
David revealed the new state appropriation on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program. He said the city will get a "significant amount" of additional money but he would not be more specific.
The mayor said the city is dealing with "new paperwork" to obtain final approval for the additional money. He indicated design changes may be made but he would not indicate how the project might differ from what has been discussed publicly.
David said while there will be another delay in the start of construction for the facility, he said "our goal is still this year."
The mayor said a formal announcement of the new state funding is expected in the next few weeks.
About $2.5 million in city funding is to be used for the project and the city has plans to borrow nearly $9 million more for the complex. The state already has granted more than $3.4 million for the facility.
In May of last year, city officials said the tentative opening of the parking garage would be this spring.
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