Johnson-Schmidt Architects and Associates have been involved in many 'place making' projects as a part of “Elmira Refresh”, a collaborative effort to attract public and private investment to the City of Elmira. They have helped shape projects that include 100 West Water Street, 110 North Main Street, Gerard Block Development, Mark Twain Apartments redevelopment, the West Water Street Row House project, 110 Baldwin Street and more.
The firm acknowledges that none of the completed or planned projects would be possible without local leadership, incentives, developers willing to invest in the city, and the quality of space that exists in many of the town's historic buildings.
"Chemung County’s history as a destination rich in quality of life and place goes back generations" says Elise Johnson-Schmidt, AIA Johnson-Schmidt, Architect, P.C. "Mark Twain did not come back year after year to write his treasured books here just because of Olivia Langdon Clemens' family roots, he treasured its idyllic mix of pastoral and city life".
The community’s current renaissance is the result of families, elected officials and business leaders who have continued to invest in the community despite natural disasters and dramatic changes in technology and industry.
"State and federal funding, historic preservation tax credits, Downtown Revitalization Initiative Funds, ESD community funds, Covid Relief funds, and Main Street Grants have been competitively awarded to our community because we were poised to act, ready to revitalize and deserving of the funds" says Elise. "Few communities rise to this challenge and opportunity like Chemung County and Elmira has done and for this we should all be very proud."