Ithaca developer purchases former Elmira Iszard’s building

An Ithaca developer has purchased the historic Iszard’s department store building on North Main Street in Elmira.

Visum Development confirmed Thursday it has purchased the building from ANT Savings Group, of Austin, Texas, which had bought it from former owner Richard Gerard in 2016.

Visum CEO Todd Fox said the firm sees downtown Elmira as ripe for additional housing development right now.

“We really believe that housing is the best fit for this site and would help stimulate vibrancy in that area. In order to have a diverse and vibrant downtown, you need housing,” Fox said.


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