Cayuga Meadows Construction Update, 11/2016

30 11 2016

At the Cayuga Meadows site on West Hill, LeChase Construction has fully framed the new 68-unit apartment building. Windows and doors have been fitted into the wood stud walls. The roof looks to be pretty much complete, with the exception of trim pieces.The first floor is getting a brick veneer, and the balconies are built out but are also lacking their trim for the moment. The Tyvek waterproof housewrap will be covered over with Certainteed fiber cement “Savannah Wicker” Dutch Lap Siding and “Cypress Spruce” cedar-like shingle siding. Basically, beige and grey-green. Looks like the new access road has also been paved.

It might not be the most exciting design, but it’s one of Conifer LLC’s tried-and-proven approaches – an L-shaped structure with bumpouts, typically hosting small private balconies. One need only go a couple miles south to Conifer Village at Ithaca to see a similar example, albeit with some different material finishes. While Cayuga Meadows might not be especially unique, it does have its advantages – LeChase, who does nearly all of Conifer’s work through a partnership, has extensive experience with the design, and that familiarity should help with producing a high-quality and on-time product.

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2 12 2016
Ex-Ithacan

Good stuff. I do wonder about the current and proposed West Hill area development traffic wise. The Inlet Isle traffic is a zoo already, and though the additional residents from this project won’t cause a big bump, I think some kind of new vehicle access to the city from West Hill may be required not too far in the future.

9 12 2016
CS PhD

It might not be “exciting,” but at least the design uses human-friendly materials and mimics a traditional housing style. Too many similar-size apartment buildings around here (e.g. near the mall in Lansing) are cinder-block bunkers or unfinished wooden boxes.

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