ELMSFORD, N.Y. Elmsford's Main Street and Greenburgh's Manhattan Avenue are set to receive makeovers in 2012, beautifying the communities and ensuring safer pedestrian walkways on their heavily-trafficked streets.
Elmsford's Main Street will eventually look like it's Centennial Plaza, the plot of land to the right of Route 9A if driving southbound. Last year, Centennial Plaza was reconstructed and now boasts newer and more contemporary sidewalks, lamp posts, garbage cans and a high-hanging clock. Next year, Main Street between the Saw Mill Parkway and Sprain Brook Parkway bridges will mimic that new design.
"It's going to look really pretty," said Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams. "It's really going to revitalize Main Street. It's going to look sharp."
Westchester County's planning department designed the reconstruction through shared services. Con Edison should begin working on the poles and wiring in February, with construction to begin in the spring. Williams said that project should be completed later in 2012.
"We're really excited," said Williams. "That's our next year's exciting project to look forward to."
Greenburgh's Manhattan Avenue will also receive an overhaul with the installation of new stop signs, curbs and sidewalks, said Thomas Madden, commissioner of the town's department of community development and conservation.
Near the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the redesign will "put the road on a diet," said Madden. He explained that "bump outs" will be installed, shortening the space to travel across the streets. Coupled with the new stop signs, the new developments will slow drivers down, making the road safer for participants at the community center, the Lois Bronz Children's Center and the Union Baptist Church across the street.
Manhattan Avenue's redesign is expected to be completed by the summer.
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