Curb appeal for Johnson City

By Michelle Costanza

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A revitalization of Johnson City's storefronts moved a bit closer Thursday night as architects met with village officials.

A friendly contest between the Village of Johnson City, Endicott, and Union resulted in the village coming out on top, and with $10,000 to explore streetscape options.

Architects of HAAS Landscaping presented plans to the mayor and excited business owners, with the promise to improve the curb appeal of Main Street.

The proposed plan includes the installation of new benches, matching garbage cans, street trees, improved signage, and a few more parking spaces.

The Main Street Grant that is making the spruce-up possible will give the community a cleaner look without digging into village funds or changing the historic charm of the town.

"We have a small palette to work with, we don't have the advantage of pulling up pavements and starting from scratch. But we're going to work with what we have. Light poles are existing, even the wood planters are existing," noted Michael Haas, owner of HAAS Landscape Architects.

Haas said that the character of the buildings and uniformity of street amenities such as benches and trash cans will make the street more appealing and will help businesses boom.

"We're already seeing it. There's a lot of buildings that have been painted, and a lot of them weren't even under the Main Street Grant, that was another investor that came because he saw what we were doing," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

Deemie said that as plans for the upgrades become solidified, work will start on the streets, and the sprucing up will bring new faces and businesses to the fresh new streets.