A proposal to include housing and commercial space as part of a new downtown Binghamton parking facility has been scrapped.

Mayor Richard David Wednesday announced the city now intends to build only a 304-space garage at the 7 Hawley Street site.

The revised project is expected to cost between $9 million and $10 million. The city will utilize $2,152,300 in state funds for the garage and a small surface lot.

Pike Company of Rochester had been retained by the city to develop what was to have been a mixed-use facility.

The company no longer will be involved now that the focus has shifted to a project involving only parking. Pike is expected to be paid $300,000 for the work the firm did under the previous plan.

Clark Patterson Lee, an architecture and engineering firm, will finalize the design of the parking garage.

City council is expected to consider legislation on the revised plan at its September 18 meeting.

Major construction work on the garage now is slated to start by next spring. The facility could be in operation by the end of 2020.

This rendering of a proposed Hawley Street parking garage was released by the city of Binghamton in February 2018.

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