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Mixed use development eyed for key Geneva parcel

A development proposal for a key parcel in the north side of the city provides an opportunity for more affordable housing. There also is an outside chance for a grocery store to serve a section of the city that has limited access to fresh food.

Geneva-based Lakeview Health Services and Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services has pitched the city’s Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation — each of which owns sections of the nearly one-acre parcel — to build a 40-unit affordable housing development at the corner of North Exchange and East North streets.

“It’s not very far along,” said Harry Merryman, chief executive officer of Lakeview Health Services, who noted that the two agencies are working on a 60-unit development in Ithaca.

Half of the 40 units would be reserved for people recovering from mental health challenges, while the other half would be for anyone qualifying for affordable housing, Merryman said.

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