Construction on $15 million south side project set to begin


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Construction on $15 million south side project set to begin

Construction on a $15 million project to revitalize a block of Elmira’s south side is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

The Chemung Crossing project will consist of 45 affordable housing units and 4,200 square feet of commercial space within the South Main, West Henry and Harmon Street neighborhood.

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“One of the challenges that we face is the quality of our rental housing stock and this will begin to address that challenge,” Mayor Dan Mandell said in a statement.

The company will build one studio apartment, 33 one-bedroom, one two-bedroom, eight three-bedroom and two four-bedroom units. Each will be affordable to individuals and families earning from around $20,000 to $35,000, said Housing Visions Vice President Ben Lockwood.

Rents would be income-based, ranging from $450 to $625 for a one-bedroom, $560 for a two-bedroom, $660 to $794 for a three-bedroom and $975 for a four-bedroom unit.

Prospective tenants would undergo a background check and a check of landlord references going back five years, Lockwood said. The company will employ a full-time property manager and maintenance staff member.

“Chemung Crossing will stimulate the local economy by the hiring of local contractors, laborers, and vendors when feasable…serving as a catalyst that encourages others to invest,” county officials said in a statement released Monday.

An official groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled later this fall.

Jessica Hice is a reporter with the Star-Gazette. Tips or comments? Call her at (607) 271-8242. On Twitter? Follow @Jess_Hice