Property owners and members of the public weighed in on the Old Elmira Road Complete Streets project at a public information meeting held at the Tompkins County Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 31.
City engineers gave an overview of the timeline for the project and design sketches that have been developed for the project so far.
The city received a $680,000 grant from the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to update Old Elmira Road with sidewalks, curbing and bike lanes, from the roundabout to Route 13.
Since the city’s current policy is to assess the adjacent property owner for 100 percent of the cost for the installation of sidewalks and 50 percent of the cost for the installation of new curbing, property owners along Old Elmira Road could see bills ranging from $1,000 to $57,000.
During the meeting, property owners continued to express concerns about the effects the project will have on their businesses. Concerns about drainage and the safety were also raised.
City engineers Tim Logue and Tom West said they are aiming to bring several design options for the Board of Public Works to consider at its meeting February 25. They encouraged property owners and other members of the public to continue to share comments about the project.