WENY News - Community Arts of Elmira Working to Reduce Blight

Community Arts of Elmira Working to Reduce Blight

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Community Arts of Elmira is continuing its work to reduce blight in the city.

On Thursday, phase one in the nonprofit's multi-phase plan ended with demolition. The second of two vacant and condemned homes were demolished. The properties, both located on East Second Street, will now make way for public art space.

"The demolition of 307 and 309 East Second Street represents Community Arts of Elmira's effort to reduce blight in our neighborhoods," says Lynne Ruskino, President of Community Arts of Elmira.

Community Arts recently completed a Public Art Wall, located on the corner of East Second and Baldwin Street. 

"The spaces that are left with the demolition will be orchards, will be of community use and community enjoyment," says Ruskino. "So as we're taking down, we're also rebuilding." 

The non-profit says it's not just about reducing the amount of homes like these in the city, but also about building in their place.

"The creativity of the artists and the architects and the landscapers, each element--professional element, community element, is a creator. and we welcome that input as we continue to build this neighborhood--our part of this neighborhood we love

"The creativity of the artists and the architects and the landscapers, each element--professional element, community element, is a creator," says Rusinko. "We welcome that input as we continue to build this neighborhood--our part of this neighborhood--that we love."

Rebuilding these lots will likely happen in 2018.

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