The new downtown Binghamton parking garage at 7 Hawley Street near Binghamton City Hall has finally officially opened.

(Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The bids on several contracts for the facility were awarded in early March before the shutdown of most businesses due to the outbreak of the coronavirus across the state.

Work on the $12-million, 300-space parking facility continued through the pandemic as the construction was considered to be on an essential project.

Over the summer, large, concrete modular units, weighing several tons were shipped via truck on Interstate 88 from Massachusetts to the region and staged at the Binghamton Plaza before being careful maneuvered into place in downtown Binghamton.

(Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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The new facility features heightened security over the other municipal-owned parking garages, charging stations for electric vehicles and elevators.

There is also a surface lot for additional 30 parking spaces is planned for the west side of the new development.

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