April 14, 2014

Commons Redesign Will Finish in Fall 2014

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Despite facing budgetary problems in February, a redesign of the Ithaca Commons is on track for completion in fall 2014 after a break in construction over the winter, according to Project Manager Michael Kuo.

The $10-million redesign project — which will bring improved amenities and aesthetics to the Commons, along with repaired infrastructure — received bids that came in over its budget and required an additional $2 million in funding, which the Common Council has since granted, according to Kuo.

Still, Kuo said the project team has had to cut costs by eliminating certain elements of the new design, including a playground, fountain and two gateway arches at the entrances to the Commons.

A group of construction workers shovel dirt on the Commons Monday afternoon. After a break in construction over the winter, the Commons redesign project resumed in March. (Simon Li / Sun Staff Photographer)