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Crane operations at the old press building near Binghamton Street

Traffic was being diverted from a busy street in downtown Binghamton because a crane was being used for a project at the Printing House apartment building.

Workers at Pro-Tel Telecom in Norwich were removing communications equipment from the top of the old press building at 19 Chenango Street.

A Pro-Tel supervisor said old equipment used by a major mobile phone company was being dismantled. Items removed from the building were taken away for possible reuse.

A section of Chenango Street was closed as workers removed communications equipment on July 26, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A section of Chenango Street was closed as workers removed communications equipment on July 26, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The crane used for the job was from the CP Ward Crane department of Montour Falls.

Several Pro-Tel employees took part in the project, which began on Monday.

Chenango Street was closed to traffic between Henry Street and the Court Street roundabout. The construction supervisor said he expected the work to be completed by Tuesday afternoon.

Sections of a communications facility were loaded onto a trailer on Chenango Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Sections of a communications facility were loaded onto a trailer on Chenango Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Pro-Tel staff worked on the equipment of the printing office building a few years ago during a roof replacement project.

The student apartment complex was developed into the 12-story structure that was built in 1904 for The Binghamton Press. It served as the newspaper’s home for six decades.

The building was later restored and used for offices until it suffered extensive smoke and water damage from a massive fire at a nearby structure in December 2010. It opened as student accommodation in August 2016.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected]. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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