Historic-Inspired Apartments Destination Collegetown


ITHACA, NY – With most of Collegetown’s major development sites developed or set to be developed in the next few years, attention has turned to some of the second-tier site opportunities in the neighborhood, with high-rise infill projects average planned on Oak Avenue, Dryden Road, Linden Avenue, and now one for the south end of College Avenue.

The plans were filed with the city last month by “110 C-Town LLC”, represented by a local businessman AdBro Development’s Chris Petrillose. Petrillose is not one of Ithaca’s most high-profile developers, but he has been active in the area with smaller rental developments, his most recent plans being an infill development at 325 Dryden Road with the developer/ local owner Greg Mezey.

As the name of the LLC suggests, the project is planned at 108-110 College Avenue. Currently, 108 College is a six bedroom building assessed at $380,000 by the County Tax Assessment Office, and 110 College is an eight bedroom house valued at $540,000. The properties were sold for $1.7 million at the end of March.

Now onto the project itself. As per site plan review file, the plan is to demolish the two existing apartment houses and replace them with a new four-story 34-unit/54-room building. Dubbed “The William,” the project features a historically inspired design by Ithaca architect Jason K. Demarest, who is often the local go-to for architecturally sensitive designs.

The project site is a few blocks from historic Orchard Place, and virtually a stone’s throw from its edge, so the aesthetic is likely to receive a higher degree of scrutiny than otherwise. . Demarest states that ”

Interior plans show a mix of fourteen studios and twenty two-bedroom units. The partially excavated basement will house utilities and a gym for tenants. The building will have a masonry base with a timber frame on the upper levels and will be serviced by both an elevator and stairwells.

A pair of zoning waivers will be sought for the project, which falls in the CR-4 zone for Collegetown. One gap will be for rear yard setback and the other for lot coverage. The rear year setback should be 15.9ft, while the proposal has a 9.7ft setback, so the gap is 6’2″, or a Ben Affleck. The maximum coverage of the CR-4 lot is 50%, while that offered is 57.7%, or 55.6% without the balconies. CR-4 zoning does not require parking until a transportation demand management plan has been reviewed and approved by the city.

Estimated development costs are set at $4.275 million. Construction, or rather demolition/site preparation, would begin in May 2023 when the last tenants vacate the existing homes, and the new structure would be completed by summer 2024.


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