You Ask, We Answer: The Johnson City Square Deal Arch

Johnson City Square Arch
Johnson City Square Arch(WBNG 12 News)
Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 1:40 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- In this edition of “You Ask, We Answer,” 12 News talked to Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie’s office about restoration behind the Square Deal Arch.

Broome County is home to two arches: one between Johnson City and Binghamton, and another in Endicott.

The Johnson City arch was last refurbished in the 1980s, but because of the stone it’s made of, it deteriorates very quickly.

Mayor Deemie says the village has performed some work to address significant damage over the past few years but believes the exposure to exhaust fumes from vehicles and acid rain has made the arch’s condition worse.

A restoration project is a likely option, despite estimated costs between $450,000 and $600,000.

With financial backing from the Greater Binghamton Fund, Deemie is confident he can complete the restoration, and fulfill a goal of his while in office.

Outside of money, Deemie says the best way to preserve the arch is by people learning the history and meaning behind both the JC and Endicott arches.