ELMSFORD, N.Y. – Elmsford officials will launch their Main Street Streetscape Project with a groundbreaking ceremony this week, as the village prepares to spruce up the area's looks.
The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Kiwanis Park, which is at Main Street and Stone Avenue.
"I'm excited. We all are," said Mayor Robert Williams, who has been planning the $1.6 million project since 2008. "We thought of it as a rebeautification of Main Street and the village. It's going to look so much nicer. And people will be proud of the village."
The development will replace or add features along Main Street. Many rotting trees have already been cut down, allowing passers-by to see storefront signs that branches had been covering.
Benches, light poles, curbs, parking meters and sidewalks will be replaced on Main Street. Bump-outs will be added at high-traffic areas to make pedestrian traffic safer.
"If we can do Main Street, it will revitalize our village," Williams said. "Everybody comes through here. It will look nicer, which will bring more shoppers. We don't have too many empty stores, which is nice, but this will bring more business. It will increase property values. Main Street is a cut-through, and we want to make it more of a main street. We believe that the whole village is going to benefit from it."
The construction is expected to begin within a week or two. While there is no projected end date, the village expects to halt construction by mid to late November because of weather. Construction can restart in March or April and continue until it is finished.
Past and present village trustees are expected to show for the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Rep. Nita Lowey, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly member Thomas Abinanti and county executive Rob Astorino. Elmsford school and police officials also are expected to attend.
"It's a big undertaking, but I'm very excited," Williams said. "It's going to be cool. This project is our baby. We put a lot of hours into it. We wanted to make sure it was done right. The board is very excited and they support it 110 percent. They can't wait to see the finished product."
Parking for the groundbreaking ceremony is available at Elmsford Village Hall, the Chase bank at East Main Street and North Stone Avenue, and the Community Center on North Stone Avenue near Barney Street.