Third of four monthly meetings next Wednesday to discuss plans for Neighborhood Pride grocery site

January 12, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services has purchased the Fall Creek property that was the site of the Neighborhood Pride grocery store, and they're engaging the community to decide how to use it. The third of four monthly open-house meetings will take place next Wednesday, January 21st.

"The purpose of the open houses is to get community input before we get into the real design work," says Scott Reynolds from INHS. The organization intends to develop a mixture of rental and for-sale housing, retail and other commercial uses, and open space for the site. 

The former P&C Foods became an independent grocery store last year.The former P&C Foods became an independent grocery store last year.There's no plan to use the existing grocery store building, which was a P&C Foods supermarket and before that an A&P, before it reopened independently in 2013 as Neighborhood Pride. The Petito family, who built the store about 40 years ago and leased it to A&P and then P&C operators, owned the latest incarnation of grocery store themselves.

"We will demolish the buildings, but other than that we have no firm plans," says Mr. Reynolds. The site includes both the 210 Hancock Street property and the 423 First Street property.

Organizers say input from the first two meetings showed that, "There was a strong desire expressed by community members for a mixed use development. Meeting participants asked for a variety of commercial and community functions."

The third meeting, next Wednesday from 4:30-7:30pm, "will refine the site strategies presented in and modified during Meeting Two." Organizers say, "The most common themes will move forward as real design concepts, ultimately informing a singular concept that will be presented at Meeting Four."

Interested community members are welcome to drop by at any time during the open house, and refreshments will be served. INHS representatives warn that the building will not be heated, and encourage attendees to dress accordingly.

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