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Old Posted May 16, 2017, 12:19 AM
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Looks like the History Center of Tompkins County (and other non-profits) may be moving next year to the old Tompkins Financial Company's building (from the Ithaca Voice):

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/05/legi...e-center-plan/
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Brief TV news report about the Maplewood housing project:

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/central-n...g-project.html


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A new housing strategy draft for Tompkins County (Ithaca area) has come out. While the overall considerations are pointing toward much more housing of all types, I have a feeling there will be quite a bit of resistance by some locals (Nimbys) afraid the city/county can not handle the growth without altering their lifestyles. Anyway here are two reports on the draft proposal:

From the Ithaca Voice

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/05/tomp...00-units-2025/

From the Ithacating blog

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/18/th...sing-strategy/


Mostly the same info, but a bit of a different take on the issue.

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The proposal for a new tallest downtown (Harold's Square) has been revised and is going before the City Planning and Development Board this week (attached in the first paragraph). From the Ithaca Voice:

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/05/anot...arolds-square/

There are also several other projects listed within the agenda.
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Looks like a lot of new projects (mostly housing) have been approved by the city Planning Board (from the Ithaca Times):

http://www.ithaca.com/news/ithaca/ha...83e7ea694.html


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Updates on construction of a few of Cornell University's projects (from the Ithacating blog):

The Cornell Law School

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/24/co...-update-52017/


The Veterinary School

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/24/co...-update-52017/


Gannett Health Center

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/23/ga...-update-52017/


Upson Hall (on the Engineering Quad)

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/22/up...-update-52017/
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The proposal for a new tallest downtown (Harold's Square) has been revised and is going before the City Planning and Development Board this week (attached in the first paragraph). From the Ithaca Voice:

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/05/anot...arolds-square/

There are also several other projects listed within the agenda.
I'm not a big fan of either version for Harold's Square. It looks like the new massing eliminates the rooftop terrace and the continuous windows along the façade. On the bright side, it looks like the new scheme includes the addition of windows on the previously blank façade, which I'd say is a plus.
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I'm not a big fan of either version for Harold's Square. It looks like the new massing eliminates the rooftop terrace and the continuous windows along the façade. On the bright side, it looks like the new scheme includes the addition of windows on the previously blank façade, which I'd say is a plus.
I don't disagree, but I think the loss of the terrace provided an opportunity to squeeze in a few more rental units as did taking out the atrium and converting it to outdoor space. Since first approval the cost for the project has gone up and as with most developments, making money is the primary object.
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It reminds me a lot of The Exchange, the tallest project under construction right now in Kalamazoo, which just broke ground after about 6 years of financing struggles.

Like Harold's Square, it is a mixed use structure that went through numerous design iterations, although at least each time a redesign happened, it gained height, from 8 stories, to 12, to the current 15. Still, the architectural renders leave something to be desired. But the last time anything this tall was built in the city was in 1984, so we can't get too picky.

Like you stated, it usually comes down to money.
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In depth article from the Ithaca Voice about the affordable housing problem in the city. I'm sure there are many other places facing the same dilemma.

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/05/no-p...t-rare-ithaca/

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Updates from the Ithacating blog about some residential projects in the suburbs:

Dryden Road in Varna

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/27/90...-update-52017/


Poet's Landing in Dryden

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/26/po...-update-52017/


Cayuga Meadows in NorthWest Ithaca

https://ithacating.com/2017/05/25/ca...-update-52017/


And a possible new proposal in Lansing (from the Ithaca Voice):

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/05/lans...ing-developer/

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New project possible in downtown (from the Ithaca Voice):

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/pres...owntown-reuse/

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What could prove to be a solution to the end of coal use in the Cayuga Power plant in Lansing, thereby helping to offset the lost taxes from the closing of the plant. From the Ithaca Times:

http://www.ithaca.com/news/how-signi...745bff65c.html

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Looks like a win-win for the County, Tompkins Financial Corp., and several other local entities (from the Ithaca Voice):

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/legi...ritage-center/

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I'm looking forward to Brian's article on the progress of City Centre. Construction fencing is up.
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I'm looking forward to Brian's article on the progress of City Centre. Construction fencing is up.
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Interesting buyer of some West End properties, unsure what will be the future use. (from The Ithaca Voice):

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/guth...-end-purchase/

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Finally, a project is ready for construction to start to replace an iconic bar in my old neighborhood. (from the Ithaca Voice)

https://ithacavoice.com/2017/06/new-...er-house-site/

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It looks sort of similar to the original one, except with a Mansard roof for the third floor, in the new rendering. Do they know what caused the fire that destroyed the original building?
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