Despite Financial Woes, Gun Factory Clean-Up Continues

Financial setbacks facing the City of Ithaca have led to a halt over the summer in the cleanup of debris around the site of the former Ithaca Gun Factory, whose demolition began last November.
The entire process was broken down into two phases, where phase one involved the demolition of the building, including the complete removal of debris. The second phase entails the early development of the site for the construction of high-end condominiums in the near future, a project that would cost many millions.

City Votes to Dually Name State St. For MLK After Four-Year Debate

The City of Ithaca’s Board of Public Works unanimously passed a resolution yesterday that dually designates State Street, one of the city’s major thoroughfares, as Martin Luther King Jr. Street, ending a nearly five-year long contentious debate over the street’s renaming.
The double name will become effective on Jan. 19, as part of the city’s annual celebration of King’s birthday. Residences and businesses will have the option of retaining their State Street mailing address or adopting a new Martin Luther King Jr. Street address.