Binghamton Mayor Richard David has announced what we've been hearing for a while now about the current Water Street parking ramp. And that news is, it will soon be no more.

In his press release, Mayor David announced the demolition to occur after the Christmas holiday to make way for mixed-use housing and parking development. The picture looks rather cool. Certainly much better the eyesore we have currently. Whenever I park in this ramp, I'm nervous about being there. It's been around for 50 years.

The new mixed housing and parking facility will consist of five stories. In the end, I think this is a real win for Downtown Binghamton. It will bring more people into the area and provide parking as well.

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But in the meantime, as the facility is constructed, which in the press release from Mayor Rich David does not state when the completion will be, I have concerns as someone who is a monthly parking permit holder in the State Street ramp.

The press release states that monthly parking permit holders from the Water Street ramp will be relocated to other city parking facilities. When student housing exploded in the Downtown Binghamton area and the Collier Street ramp was demolished, the State Street ramp became much more full.

So, will the State Street ramp take in monthly parkers from the Water Street ramp? Is there room enough? Currently, I have to park on the 3rd level down or drive up to level 7 or 8 to find a parking spot when I come downtown for work, and in the winter when heavy snow storms close off the top two open levels, parking spaces have been rare to none in the past.

I'm all for the new parking and residential ramp, and maybe there will be no issue with parking at the State Street ramp. Hopefully, that will be the case. After Christmas, we know for sure.

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