The demolition effort for the old Water Street parking ramp next to Binghamton’s Boscov department store is entering its final stages.

The city-owned garage opened in 1970. It was ordered demolished due to structural issues, including deteriorating steel beams and crumbling concrete.

The massive project started at the end of December. Most of the parking lot was demolished by Gorick Construction teams.

The parking lot demolition site on March 14, 2022. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

The parking lot demolition site on March 14, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The demolition work is about to get tougher as the southern end of the old structure is removed where it connects to the department store building.

Boscov senior vice president Jacob Stein said in January that the company had been in discussions with the demolition contractor to schedule the work as it got closer to the store.

At the time, Stein said the goal was to ensure the project would be “low-disruptive.”

Stein was not available to provide an update on the effect the next stage of demolition work may have on store operations.

A section of the old car park near the Binghamton Boscovs department store. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

A section of the old car park near the Binghamton Boscov department store. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

After the removal of the old garage, the city plans to build a 549-space parking lot to replace it. An apartment complex is to be built above the new garage.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected].

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