Below is an email sent today from Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, the affordable housing developer for the Hamilton Square project.
We’d like to announce several upcoming opportunities for participation. First, a big thank you to everyone who attended the July 13th community meeting – we were impressed with the turnout! For those who couldn’t attend, we compiled the questions and comments from the Q & A session into several themes, which can be found further down in this message.
Thursday, July 27:
We will attend the Planning Board meeting and provide a “sketch plan” presentation. This is merely to update the Board on where we are in our process and how we’re addressing concerns – the presentation will be roughly the same as that given at the July 13th community meeting. The Planning Board meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall.
Tuesday, August 8:
Attend a listening session! We heard requests for more listening sessions with evening time slots, so here’s your opportunity for a 30 minute small group conversation with Claudia Brenner and INHS. These sessions are for those who were unable to attend our first set of sessions in early July. Sessions will be from 4:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Village Hall. SIGN UP HERE, or email Alena Fast / call her at 607-277-4500 ext 236. Couples: please sign up as two people to avoid us inadvertently having larger groups.
Thursday, August 17:
Attend our third community meeting! This meeting will focus on traffic, with a presentation including Steve Ferranti of traffic engineering firm SRF & Associates, followed by a Q & A session. The meeting will be from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts.
Saturday, August 19:
Attend an open house at our newest development in downtown Ithaca! You will have the opportunity to tour two new for-sale townhomes located at 206 and 208 Hancock Street (part of the larger 210 Hancock development). The open house will be from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and is only being advertised to Trumansburg residents.
Thursday, August 24:
We will appear before the Planning Board to present a revised subdivision sketch plan. This is our first official step in what will be a several month-long Planning Board process with several opportunities for public comment. For more information on the process, talk with Matt Johnston, Village Planner.
What We Heard at the July 13th Community Meeting:
Traffic: Residents are concerned that Hamilton Square will increase the volume of traffic along South Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Village members were also concerned about children walking to school along South Street and questioned whether additional traffic calming measures would be needed to ensure their safety.
Taxes: Some residents believe that 46 South Street, if developed as planned, will fail to realize its full tax generating potential. Others feel they need more information before they can determine whether the project will create a tax benefit or burden.
Support: A number of residents said they would like to see the project move forward and that Hamilton Square would help families and individuals currently living in the village access healthy housing.
INHS’s Role: Residents asked questions about INHS’s role in the management and maintenance of rental properties. There were additional questions about the development timeline and the land lease agreement for the Community Housing Trust.
Project Pace: Some residents stated that the development process has progressed too quickly and that they felt blindsided at the initial community meeting.
Density: Some residents expressed concern about the number of units at Hamilton Square and believe that the development is not in keeping with the Comprehensive Plan or the character of the village.