Courtesy of City of Ithaca

January 26, 2017

Collegetown Housing Options Set to Increase Next Year

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Amidst already non-stop development of Collegetown housing, even more is in the future for Cornell students and faculty.

The Planning and Development Board of Ithaca met Tuesday night to discuss final details of additional Collegetown housing, approving three separate apartment complexes.

Two apartment projects, designed by the Visum Development Group, will be located on 210 Linden Avenue and 126 College Avenue and are meant for student tenants.

Visum Development’s new Linden Avenue complex will be four stories tall with nine units and 36 bedrooms. The College Avenue complex will also be four stories with five units and 28 bedrooms. All above-ground apartments will have balconies.

Both projects will have net-zero emissions and will be “powered entirely by onsite solar panels,” according to Visum Development’s website.

The College Townhouse project, undertaken by 119-125 CA Associates, LLC, will be located on College Avenue. This complex will consist of two four-story rowhouse structures fronting the street, with a central walkway between them leading to a garden apartment building at the rear of the lot. The 67 units will be designed for visiting Cornell faculty. All three buildings will have habitable basements with natural daylight being provided.

Construction was scheduled for Mondays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. There was however considerable debate regarding construction on Saturday as there was as many board members who wanted the project to finish faster while others pointed out a last month ruling of the board which called for Saturday construction only when extremely necessary.

The Linden Avenue apartments are anticipated to be completed in August, with construction starting sometime next month and the College Avenue project will be started soon after. The College Townhouse project is expected to be completed in April 2018.