March 19, 2014

Moratorium Sought for Cornell Heights Projects

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Over 900 students, faculty members and Ithacans have signed an online petition calling for a moratorium — a suspension of activity — on housing developments in the Cornell Heights Historic District.

Walter Hang — the founder of the organization Toxics Targeting, Inc., a corporation that compiles and publicizes environmental information in New York State — started the petition in response to proposed housing plans by CA Student Living, a Chicago-based student-housing developer. According to The Ithaca Journal, the company plans to build a 45-unit, $8 million apartment complex at 1 Ridgewood Rd.

The proposed construction site is in the Cornell Heights Historic District — a nationally designated historic district which encompasses over 130 acres and is located west of Cornell’s North Campus — according to the National Park Service.

A rendering of the proposed apartment complex at 1 Ridgewood Rd. Cornellians and Ithacans alike have signed a petition protesting the Cornell Heights development. (Courtesy of the City of Ithaca)