The Tompkins County Legislature is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, to permit the sale of property on West Hill for the purpose of a housing development called “Cayuga Village.” For many reasons, some of which are on this website at “Objections to ‘Cayuga Village,'” this petition asks the legislature to vote “No” on the sale. If you agree, please fill out the petition form and leave a comment if you wish. If you wish to make a longer statement, please send it to email@example.com and it will be posted on this website with other comments.
Halt the sale of Tompkins County land for the "Cayuga Village" project
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73 Kate Iacovelli Jan 26, 2014 72 Modupe Akinwande Jan 26, 2014 71 Iman Greene Jan 26, 2014 70 Cheryl Blackwood Jan 26, 2014 69 Tammy Williams Jan 26, 2014 68 Dhia Waheed Jan 26, 2014 67 Alex Scherer-Jones Jan 26, 2014 66 Paul Kominos Jan 26, 2014 65 JAIME RILEY This project provides no benefit to the community but will in fact strain already limited resources. Jan 26, 2014 64 Jerzy Zapala Oct 14, 2013 63 Wanda Holub Oct 14, 2013 62 Peter Forlano Oct 13, 2013 61 Lloyd Graves Say no to sprawl without any planning to accommodate cars, energy needs, strains on water, etc. Oct 13, 2013 60 Marie Harkins This is probably too late as you are voting tonight. This is a very inappropriate use of land for all of the reasons expressed by prior letter writers. I echo the sentiments of Joe Whetmore and George Frantz. In addition, I have had the opportunity of working with many of the low income families who end up living in these types of developments. They often feel isolated and cut off from many Oct 01, 2013 59 Erik Shanton Oct 01, 2013 58 Kristina Shanton Oct 01, 2013 57 Robert Wheeler Vote no to selling this property for more housing on West Hill! Oct 01, 2013 56 Judson Wipf It's a $10 cab ride to shopping from this site for people who don't own a car. Oct 01, 2013 55 Elizabeth Kitney Nothing sustainable about this project. It will only benefir the developers, not the community as a whole. Oct 01, 2013 54 Michelle Delaney I am concerned about access to the city by these residents - from what I've heard existing TCAT runs would not be able to handle more people at peak times, and adding more car commuters on Rt 96 is not a great idea either. Oct 01, 2013 53 Franny King Oct 01, 2013 52 Mary Brock It is an all around bad move to develop the Biggs complex when there are so many questions from West Hill residents are left unanswered. Last but not least it will create horrific traffic issues. Oct 01, 2013 51 Yayoi Koizumi No to "Cayuga Village" Oct 01, 2013 50 Luanne Prosperi Yet another proposed future development on West Hill's already insufficient infrastructure. Herb Engman& Ed Marx have been planning the sale of this site to a developer for multiple years, proving that this meeting is yet another sham. Oct 01, 2013 49 Joan Lawrence Please vote "NO" on the "Cayuga Village" project. West Hill cannot support another such housing project. Oct 01, 2013 48 Elizabeth Dissin Sounds like this may not be in the best interests of the West Hill area as a whole. Oct 01, 2013 47 Alice Rockey Please don't rush through this decision! Oct 01, 2013 46 Stephanie Schaaf Oct 01, 2013 45 Meghan and Christopher Fouracre This property was not originally zoned for residential, we share the others concerns about crime. Indian creek rd cannot handle any more traffic, we already have a lot of reckless driving on a street with lots of very small children Oct 01, 2013 44 robert stuart sprawl is not the answer Oct 01, 2013 43 Carol "Theo" Theobald shortsighted and unsustainable. We can do better....much much better. Oct 01, 2013 42 Patricia Heslop This needs careful, thoughtful planning. Oct 01, 2013 41 Joseph Wetmore Sprawl happens one project at a time. Oct 01, 2013 40 Irene Amaro Just call it more housing instead of a "climate showcase". Don't necessarily think we shouldn't ever sell or develop the land, but we all need to be smarter about it and not just out for a quick buck. Oct 01, 2013 39 Stephen Shaffer Oct 01, 2013 38 Steven Felker The very real congestion and low income / crime issues that plague quality of life on West Hill remain unaddressed. This will only exacerbate them. I concur with many of the messages sent to our legislators, and don't believe there should be any further development on West Hill until the critical infrastructure issues are addressed (say, reroute Rt. 89 across