WENY News - Elmira resident voices promenade concerns through Facebook page

Elmira resident voices promenade concerns through Facebook page

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Efforts are underway to clean up what city officials have called an underutilized space in Elmira's downtown: the promenade crossing Water, Gray, Church and Second Streets. 
    
The 2.5 million dollar project was unveiled seven years ago, as part of a three-phase plan to revitilize Elmira's downtown area.

Now residents are voicing concerns on social media, creating a Facebook page in hopes of seeing a change.

"I just don't want to get defeated," says founder Maggie Young. "I wanted to make it public and talk about the problem to hold myself accountable. I can't adopt an entire park, but I can adopt a few feet of concrete and tell a better story here."

Young's main concerns are the amount of trash and cigarette butts found throughout. She'd like to see trash cans and ash trays installed.
    
Over the years, the promenade has also become a hot spot for crime and loitering. In response, the city and county have begun talking about how these sort of issues can be addressed.

"We're really kind of all working together and really trying to come up with different ideas and solutions," says 2nd District City Councilman Brent Stermer. "They won't just move that issue to a different part of the city. They [will] create an issue that can be solved and worked through."

Plans are in the works to power-wash the entire area. Meanwhile, the hope is to bring it back to what the space was originally intended to be.

"You could do some sort of farmer's market, there's a lot of things you could do," says Stermer. "Really it's about getting the community to come together and really take that active role in downtown and getting it cleaned up."

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