307 College Avenue (Collegetown Crossing) Construction Update, 10/2015

18 10 2015

The largest of the apartment projects under way in Collegetown, Urban Ithaca (the Lower family’s) project at 307 College Avenue, the “Collegetown Crossing” development, has made significant progress in the past few months.

Structural steel columns have risen to the height of the building’s second floor, and some cross beams have been erected. The concrete area where the buckets are sitting in the second image is the future pedestrian walkway connecting College and Linden Avenues. A year from now, those pillars will support the second through sixth floors, while a vegetated pocket park and walkway will lead past the main lobby for the apartments, one of the commercial spaces, and the laundry area, before a kink in the path takes it past the entrance to rear stairs and a fitness center, and then out towards Linden Avenue.

Also, don’t let the perspective fool you – the fire station’s concrete pad (where the photos were taken from) is a little higher than the walkway, so the walkway’s height is greater than it looks.

Notice the three concrete boxes? The closest concrete box to where I’m standing is the lobby’s stairwell. The one a little further behind it is for the lobby elevator, and the third one, furthest back in the photo, is for the freight elevator and rear stairwell. One of the two smaller storefronts will be in front of the elevator shaft towards the street, its outline clearly visible in the poured concrete of the second photo. All three of these will rise with the rest of the building as it moves skyward.

The project will bring 96 bedrooms to market in 46 units, as well as a 3,200 SF full-service branch of the Greenstar Co-Op grocery store. Two other commercial spaces and an indoor TCAT bus stop are planned, but no tenant announcements have been made for the other retail spaces. Apartment rents are expected to be in $950-$1250/bedroom range. Everything should be open for occupancy by August 2016.

According to construction loan documents recently filed with county, the project’s cost is about $10.5 million. Collegetown favorite Jagat Sharma is the designer, and Hayner Hoyt Corporation out of Syracuse will be in charge of construction.

In case anyone’s wondering, the “harlequin house” behind 307 College, 226 Linden Avenue, is another Lower property. Just like 205 College.

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8 responses

20 10 2015

So good to see this finally happening. Kind of unhappy to see the responses on the Ithaca Voice Facebook page to the Collegetown projects. I have a strong suspicion the people responding (and complaining) wouldn’t live in Collegetown anyway. They also seem to have no clue about supply and demand. No matter what the rents for these apartments, more units will help overcome the housing shortage, and thus eventually (if enough housing is built) rents will come down.

20 10 2015
B. C.

Sometimes it’s not worth the effort of arguing. There are a couple of posters on the Fall Creek list-serve that would make your head explode.

21 10 2015
Cornell PhD

I often wonder how many of these people even live in Ithaca vs. how many live in other parts of the county, given their concerns mainly seem to have to do with traffic/parking.

21 10 2015
B. C.

It’s kinda like news pieces about downtown and the Commons – the biggest haters never went to those places to begin with, but they’ll piss on them whenever they get chance. Oddly enough, the same effect doesn’t happen with articles about suburban development unless it’s a restaurant chain.

23 10 2015
Cornell PhD

I think the issue might have something to do with Ithaca’s geography? People who live outside the city still have to drive through often to get to a different node of sprawl. So they whine about the amount of cars blocking their way when they pass through downtown. People living in the city, meanwhile, don’t leave as much to go to the suburban nodes. And when they do, they don’t see development concentrated like it is downtown, or high density development that they would assume would draw more traffic, so they’re less bothered.

I wonder if the suburbanites would complain as much if Ithaca had a ring road (something that might take care of a lot of problems, but is a post for another day…) that they could use to access other suburban parts of Ithaca without driving through the center.

23 10 2015
B. C.

Once in a while, the idea of a ring road comes up (like during discussion of long-term alternatives to truck traffic on State Street/79), but the town governments are strongly opposed to it, citing traffic concerns. “Protect that bucolic way of life,” I suppose.

24 10 2015
Cornell PhD

They’re not exactly protecting it by permitting a new subdivision every week! We’ll see how they feel when their road systems are experiencing death by a thousand cuts of overloading.

24 10 2015
B. C.

Politics in most of the towns usually consists of a pro-development contingent that wants suburban cul-de-sacs and big box stores (under the guise of “growing the economy”), and an anti-development contingent that closes the door to everything but expensive single-family homes on large lots (their defense being that they’re “preserving character”). It’s problematic, to say the least.

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