Learn more: Open house and info session for State Street Triangle project this Thursday afternoon

September 9, 2015 by Rachel Cera

Ithaca needs more housing, that's for sure, and a controversial planned development project at the corner of East State and Aurora Streets would bring 240 new units to Downtown Ithaca. Developers are holding an Open House this Thursday.

The State Street Triangle project would add retail space and housing just off the Commons. Image provided.The State Street Triangle project would add retail space and housing just off the Commons. Image provided.The $52-million project is intended to provide new ground-floor retail space just east of the Commons, as well as residential space with rents of "low $900s up to $1400 per month per unit," which will include furniture, Internet, washers and dryers in the units, and amenities like a bike storage room, "cyber lounge," and fitness center.

The developer, Campus Advantage, says they are aiming the development's apartments at "the student community and young professionals," who already increasingly patronize Downtown Ithaca's shops, restaurants, and entertainment offerings. Apartments will include studio and one- to five-bedroom designs, and leases will be signed for each bedroom, rather than for the whole unit, to allow roommates to sign their own individual leases.

Detractors say the tall building would dwarf others in the area, or add hundreds of residents without providing additional parking.

The Open House, info session, and discussion will be held at Coltivare, on South Cayuga Street, from 5-6:30pm on Thursday, September 10. Organizers say it's an opportunity to "learn about the project, its community benefits, and how the developers are responding to public input by refining the design and plans," and refreshments will be provided.

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