The Elmwood Village Association (EVA) is hard at work at beautifying the street. Thanks to earmarked monies from a NY Main Street grant, the association was able to retain Griffis Studios to produce a couple of sturdy, industrial and aesthetically pleasing planters. The creations have been optimally placed at high impact corners, including the one that you see here standing at Delavan Avenue. As for the fauna, the plants were purchased from Urban Roots garden cooperative on the city’s West Side.
Since 2011 EVA has been utilizing funds from the NY Main Street Grant to help give Elmwood a more “neighborhood” feel. The funds have been used to acquire spin bins, benches and recycle stations (among others). A number of building owners have also been provided with matching funds for facade improvements. The EVA is currently nearing the end of the half million dollar allotment that was originally allocated. Once the NY Main Street Grant is depleted, the association will reapply for additional monetary resources – a process that is daunting yet necessary.