The section of Spencer Road from the South Meadow St Extension intersection going south to Elmira Rd was ranked 11th for City of Ithaca streets in terms of crash rate (vehicular collisions measured per million vehicles). This is interesting as the focus of our dialogue with the City about traffic safety improvements has thus far been focused on the north-end of Spencer Rd.
It should be noted that our neighboring street of Old Elmira Road was ranked as having the 8th highest crash rate in the City of Ithaca for 2013 and is ranked 6th in terms of crash severity.
In light of the undisclosed toxic contamination at the site, the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency, which was going to give low income housing funds for this project, elected to make the City of Ithaca recomplete and resubmit their environmental assessment of this project for these funds. HUD will need to recertify the project.
The City of Ithaca has, again, concluded that this project would have no negative environmental impact. There is a 15 day window (ending August 27th) to give feedback to the City if you disagree with that conclusion. After that, there will be a 15 day comment period with which feedback could be provided to HUD about the City’s environmental assessment.
If you would like to give feedback to the City of Ithaca about this project, it can be mailed to:
Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency
City of Ithaca
108 E Green St
Ithaca, NY 14850
Tomorrow evening (Thursday, July 31), Spencer Road residents Bob and Jean will be on WRFI, 88.1 FM during the Community Radio news program that airs from 6 to 6:30. They will have about 5 minutes or so to inform listeners of our concerns about the proposed Stone Quarry Apartments. Tune in or listen online at: http://www.wrfi.org/online-stream/
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In an article published by the Ithaca Voice yesterday evening, it was revealed that there are toxic pollutants at 400-4006 Spencer Rd where the Stone Quarry Apartments are set to be built. The site does not currently meet the standards for residential occupancy, due to the contamination, and will need to have remediation in order to bring the site up to state environmental standards.
The Stone Quarry Apartments project is going before the Planning and Development Board this evening at 6pm (108 E. Green St). If you are interested in sharing your opinion, please plan on attending this meeting (you will need to arrive prior to 6pm in order to sign up to speak) or e-mail you comments to Charles Pyott at: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for them to the passed along to the PDB.
Update: After the PDB meeting, the Board voted to table to project until next month.