Ithaca Construction Photos, Spring 2013 (Non-Downtown)

11 04 2013

So, for the record – driving around town trying to get pictures of all the projects outside downtown was a royal pain in the arse. Not that I don’t like to have lots on my itinerary, but more than once, my aching feet and my gas tank were making me regret the jaunt about town. A couple sites I passed without taking photos; these were projects not yet underway, such as the Thurston Avenue project, the Stone Quarry Apartments, and CU Townhomes project on Harwick Drive. I will generally not take project photos when I’m catching up with old friends; it’s a respect thing, and I also like to pretend that I’m a normal human being.

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I’ll be doing a much longer post about this eventually, but the first new homes are underway for the Boiceville Cottages‘s 75-unit expansion out in Caroline. Currently, the site has about sixty units, 16 clusters of cottages and 4 3-unit buildings. The project will add 23 more clusters and two more 3-unit buildings. Also, I realize Caroline is a bit of a stretch, but it’s only a mile detour from 79, so carpe diem.

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Another place that will be getting a much larger write-up eventually. This is Ecovillage’s newest neighborhood under construction. The TREE project will add 40 units, in addition to the two previous neighborhoods of 30 apiece.

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The site of Cascadilla Landing.  Site Prep is supposed to be begin shortly on the 150+ unit project.

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A rather unusual project, the Heritage Park Townhomes on Lincoln Street. I suppose these are supposed to be single family rentals, but I think it’s more like 3 units each. A bit ungainly and fussy, even though the detailing is appreciated.

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The Aurora Street pocket neighborhood, by Cosentini Construction. 4 units, and a clever example of urban infill near the corner of Aurora and Marshall Street. The idea seems to have hit a market, as the builders are planning a second, similar development off of Lake Street.

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So, this threw me for a loop. The project is Magnolia House, a 14-unit shelter/home for homeless women, under the auspices of the non-profit Tompkins Community Action. At 3/4 stories, it is one of the most visible buildings in the immediate area, with the corten steel copper plating certainly doing its part. The copper is unusual, an interesting use of materials. The windows….hate. Hate, hate, hate hodgepodges.

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Although one day, the shelter may be overshadowed by a 5 or 6-story building with Purity on the ground floor. The project is still in the planning/approvals process, with about 20-24 units.

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The 24-unit Iacovelli project on Seneca is near completion, with facade installation and some interior work being all that is left.

…and wordpress has told me I’ve hit the limit on photos. Planned Parenthood and the Fairfield Inn will be included in the next entry.


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6 responses

11 04 2013
Jason

I have to admit, the faux brick panels make me cringe every time I walk by.

11 04 2013
duc1701

I was going to make this comment too. They’re unbelievably ugly and you know it’s not going to age well.

11 04 2013
Tom Richmond

Is that Corten on Magnolia House, or is it standing-seam copper sheathing, normally used on roofs.

11 04 2013
B. C.

I did a double-check. It’s copper, which will weather to a green patina.
http://www.tccpi.org/Magnolia_House.html

I made the mistake partly because copper is such an unusual facade material, I just didn’t expect it!

11 04 2013
Ex-Ithacan

Good stuff as always BC. I don’t recall seeing the Heritage Park homes before. I wonder if the new proposed residential form zoning in C-town is going to look similar to that? Not really feeling the Magnolia House, but maybe I’d feel different if I saw it in person. I sure would like to see some real renderings of the Purity Ice Cream proposal. Hope that comes out soon. Thanks for the update.

14 04 2013
Mary Artist

Thanks so much for your photos and commentary. I haven’t visited the Alma Mater in over 30 years, and it’s astonishing to see all the development.

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