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An opinion piece in the Ithaca Voice regarding Ithaca's smart growth policy planning:

http://ithacavoice.com/2015/05/opini...wth-in-ithaca/

Another Ithaca Voice article regarding a new burger franchise coming to Ithaca. The comments on the Facebook link are all over the place.

http://ithacavoice.com/2015/05/natio...aca-franchise/
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Housing growth in one of Ithaca's suburbs (from the Lansing Star):

http://www.lansingstar.com/news-page...ng-development
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A few updates on projects previously mentioned.

First an update from Ithacating blog including a small housing project near downtown:

https://brancra.wordpress.com/2015/0...iscerning-eye/


Next the old Library site decision is postponed until next week. From the Ithaca Journal:

http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/n...oned/28356515/


Finally a more in-depth article about the proposed new headquarters building for the Tompkins Financial Corp to be built downtown. (from the Ithaca Times)

http://www.ithaca.com/news/staying-d...58cb5c551.html
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Demolition activity in Collegetown covered in this Ithaca Voice article. Just not sure what's going there even though there is an old proposal:

http://ithacavoice.com/2015/06/5-ith...uture-unclear/


Here's a couple of the buildings which have been demolished:



I sometimes frequented the Palms when I was in town. Sad to see it go.

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I remember the Palms wow
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I remember the Palms wow
Sadly, with this demo and the recent Chapter House fire, all the Collegetown bars I went to during my youth are now gone.
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Going around on streetview in Collegetown all I recognize for drinking spots is like The Nines and Chapter House
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Going around on streetview in Collegetown all I recognize for drinking spots is like The Nines and Chapter House
The Nines was a firehouse when I lived in C-town . The Chapter House was destroyed by a fire not long ago:

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/...pter-house-pub



The old County Library site looks to have a winning proposal from Travis-Hyde. An article from the Ithaca Voice:

http://ithacavoice.com/2015/06/offic...ect-in-ithaca/

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Nines is in a new building for sure, didn't hear about the Chapter House sad, guess everything is gone!
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Update (construction pics) on a small project in Collegetown. Adds some bedrooms and makes the streetscape look denser:

https://brancra.wordpress.com/2015/0...-update-62015/

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An update regarding the large proposal for the Trebloc site (see post # 84) from the Ithaca Voice:

http://ithacavoice.com/2015/06/new-d...-620-bedrooms/
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I hope this doesn't blow up into a big issue. Short article ref: how the proposed new Tompkins Trust headquarters building may affect a next door neighbor (from the Ithaca Times):

http://www.ithaca.com/news/how-will-...327e11a74.html

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I hope this doesn't blow up into a big issue. Short article ref: how the proposed new Tompkins Trust headquarters building may affect a next door neighbor (from the Ithaca Times):

http://www.ithaca.com/news/how-will-...327e11a74.html

I didn't know there were condos in that building; I thought it was apts on the upper floors. I would think the new HQ would enhance any residential value in DeWitt.
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I didn't know there were condos in that building; I thought it was apts on the upper floors. I would think the new HQ would enhance any residential value in DeWitt.
I thought the condo values would increase with more folks working downtown and the condo market so lacking. I was surprised when The Lofts @ Six Mile Creek went from condos to rental apartments.

btw, here's an update on the Lofts project (from Ithacating blog):

https://brancra.wordpress.com/2015/0...-update-62015/
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Article on an effort to help chart smart growth for the Ithaca area (from the Ithaca Voice). There are several links to the site Better! Cities And Towns ( http://bettercities.net/ )which has some interesting ideas and I'm hopeful will add some sensible standards for dense and smart growth in the city.

http://ithacavoice.com/2015/06/urban...es-for-ithaca/


Here are a couple more articles from Better! Cities site following up and the three in the Voice article:

http://bettercities.net/news-opinion...obs-waterfront

http://bettercities.net/news-opinion...des-whats-deal
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I thought the condo values would increase with more folks working downtown and the condo market so lacking. I was surprised when The Lofts @ Six Mile Creek went from condos to rental apartments.

btw, here's an update on the Lofts project (from Ithacating blog):

https://brancra.wordpress.com/2015/0...-update-62015/
It's mostly a financing issue. If you're a bank that makes construction loans, when you look at Ithaca, you see a college town with only 26% owner occupancy of units. Dig deeper and you find 0.5% vacancy, lower than the healthy/normal 3-5%. It's clear the the apartment market is very strong. But the condo market is generally unproven, and lenders don't like to experiment with millions of dollars.

I suspect that was one of the reasons the Lofts project went rental. The project had been struggling to obtain financing for years.

Side note, the condo proposal for the Old Library could be a pioneer if selected by the legislature, but lenders will wait until they're sure the project is successful before they reconsider their current positions - in other words, don't expect more condo projects until the end of the decade.
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^OK Vis. Makes sense.
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Here's a link to the newest renders for the huge Trebloc site proposal for downtown (be advised it's 42 MB):

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/3181
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Here's a link to the newest renders for the huge Trebloc site proposal for downtown (be advised it's 42 MB):

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/3181
I have word that there will be a major redesign of the project coming up. The developer is serious about the site and will be making an effort to make the building more of a human scale. The numbers being floated are 6 and 11 floors, so it might be two sections, one taller and one shorter.
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I have word that there will be a major redesign of the project coming up. The developer is serious about the site and will be making an effort to make the building more of a human scale. The numbers being floated are 6 and 11 floors, so it might be two sections, one taller and one shorter.
You had that one called Vis. Any idea when the new renders will be presented?
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