Contamination at 400 Spencer Rd

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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.

More information can be found in the article here:
Major Toxic Pollutants Found at Stone Quarry Site

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: 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.

More news articles:

More detailed information about the contamination can be read in the Toxics Targeting Letter to the mayor: Final Construction Approval of the Stone Quarry Apartments Should be Withheld Due to Toxic Concerns

Robbery at 400 Spencer Rd

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There was an armed robbery reported at Ithaca Taxi Dispatch (400 Spencer Rd.) in the early morning of July 9th.

There are more details about it in this article in the Ithaca Voice:
Cops: Two Men, One Wielding Knife and Club, Robbed Ithaca Business

If anyone has any information, please report it to the Ithaca Police at: (607) 272-9973.

Sidewalk Improvement Plan Open House

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The Department of Public Works will hold separate open houses for each of the five sidewalk improvement districts (SIDs) to present and receive feedback on the draft 2015 sidewalk work plan.

Spencer Road falls into Sidewalk Improvement District #4, which is shared with Elmira Road, southwest Ithaca, the south of the creek neighborhood, and South Hill (map).

Our open house will be:

Monday, July 21, 6:30-8:00pm
Tompkins Community Action, 701 Spencer Road (Conference Room) (map)

Based on these open house meetings, the Department will develop a final proposed work plan and budget to present to the Board of Public Works. Projects that are not included in the 2015 work plan will be considered for 2016.

Questions can be directed to Eric Hathaway, Sidewalk Program Manager, Engineering Division, at: (607) 274-6530 or:

Neighborhood Meeting, Monday, June 30

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There will be a meeting for neighbors interested in discussing the proposed Stone Quarry Apartment project (at 400 Spencer Rd).  The meeting will be Monday, June 30th at 6pm at 351 Spencer Rd.  Light refreshments will be provided.

A summary of the meeting will be sent to the e-mail list for interested neighbors who are unable to attend.

Neighborhood Meeting on Tuesday

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There will be a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday for those who want to get together and discuss the upcoming Thursday meeting.  It will be at 5:30pm at 333 Spencer Rd.  All neighbors are welcome.

We will try to post meeting notes to the e-mail list for those who cannot make it.

Times Article Regarding Stone Quarry Apartments and Letterhead

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There was an article published in the Ithaca Times on Wednesday, June 4th, that spoke to the neighborhood’s and our common council representatives’ opposition to the Stone Quarry Apartments project and the mayor’s dissatisfaction that our alderpersons are advocating for the residents of their ward while using common council letterhead.

The article can be seen here: Ithaca Times – Ithaca Council Members Get Separate Stationery After Fracas.

Public Input Sought for Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan

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The Tompkins County Planning Department is hosting a series of public meetings to solicit public input on the update of the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan. The public meetings will focus on proposed policies to address challenges facing the community including a discussion of conditions that have changed since the plan was adopted in 2004. Participants will be asked to comment on the proposed policies and suggest specific actions the community might take to implement those policies. It is anticipated that a completed draft plan incorporating comments received during this phase of the public input process will be ready for public review in the fall and that a final plan will be presented to the County Legislature for adoption later this year.

Meetings will be held on:

  • June 19 Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room 11am-1pm
  • June 19 GIAC 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • June 23 Caroline Elementary School 7pm-9pm
  • June 24 Newfield Town Hall 7pm-9pm
  • June 25 Jacksonville Community Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd, Trumansburg, 7pm-9pm
  • June 26 Groton Town Hall, 7pm-9pm

For further information, contact the Tompkins County Planning Department, email or 607-274-5560.

Information on the current comprehensive plan can be found here: