Created in 2019, the Downtown Elmira BIA Community Improvement Plan: “Improving the Public Realm” intends to support and activate improvements, rehabilitation or renovation of lands, buildings or public spaces within the Community Improvement Project Area, which is in effect, the Business Improvement Area for Elmira. This is the first Community Improvement Plan for the Township, commissioned and prepared for the BIA. The Community Improvement Project Area, six (6) Leadership Programs, and eight (8) Financial Incentive Programs were all informed through several public meetings, input and reviews.

This Plan is intended to be a flexible tool for change rather than a rigid document. It is also intended to be a proactive plan for community revitalization and renewal and economic improvements. Continual review and evaluation of the CIP and the programs will aid the Township and BIA to remain current with the program use and needs of the community.

Due to the success of 2020’s Façade improvement program, the BIA has implemented the 2021 Signage Grant opportunity. This grant will allow businesses to update their signage to enhance their building’s presentation to the public, with 50% of eligible costs covered by the Township up to a maximum grant of $2,000 (pending Council approval to amend the 2019 document).

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