Elmira Mayor provides updates on major city projects


Elmira Mayor Dan Mandell spoke with 18 News and provided updates on some of the city’s biggest and more visible projects to local landmarks.

Replacing the vacant Tops building

Mandell said the city recently reached out to the property owners in Manhattan on an update on the project. In the past, the owners have been interested in opening an Ollie’s or neighborhood Walmart.

Latest on fixing the N. Main Street clock

A repair order was put in to replace the clock, and Mandell is not sure whether crews are waiting on parts, but he will follow up with City Manager Mike Collins.

Latest on the clock tower

The city recently got a preliminary estimate to repair the historic clock tower on Elmira’s city hall after it suffered water damage in the fall. It has been covered with a tarp during the winter to protect it until repairs can be made.

Mandell said they expect the project to cost around $2 million to restore the clock, and they have the option to take it down at about half the price. At this time they do not plan on taking down the clock tower.

Pedestrians using the Clemens Center Parkway bridge

Mayor Mandell is urging pedestrians not to walk across the Clemens Center Parkway bridge while other bridges are under construction. He says there are signs directing people not to cross the bridge on foot, and that people should use the Lake Street bridge to walk across.

Cigarette litter in the city

Mandell said there will be an initiative to pick up the cigarettes littered across parts of downtown Elmira, particularly at the bus station. He said that the bus station area is a county-owned property, but there will be a clean-up scheduled soon.

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