Former Neighborhood Pride and P&C Grocery being demolished for northside housing project

March 1, 2016 by Rachel Cera

A Fall Creek building that was the site of the Neighborhood Pride grocery store, and a P&C Foods supermarket before that, is being demolished this week to make way for an INHS housing project.

The Hancock Street building being torn down on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Kendra Perry Utter.The Hancock Street building being torn down on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Kendra Perry Utter.Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services held a series of open-house community meetings to discuss plans for the property before settling on a mixed-use housing development. "The purpose of the open houses is to get community input before we get into the real design work," Scott Reynolds from INHS told us in the fall of 2014.

The site includes both the 210 Hancock Street property and the 423 First Street property. INHS organizers said last January that input from the community 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 grocery store building being torn down this week 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.

In the fall of 2012, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency approved a $100,000 loan for the Petitos' grocery store project. At the time, Mayor Svante Myrick said, "The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency loans city funds and federal funds to private enterprises that create jobs and improve our community." He was optimistic about the investment to "help the Petitos bring a grocery back to the north side." The Mayor said, "Our Agency has an impressive track record when it comes to choosing enterprises that repay their loans in full."

More demolition work will continue on Wednesday.

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