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Major development could be coming to Ithaca’s west side

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Last week, members of the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency (TCIDA) reviewed plans to expand downtown Ithaca westward, integrating mixed-use and mixed-income housing.

The proposal was first reported by The Ithaca Voice and led by Gary Ferguson, former director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. Retired developer Mack Travis is also involved. The effort focuses on a city block known as “Block 14.”


This area, currently housing the Tompkins County Human Services Annex and other properties, is positioned to transition from its present use to a potential vibrant extension of the city center.

The block, defined by North Geneva Street to the east and North Albany Street to the west, is seen as a key redevelopment opportunity by city planners and developers alike. The discussions, involving local leaders and stakeholders, highlighted the block’s strategic importance as a connector between downtown Ithaca and the West State Street corridor.

The development is still reportedly in very early stages.