The site of the old Damomics building as well as the former Harold’s building on Water Street is being demolished on September 28, 2015, prompting many to speculate on what could be built at that location.
Surrounding businesses received notice from construction company Edger Enterprises regarding the status of the demolition.
When asked about what they’d like to see in its place, many residents said they don’t know what would thrive in that location of downtown Elmira. However Elmira resident, Michael Calveric, said he has an idea that could prompt additional business.
“I think in terms of downtown elmira the spot that’s going to be open on water street, perhaps a good idea would be, housing that would be affordable. We’d have more people to move in to downtown and then perhaps the businesses that are there could thrive and we might even get some more,” said Calveric.
The former Rosenbaum’s building was torn down in 2015.
Currently there are no announced plans for what might be built and the cleared site.
City and County officials said there are potential parties interested in developing the site if it is cleared.
Some suggestions on WETM’s facebook page were for in-patient rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, additional shopping and restaurants.
others also expressed interest in a youth recreational center for the children of the city.