70-Unit Development Proposal

There are already development plans under way that many feel would overwhelm West Hill’s traffic, public safety, and quality of life capacity. Here is yet another one — this time disarmingly, coming from the environmentally and socially revered folks at Eco Village. See what you think. — Andrejs

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Through the end of May, Tompkins County is seeking developer and public comment on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) that would lead to development of a 70-unit residential neighborhood adjacent to Cayuga Medical Center.

Information is available in the PDF, “Seeking Comment on Draft RFP …”

Tompkins County, in collaboration with EcoVillage at Ithaca, Center for Sustainability Education, was awarded a United States Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Communities grant to demonstrate and document how residential development modeled upon the lessons learned from 20 years of developing EcoVillage at Ithaca could be applied to support the development of energy-efficient, livable residential neighborhoods and communities in a variety of smart-growth locations. This is the only residential smart-growth project among the 50 supported by the Climate Showcase Communities program nationwide.

One of the projects to be developed under this program is a new neighborhood on more than 25 acres of land owned by Tompkins County.  Tompkins County will be seeking developers to purchase or lease and develop a mixed-use residential community on 25.5 acres of County-owned land in the Town of Ithaca.

Several features will assure that the development is environmentally and socially responsible—including highly energy-efficient buildings; a pedestrian-focused environment including connections to transit and, potentially, the Black Diamond Trail; on-site community gardens; and permanent protection of approximately two-thirds of the site as open space. The developer will be selected based, in part, on the proposal’s score on a number of rating parameters outlined in the draft RFP. After review of comments received by May 31, 2012, a revised RFP will be officially released during the early summer of 2012.

Comments should be submitted to:  Ed Marx, AICP, Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability, Tompkins County Planning Department, Attn: Climate Showcase Communities, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca, New York 14850, or via e-mail at:  emarx@tompkins-co.org.

Contact:  Edward Marx, Commissioner of Planning and Community Sustainability, 607-274-5560.

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