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ENB - Region 7 Notices 06/16/2010

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS and Public Hearing

Tompkins County - The City of Ithaca Planning and Devlopment Board, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Site Plan Approval for Collegetown Terrace Apartments. A public hearing on the Draft EIS will be held on June 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Common Council Chambers on the third floor of the Ithaca City Hall, 108 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY. Written comments on the Draft EIS will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. July 16, 2010. A copy of the Draft EIS for the Collegetown Terrace Apartments may be obtained from:

• City of Ithaca Department of Planning and Development
• City of Ithaca Clerk's Office
• Tompkins County Public Library

The action involves a proposed new rental apartment development targeted to graduate students. This project anticipates providing approximately 623 net additional bedrooms for a maximum of 1,260 bedrooms in new and existing apartment buildings on a contiguous property of approximately 16.4 acres. The proposed new building design calls for seven new structures, six of which will be 65 feet wide with lengths varying from 147 feet to 675 feet when measured end to end. The proposed new buildings consist of three or four stories of apartments and up to two levels of parking at grade or below. The seven new buildings will consist of a maximum building footprint of 178,710 gross square feet comprising an estimated 667,463 gross square feet of residential space and no more than 250,000 gross square feet of parking. All new parking will be located under the new residential apartment buildings (modeled after the existing Casa Roma) and no new surface parking lots will be developed. Site development will require the demolition of 33 existing rental buildings - of which 24 are former single or 2-family houses (14 are currently vacant), and 9 are apartment buildings (including the Jane A. Delano Home, the former nurses' dorm at 113-115 Valentine Place). The three existing apartment buildings to remain - Quarry Arms, Casa Roma and Boiler Works - include 162 beds and are all located within the East Hill Historic District. No work is proposed to these buildings. The project is bounded by NYS Route 79/ East State Street to the north, Valentine Place to the east, Six Mile Creek to the south, and South Quarry Street to the west. The project site is situated immediately adjacent to NYS Route 79/East State Street in the City of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: JoAnn Cornish, City of Ithaca, 108 Green Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 274-6550.

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