BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Demolitions began on two properties on Pine Street in downtown Binghamton Wednesday.
The site will house a $7 million state-of-the-art fire station for the Binghamton Fire Department.
The department's current station has aged to the point where the floor no longer supports the tonnage for the fire engines.
According to Mayor Rich David, building the fire station was a financial move.
"We would have to had close half of city hall for several months while this project is going on so it would have been really disruptive and cost a significant amount of money just to only extend its life for a few years, that didn't make sense," Mayor David Said
Design work for the new station is currently underway by local firm Keystone Associates.
Keystone has partnered with a renowned national firm that specializes in fire station design, plans are expected to be drafted by winter.
A ground breaking will take place in 2020 close to early spring.