Governor Cuomo Announces Ribbon Cutting on $14 Million Centerpiece Project of Elmira Downtown Revitalization Initiative

September 18, 2019

West Water Street Mixed-Use Development Now Officially Open for Business in Downtown Elmira

Investment in Downtown Revitalization is Important Component of "Southern Tier Soaring," The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the City of Elmira has officially opened the doors on this centerpiece project of its Downtown Revitalization Initiative effort. Developer Park Grove Realty constructed a 65,000 square-foot, mixed-use development at 100 West Water Street downtown. The $14 million project included commercial and retail space and features 51 units of market-rate housing units, all of which are occupied. The West Water Street Project will also soon be home to a new coffee shop which will be run by Capabilities, an organization that empowers and assists people with disabilities

"As we focus on reenergizing Elmira's city center, the West Water Street project will help ensure that the Southern Tier continues to soar, laying the foundation for future growth and development across the entire region," Governor Cuomo said. "Today's ribbon cutting is just another testament that our Downtown Revitalization Initiative is working to boost local economies all across the state."

"Downtown Elmira is rich in culture and history, and we are building the momentum of excitement, growth, and prosperity in the area," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "I was proud to announce Elmira as a Downtown Revitalization Initiative award winner, along with the winning projects as part of the DRI and return again today to mark the opening of the West Water Street development. The project added 51 market-rate apartments, which are already fully occupied, along with new businesses in commercial and retail space. The DRI is helping to make Elmira's downtown more accessible and business-friendly, while increasing the use of the Chemung waterfront to enhance quality of life and strengthen the economy."

Read the full press release here.