118 College Avenue Construction Update, 12/2018

14 12 2018

This is another case of where the exterior of the building isn’t finished, but the interior is complete enough such that a certificate of occupancy may be issued. Visum Development has been advertising the units online, and they’re not cheap, $1200-$1300/bedroom. 118 College has 5 units, four six-bedroom and one four-bedroom unit. For that high-end price, they come fully furnished, and with washer/dryer, stainless steel appliances, microwaves, dishwashers, quartz countertops and private balconies. Wi-fi is including in the rent, and tenants can use the fitness center and media lounge at Visum’s property at 201 College at no extra cost. The units are all smoke-free, which might seem quirky to older readers, but it was already pretty common by my Cornell stint in the late 2000s. Interior photos can be found here. This one moves into the “complete” column on the Ithaca/Tompkins County project map.

The yellow fiber cement siding really makes this building pop. The basement-level is finished with stucco mixed with Sherwin-Williams (S-W) “Sawdust” paint, the first level is a combination of Belden face brick (Belcrest) and S-W “Truepenny” fiber cement clapboards, more fiber cement clapboard on the mid-section in S-W “Overjoy“, trimboards, balcony trim and window casing colored S-W “Svelte Sage”, black window frames, stucco (in S-W “Favorite Tan”) with more fiber cement trim and frieze boards on the top level, and the pyramidal roof caps will be standing seam metal, Pac-Clad “Aged Copper”.

As a related, humble opinion, the bamboo siding on 201 College is not ageing gracefully. The rain shadows just don’t reflect well for a luxury building. Also note the Lambo Huracan. 99% of the Lamborghinis I’ve seen in my life have been in architectural renders with no hope of matching such opulence in the final product. At $200k, that car is worth as much as a well appointed, local starter home.

210 Linden Avenue is, like 118 College, still finishing up on the exterior work, but further along. The landscaping won’t go in until the spring, which given the winter weather, is probably when the building will be truly complete.

All the building designs and eventual landscaping designs are courtesy of STREAM Collaborative, and the construction itself is the work of Romig General Contractors.

 


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14 12 2018
Taitem Engineering

I like the picture you posted of the front of the building. The sky is just right.

Can I use it on the 118 project page at our website?

Thanks for the update,

Theresa

On Thu, Dec 13, 2018 at 10:22 PM Ithacating in Cornell Heights wrote:

> B. C. posted: “This is another case of where the exterior of the building > isn’t finished, but the interior is complete enough such that a certificate > of occupancy may be issued. Visum Development has been advertising the > units online, and they’re not cheap, $1200-$1300/” >

14 12 2018
B. C.

Sure, you’re more than welcome to! Just do me a favor and credit me with a “Photo by Brian Crandall” somewhere. Thanks!

14 12 2018
Ex-Ithacan

At $200,000 I’m assuming the Lambo owner will be able to afford what looks to be a parking ticket sticking up from the windshield.

17 12 2018
CornellPhD

Any chance they’re going to paint those balconies at 118 College?

18 12 2018
B. C.

Nope. Not in the plans.

What I’d like to see is that they replace the missing panel on the top floor of 201 College. A luxury building shouldn’t look like it’s falling apart.

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