Ecovillage Construction Update, 9/2015

3 09 2015

The last stages of work are underway at Ecovillage on Ithaca’s West Hill off of Mecklenburg Road on Rachel Carson Way. Construction on the single-family homes in Ecovillage’s third neighborhood, “TREE” (Third Residential Ecovillage Experience, following its first two, FROG and SONG) has been complete for a little while now, but the 15-unit Common House has yet to be completed. The exterior has been finished, with attractive wood-frame balconies swaddling the building, but interior work (drywall boarding and painting, from the looks of it) is still taking place.

The 15 apartments range from 450 SF studios to 1,400 SF three bedroom units. Rental prices for the apartment units have not been posted. According to Ecovillage Executive Director Liz Walker, “The current goal is October 1st for completion. There will still be inspections after that, so it will be perhaps the end of October or November before people are able to move in.”

Construction is being handled by a local company, AquaZephyr, which received an award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy for a “zero energy ready” home constructed as part of TREE. The designs of the Common House and houses are the work of California architect Jerry Weisburd, with local firm STREAM Collaborative handling the permitting process and design tweaks after Weisburd’s retirement.

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3 09 2015
Ex-Ithacan

I hope the nimbys take note that even the EcoVillage is building upward.

3 09 2015
B. C.

There’s a love-hate relationship with what Ecovillage is doing. On the one hand, it’s Ecovillage with all of its shared and self-produced resources. On the other hand, it’s still seen by some as sprawl with a green sheen:

“We are criticized by smart growth advocates, who say that we built on a greenfield too far from the city…the local food produced at EcoVillage outweighs the disadvantages of being outside the city limits. ” – Pg. 25 of http://tompkinscountyny.gov/files/planning/energyclimate/documents/EcovillageLessonsLearnedfinal.pdf
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