Upcoming Meetings About Chain Works District Project

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From the City memo:

On August 5, 2014, the City of Ithaca will hold a Public Information Session regarding an application from UnChained Properties, LLC for a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The Public Information Session will begin at 5:30 PM, in the Cinemapolis movie theatre, 120 E. Green Street, Ithaca. In accordance with the City of Ithaca PUD Application Process, the applicant and project team will present information about the project and will answer questions from the public. The purpose of this memo is to provide information regarding this proposal.

The proposed Chain Works District seeks to redevelop and rehabilitate the +/-800,000 SF former Morse Chain/Emerson Power Transmission facility, located on a 95-acre parcel traversing the City and Town of Ithaca’s municipal boundary. The PUD would allow the site to be developed into a mixed-use district, which includes residential, commercial, office, and manufacturing.

The site’s redevelopment would bridge South Hill and Downtown Ithaca, the Town and the City of Ithaca, by providing multiple intermodal access routes, including a highly-desired trail connection. The project will be completed in multiple phases over a period of several years, with the initial phases of the project involving some demolition in addition to the redevelopment of the existing structures. Using the existing structures ― residential, commercial, studio workspaces, and office development are proposed to be predominantly within the City of Ithaca, while manufacturing will be within both the Town and City of Ithaca. The interior of the existing complex will be retrofitted to meet code requirements for particular uses, while the intent is to rehabilitate the exterior to maintain the existing character to celebrate the complex’s industrial history.

The completed PUD application and supporting documentation can be found here.

A Public Hearing will be held at the August 13, 2014, meeting of the Planning and Economic Development Committee, and the Committee will consider endorsing this proposal at that meeting. Your comments on this proposal are respectfully requested by August 7, 2014. If you have questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact Jennifer Kusznir at jenniferk@cityofithaca.org.

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