State Street, Burger Mondays Reopen After Brief “Brick Break”
Three weeks after a partial parapet wall collapse, a busy downtown street and a popular restaurant are back in service.
A section of State Street north of Henry Street was closed February 9 because of safety concerns involving the building at 23 Henry Street. City officials also would not allow the Burger Mondays dining room to operate.
Several bricks plunged from the top of the five-story structure to the sidewalk and the roadway. There apparently were no witnesses to the incident and no injuries were reported.
The bricks were spotted by a Binghamton fire department crew passing through the intersection.
After an initial phase of repair work was performed, city officials inspected the structure and late Wednesday approved the reopening of the street and the restaurant.
State Street was back in use Thursday morning. The restaurant's dining room reopened in the afternoon.
Matthew Jones of Burger Mondays was excited that full operations would be able to resume. While the dining room was closed, the restaurant shifted to providing takeout for its customers.
Jones was pleased the place would be able to welcome people who will be visiting downtown Binghamton for Saturday's St. Patrick's parade.
Tim Moran of Foundation Housing, which manages the building, said a portion of the sidewalk on Henry Street will remain closed while additional work continues. He said crews are expected to be at the site through the end of the month.
The owners of the property are working to finalize plans for a major renovation project at the building. Those plans were being developed before the parapet issue arose.
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