Monday: State Office Building Garage To Close


Parking in downtown Watertown is about to get tighter - the state office building parking garage off Washington Street is being closed for repairs. 

The state is planning to close the garage June 1 and spend more than a million dollars on repairs and renovations. The work includes repaving, new entrances and exits and new stairs and doors.

While the work is being done, 150 state employees will have to find someplace else to park.

"They (the state) sent us a letter requesting that we reclassify our parking on Academy Street from the exit of the deck over to Gotham as on-street handicapped parking," said Elliot Nelson, assistant to the city manager.

What does that mean for everybody else?

State workers will have to find on-street parking or spots at the city's Stone Street lot ior the newly re-done J.B. Wise parking lot.

"There's ample parking, I think, to accommodate an additional 150 vehicles every day," Nelson said.

State officials hope the project will be finished by November 1. If it isn't, the work will be suspended for winter and resume next spring. 

The apparent low bidders on the work, according to the state Office of General Services, are:

Construction: Bette & Cring, Latham, $977,000
Electric: 34 & Company, Watertown, $118,000
Plumbing: Burns Brothers, Potsdam, $20,000


Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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