Grand opening tomorrow for Ithaca Police Dept's new west end office

August 18, 2015 by Rachel Cera

For over a hundred years, the Lehigh Valley House welcomed community members and visitors looking for a meal or a room, and now that West End building will be welcoming in a new way. The Ithaca Police Department is hosting a grand opening on Wednesday for their new West End District Office.

IPD's new West End District Office, in the former Lehigh Valley House. 14850 Photo.IPD's new West End District Office, in the former Lehigh Valley House. 14850 Photo."The Community Action Team will have a strong presence at the District Office, and officers on patrol are encouraged to staff the District Office as much as practical," says Chief of Police John R. Barber.

"This District Office puts IPD officers right in the heart of the West End," Chief Barber adds. The space will also be used for "community meetings and various community outreach programs."

Mayor Svante Myrick says the new District Office provides "the Ithaca community and IPD officers another opportunity to connect. Folks can stop in to speak with an officer, share their concerns, and get to know the men and women who patrol their neighborhoods."

The District Office, in space donated by the Ciaschi family, who own the building, will feature office space with workstations and a conference room, according to IPD. "To have the Ciaschi family donate space demonstrates their continued commitment to the Ithaca community, and in particular the west end of the City," the Mayor says. In addition to the Lehigh Valley House building, which is nearly done being renovated as residential space, the Ciaschi family has operated several West End eateries over many decades, and still owns several properties in the area.

The community is welcome at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9am Wednesday at the 801 West Buffalo Street building, on the corner of Taughannock Boulevard, and light refreshments will be provided. Officer Jamie Williamson of IPD tells us parking is limited in the area, but it's easily reachable by bus or bike. Those who need to drive can park in the 600 blocks of West State Street or West Seneca Street, not far away.

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