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Demolition on Ellis Brothers Furniture Begins

Demolition of the Ellis Brothers furniture building on Water Street in downtown Binghamton began on Friday.
Demolition of the Ellis Brothers furniture building on Water Street in downtown Binghamton began Friday.

Crews started with some hand demolition, focusing on the building's pressure points. This weekend, major demolition work is slated to occur.
It may take a few days to demolish it and a few weeks to haul the debris away. A massive fire destroyed the building last month. Just this week did engineers deem the building unsafe and said it needed to come down. Mayor Rich David says once the major demo work is completed, part of Water Street will be reopened.

Rich David says, "Once the heavy demolition is complete, we do expect to open a portion of Water Street, one lane of Water Street, to traffic so that the businesses can be more accessible than they currently are right now."

The Mayor says the Ellis family is evaluating a number of different options. Ellis Brothers Washington Street location is still open. During the demolition, Nirchi's on Water Street will be closed, but all other businesses in the area will remain open.
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