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Elmsford's Main Street Transformation Continues

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – The project that village officials have called the biggest Elmsford has ever undertaken is under way, and likely to be completed this fall.

The project, a revamping of Main Street, aims to spruce up the downtown strip by adding or replacing everything from trees to curbs to benches and light poles along the corridor.

“I am very excited about this project,” said Mayor Robert Williams. “It’s been a long time in the planning, and I know it will really rejuvenate and revitalize Main Street.”

Three years ago, village officials began mulling over the idea of revamping the street - the first time such a project had ever been tackled in the 102-year history of the village. The hope was that a facelift would help attract more visitors, shoppers and business by removing unsightly or outdated infrastructure and potentially dangerous trees, Williams said.

In 2010, as part of the revitalization effort, the village dedicated Centennial Plaza and its clock tower on the corner of Main Street and Route 9A. Now, village workers have begun cutting down many older trees along the road that Williams said may be unsafe or unhealthy.

The trees, like the old light poles that are also in the process of being taken down, will be replaced, Williams said. The final plan for the Main Street corridor is one that resembles the plaza, according to the mayor.

“It’s a huge undertaking, but it’s well worth it,” he said.

Over the course of the past few years, Elmsford has received roughly $700,000 in grants to fund the project. With the work plan set to go out to bid this month, Williams said he is hopeful the project can be completed this fall.

That’s when state highway crews will begin a $5.4 million project to repave a stretch of Route 119 from Tarrytown to White Plains, right through the heart of Elmsford.

“Hopefully, we will get most, or some, or all of our project done before they come through the village,” Williams said.

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