Change is coming to downtown Elmira

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Change is coming to Elmira.

Thursday nights meeting served as a way for the public to plan and brainstorm with the design team. It involved design-oriented discussions related to existing conditions and project parameters in order to ensure that these public areas can truly be enjoyed by the Elmira community as a whole.

It’s clear that many residents, people want is to see a vibrant city, come back to life.

Last week, USA Today published an article listing Elmira as one of two cities in the United States that has yet to break free from the grips of a recession that hit 10 years ago.

While the article left many upset, there are many who believe it can be a sprawling and booming city once again. 

The Downtown Revitalization Initiative was introduced back in 2016. The city received $10 million that has gone to a number of different projects. Plans to revitalize downtown Elmira have already begun, as new apartment complexes and business have already opened. 

Now the focus has shifted to rehabbing the Centertown parking garage, renovating Clemens Square, and improving the Riverfront Park. This is all an effort to encourage a more “liveable and walkable community.”

The project is scheduled to complete by 2022.

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