Sidewalk Improvement Plan Open House

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:

Times Article Regarding Stone Quarry Apartments and Letterhead

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

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:

Meeting about Stone Quarry Apartments and City Sidewalk Improvements

INHS and the City of Ithaca will be hosting a joint meeting on Thursday, June 12th at 7pm at the Oasis Fellowship Church (map: 808 S. Meadow St Ext) to discuss the Stone Quarry Apartments (proposed for 400 Spencer Road) and to update the residents on the city’s plans for sidewalks in the area of Spencer Road.

INHS said that they would be sending out a mailing to the neighborhood about the meeting.  Please be sure to alert any interested neighbors about the meeting, in case the notification does not go out.