the inlet over the defunct Castaway Oct 01, 2013 37 Sharon Kasel The income based housing on West Hill needs to stop. Enough is enough! Oct 01, 2013 36 Anna Stalter Oct 01, 2013 35 Tish Pearlman Oct 01, 2013 34 Eugenia Hurme Oct 01, 2013 33 Joshua Peluso Oct 01, 2013 32 Gail Finan Oct 01, 2013 31 Lewis Ward Oct 01, 2013 30 Jane Schantz I live on Indian Creek Road and our neighborhood would be greatly impacted by the proposed Cayuga Village. I am opposed to this for the same reasons already stated by many - put simply - poor planning! Oct 01, 2013 29 George Kobas Sep 30, 2013 28 Daniel Yokum Sep 30, 2013 27 Linda Graves Particularly in light of the drug-related crime, including a robbery with the barrel of a rifle in the victim's mouth near West Village, any further dense-population/low-income housing projects should be deferred at least until the situation is restored to a safe neighborhood for current residents. Sep 30, 2013 26 Debra Eichten Sustainable mixed income housing requires affordable non-motor vehicle transportation to jobs, schools, commercial centers, and supporting safety infrastructures. As described to date, this project does not include a viable plan for addressing that need. Sep 30, 2013 25 Regi Teasley Jettison the promises and perform due diligence. What is the rush? Sep 30, 2013 24 Dennis Foerster Unwise. Traffic and logistics problems. Just TRY using the road by the hospital at rush hour. The implication of building there is that a strip mall must also be eventually developed to provide nearby services. The rural/residential character of the area would begin to deteriorate. Sep 30, 2013 23 Evelyn Drader Sep 30, 2013 22 Don Crittenden Turn the property into a park Sep 30, 2013 21 Angela Mennitto Sep 30, 2013 20 Arthur Tauck Sep 30, 2013 19 Barbara Parker I agree with all of the other comments. Sep 30, 2013 18 Thomas Hohn Why are the concerns of the West Hill residents being ignored? Is it because they are overwhelmingly against this project? Sep 30, 2013 17 Andrejs Ozolins We talk and talk about what we should do; and, then, our leaders do the opposite. The sprawl of impossible housing spread on West Hill and on the other hills of Ithaca is testimony to the incorrigible failure of planning. It simply must stop. Sep 30, 2013 16 Virginia Marques The traffic and crime are currently making life on the West Hill intolerable. Sep 30, 2013 15 irene kiely Agree with comments made by concerned citizens of West Hill area. Sep 30, 2013 14 Pat Dutt This development is portrayed as some sort of sustainable model, but in fact, is another development of urban sprawl joining the ranks of Overlook and Lindermann. If this development were trully for the poor, they would have the opportunity to own their own house within 2 or 3 years, not 15 so that wealthy corporations or individuals outside the community can take tax credits. Sep 30, 2013 13 David Nutter It's a perverse "Climate Showcase" to build 3 miles distant with incomplete sidewalks & 500' elevation difference from the nearest grocery, and much farther on already congested roads to the major employers. Sep 29, 2013 12 Michael Burger I urge Tompkins County Legislators to vote against the sale of the Biggs parcel. This is not Smart Growth. It's sprawl. Sep 29, 2013 11 Jane Zimmer Sep 29, 2013 10 Mary Jane Hetzlein Sep 29, 2013 9 Bill King Sep 29, 2013 8 Judith Swann Our neighborhood cannot handle 90 more cars -- and on weekends there can be 2 hours between buses. Don't develop the Biggs property as mass housing! Sep 29, 2013 7 Sharon Ahlers Sep 29, 2013 6 Krys Cail I have attended County Legislature committee meetings to speak out against this in the past. My objections were dismissed, despite my training at the Masters level in City and Regional Planning (Cornell). Sep 29, 2013 5 George Frantz This is another example of selling bad development as "sustainable." The site is in an isolated location where residents must depend on the automobile because of limited transit service and distance to destinations. Like recent West Hill affordable housing developments such as Linderman Creek and the newer development across Rte 96 from CMC, it will be just another isolated ghetto. Sep 29, 2013 4 Linda Grace-Kobas Sep 29, 2013 3 Jon Hilton Sep 29, 2013 2 Diana Ozolins This project will contribute to spraw. It will also situate low income people far away from jobs, services, and stores - the very people who can least afford travel costs. Sep 29, 2013 1 Sophie Zapala Sep 29, 2013