City Center Built with Local Jobs
Elmira city council makes it official giving a downtown federal building over to the Regional City Center Developer, clearing the way for him to get started on the project.
September 10, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Elmira city council makes it official giving a downtown federal building over to the Regional City Center Developer, clearing the way for him to get started on the project. Continuing our coverage tonight on this big project for Elmira.
The city council made it official, and sold the federal building to Elmira Regional City Center LLC, the group created to facilitate the development of the new city center.
Developer Michael Elzufon was in the building and addressed the council. Elzufon wanted to let the council know he plans to use as many local workers as he can find to build the new city center, bringing new jobs to Elmira.
“He's promised us to use as much of the local talent as he can and we may not have enough people here. Isn't that amazing thought to have that we may not have enough people here,” says Elmira City Mayor Sue Skidmore.
“This is a project that I developed locally and it should be built local. Our general contractors architects ect. have all been charged with going out of their way to recruit local participation,” says Elzufon.
Michael Elzufon has become a legendary figure to the Elmira City Council. Swooping in and coming up with the idea that could save the city from a stagnant economy. One of the properties he is looking to fix with local workers is the old federal building. The city gave the property away at one time. It was then donated back later and since then its just been sitting vacant.
“We've used it for storage and we thought we could use it for police headquarters and we've had developers come in and look at the property and we've just never got past that step.”
The city took some “Restore New York” money and put it towards fixing the federal building in the hope a developer would become interested. That's when Michael Elzufon came in with the idea for the Elmira City Center Project.
“His ideas are grandious but her certainly got the background the wherewithal and the financial stability to make it happen so we are very excited about this. Our portion of this is basically selling the federal building, getting the plans and closing Gray street the rest of it is up to him,” says Skidmore.
Project leaders are waiting to hear back from the state to see if they win a state grant worth more than $5 million.