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Portion of Collier Street Garage Closed 'Indefinitely'

(BINGHAMTON)--The City of Binghamton has indefinitely closed the top two floors of the Collier St. parking garage.

In a release sent Friday afternoon, Binghamton Mayor Rich David said crews working on the ramp learned the problems were more expensive and complex than originally expected.

220 of 535 parking spots will be closed.

David said the city would have to spend $700,000-$800,000 to keep the garage fully open for the next few years.

Now, David said the garage will remain partially open until 2018.

“Since the day I took office, I’ve stressed that the Collier St. garage is reaching the end of its useful life and a new facility must be built to replace it,” said Mayor David. “As the new Regional Economic Development Council awards and Upstate Revitalization Competition move forward, it is critical that the Collier Street Commons project be listed as one of the region’s top priorities.

In March, the city began a $1.4 million dollar repair project on all three municipal parking garages.

All City-owned and parking management vehicles have been relocated to the State and Water St. parking garages.