Email from developers, 7/7/17

Below is an email from INHS (Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services) this afternoon.

Highlights:

– Their submission (to the Planning Board) date is pushed back to August, from July, so they can hear input at the July 13 Community meeting (next Thurs, 7-9pm, at the Conservatory on Congress & McLallen, all invited).

– Another set of listening sessions in late July, dates tbd

– A 7-page FAQ (questions and answers) on their webpage here: https://www.southstreetproject.org/  Scroll to the bottom and click the red and white square that says PDF.
At our listening sessions last week, several of you commented that the process seemed to be moving fast, with too little community input. We hear your concern, and have decided to push back our submission to the Planning Board until August. This gives us time to absorb what we hear at the July 13th community meeting, and hold another set of listening sessions in late July. We also promised to share the top themes from the listening sessions; those are listed below. For those who were unable to attend or who need clarification, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions which can now be found on our website. Thanks to all those who sent us some excellent questions to respond to. We hope you can join us for next week’s community meeting, which is 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg Conservatory. The presentation will begin at 7:00, followed by a Q & A.

Listening Session Themes

  • Taxes: Residents asked general questions about how INHS rental properties are taxed and others wanted to know specific tax details for INHS’s Community Land Trust.
  • Density: Some residents felt that Hamilton Square would be too urban and that it would alter the character of the village. Those residents stated a preference for more for-sale homes with a decrease in rentals. Others were excited about the number of new housing opportunities.
  • Seniors: Many residents highlighted the housing needs of seniors who want to age in community, particularly those who are not low income.
  • Traffic: Residents in the immediate vicinity of the project thought it would increase the level of traffic within the village and suggested INHS look into traffic calming solutions.
  • Drainage: Residents whose properties are adjacent to the site had concerns about drainage and water leaving the site.

Also, we have a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on our website that should answer many questions as well. We’ll be updating this as needed.

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