The City of Elmira held a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed roundabout on North Main Street.
Savino’s Liquor & Wine started a petition less than a month ago in opposition to the roundabout plans. Employees said it will significantly impact business by taking up already limited street parking. That petition now has just about 4,000 signatures from people who say they don’t see a need for the traffic feature.
“You know this intersection has been like this for years, I mean many years–decades for that matter,” Savino’s employee Matthew Ferraro said.
“There’s no reason to waste that sort of money on that sort of a project. This business is been here for 41 years as a liquor store and this is poised to hurt us and we’re greatly concerned with the livelihood of our employees and the whole business,” he said.
About 100 people were at the meeting to voice their concerns. Chemung County Legislature Marty Chalk said the city is aware of the many concerns community members have.
“Look I understand Savino’s and all the others they have businesses to run,” Chalk said.
“There are people that live there I understand why they’re not happy with this I really do. I think the key now is to make sure that we make this the least bit intrusive as we can and try to help them through the difficult times that lie ahead quite frankly,” Chalk said.
Elmira mayor Dan Mandell told 18 News that there’s nothing he can do to stop construction. He said the plans to build this roundabout started in 2005 and were finalized in November 2015.
The new roundabout should help cut down on accidents in that area. Mayor Mandell said they will also be replacing storm sewers and refinishing 2nd and 3rd Street as part of the project.