ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - More affordable housing is coming to Elmira’s southside.
Officials broke ground Thursday on Chemung Crossing on South Main Street. The project will add 45 new affordable housing units and about 3,800 square feet of commercial space.
It includes new construction of six buildings and rehabilitation of two historic buildings. The development will transform several blighted and vacant lots along South Main Street, Harmon Street and West Henry Street.
“I think the direct benefit will obviously be to the residents, to the high quality, safe, affordable rental housing. The ripple effects are it helps to reinforce the good things that are going on on South Main Street, the work that the City of Elmira has done,” says Ben Lockwood, Vice President of Business Development at Vision Housing. “It helps to reinforce with a really high-quality landlord to encourage other people to invest further in the neighborhood.”
Housing Visions is a nonprofit development, construction, and property management company. The company’s goal is to stabilize and rehabilitate declining neighborhoods.
The first buildings are expected to be available in the next six to eight months. They hope the project will be completely finished by the end of next year.