First of four monthly meetings this Wednesday to discuss plans for Neighborhood Pride grocery site

November 11, 2014 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 first of four monthly open-house meetings will take place this Wednesday.

"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.

Wednesday's meeting, scheduled from 4:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, November 12th inside the former Neighborhood Pride store, is an open-house geared toward introducing the community to the project. Reynolds says community members are welcome to stop by at any time during the open-house, which will be organized with six stations: Project Background, Low-Density Building Precedents, Medium-Density Building Precedents, Site Strategies, Sustainable Strategies, and Community Vision.

The second meeting will allow INHS representatives to present the input gathered at this week's meeting, and the third and fourth sessions will include opportunities to look at specific solutions. Reynolds says specific dates have not yet been set for the remaining meetings, which are tentatively planned for December, January, and February.

Organizers warn that the building will not be heated, and encourage attendees to dress accordingly.

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