From department store to apartments, the revival of the Iszards building


The former Iszards department store building will soon house residents. 

The building on, 150 North Main Street, is where the Iszards store was located.

Right now, it’s home to the offices of empire blue cross blue shield.

The store opened up at that location in 1924 by Samuel French Iszard.

If you needed clothes, a bite to eat, this was the place to go. 

Now, from housing a department store, it will house residents. The top floors will soon be remodeled to have apartments.

“I think it says the community is coming back,” said Rachel Dworkin.  “The community is reviving and that’s a good thing and the fact they’re keeping a historic building in tact while finding a new use for it, I’m all in favor,” said Chemung valley History museum archivist Rachel Dworkin.

The store closed back in 1989, but if there’s anything that still remains, aside from the building, it’s the annual christmas parade here in the downtown. 

The Chemung County Clerk’s office said that the building was bought for $300,000, by the Ant Savings Corp. It’s an investment firm that deals with retail real estate.

As of right now there are no details as to when remodeling will start or how many apartments there will be.

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