More Student Housing for South Hill?

31 12 2014

Polite observation – South Hill has two types of housing being built these days: luxury single-family housing (Westview, Southwoods), and student housing. Most of the student housing tends to be concentrated close to Ithaca College, in the vicinity of Pennsylvania and Kendall Avenues. There have been a number of new, small apartment buildings built in recent years, many of them by local company Heritage Builders. I’d estimate offhand that in the past three years, Heritage has added about 60 bedrooms to the neighborhood, and while they aren’t explicitly student housing, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that’s their purpose.

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I initially photographed these buildings as part of another post planned for some construction updated for South Hill. But then I noticed something earlier this week that changed my mind.

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According to the county records for the 29th, someone bought an unusually high number of building lots. All but 2 of the 9 tax parcels (totaling 14 lots) are undeveloped, the remainder being a house and swimming pool. All of the sales were registered to an entity called “Kendall Avenue Corporation”. Kendall Avenue Corporation was created in November, according to the Ithaca Journal, with a registered address at 680 Ridge Road in Lansing – an address used by Heritage Builders. The undeveloped lots sold for $5,000-$9,000 each because they’re small and lack road access. But lots can be consolidated per zoning board approval, and new roads can be built by a developer and deeded to the town, which the town board typically accepts so long as they meet certain requirements.

I’m going to take a stab at this and say that Heritage is planning a lot more student housing over the next few years, at least enough to fill several small apartment buildings. Given previous complaints, I don’t think the permanent residents of South Hill will be pleased about the new neighbors.


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1 01 2015
Ray Keogh

Brian, great job on your blog. Quit enjoyable and informative!

Not sure if this is something that yu would write about, but do you happen to know anything about 206 (or maybe it’s 208) Eddy St.? There was a nice old home there that had a fire, and I see that it has been pulled down. Not sure what comes next

Best, Ray Keogh

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2 01 2015
B. C.

Hi Ray,

202 was partially destroyed in a fire, if that’s the house you’re thinking of. It is being replaced with a very similar design by Jagat Sharma.

http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/ithaca/published_documents/Boards_and_Committees/Ithaca_Landmarks_Preservation_Commission/Agendas/2014/07-July/202%20Eddy%20Street%20-%20Application%20and%20Attachments%20-%20Revised.pdf

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