Work on what's expected to be a complicated process of tearing down a closed Binghamton parking garage could begin this month.

Mayor Richard David said the city is making preparations for the project, which will cause some disruption to downtown vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

The mayor said Gorick Construction Company has submitted the lowest bid to demolish the abandoned structure which is owned by the city. The Broome County contractor is seeking about $484,000 for the job.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, David said he believes work could get underway this month or next.

Street closures are expected for the demolition project, which likely will take several weeks to complete.

The mayor said plans are proceeding for the short-term use for the site. A surface parking lot will occupy the property after the ramp has been removed.

The Collier Street garage was closed six months ago because of safety concerns.

The city's long-term goal is to redevelop the site, which is located directly across from City Hall at Hawley and State streets.

David said a combination of uses - including housing, retail and parking - might be possible for the parcel.

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