February 22, 2024
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Providers Presents Plans for Former Parker Elementary Faculty – Residents Increase Considerations

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Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Providers Presents Plans for Former Parker Elementary Faculty – Residents Increase Considerations

Final night time on the former Parker Elementary Faculty at 89 Madison Avenue, the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Providers (INHS) shared their proposal to show the previous college right into a residential neighborhood.


Presenting the brand new proposed undertaking was Lynn Truame, Director of Actual Property Improvement for INHS. The brand new residential undertaking would come with housing for modest revenue staff, and for individuals with mental, developmental, and mobility wants. The Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Providers is the one group to submit a plan for the previous college.

On the assembly INHS shared the general undertaking particulars of an condominium complicated with a variety of 44 to 51 items in a mixture of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom flats. Out of the items, about 15% of the items could be put aside for individuals with mental, or developmental disabilities with providers offered by Racker.

Sketch rendering. Not ultimate design. Picture courtesy of INHS.

The hire for the items could be set inexpensive for households making between 50-60% of space median revenue. Lease could be primarily based on the unit measurement and family revenue with an anticipated vary of $590 to $1,450 a month.

Whole estimated price for the undertaking is $16 million.

The objectives of the INHS could be to protect the prevailing construction, noting its historic significance locally, increase the standard of life, add to the Metropolis of Cortland tax base (the property would pay taxes), and probably embody a childcare heart if a supplier exhibits curiosity (The YWCA and CAPCO reportedly confirmed little curiosity).


Parker Elementary Faculty has had a really tough 5 years. Cortland Enlarged Metropolis Faculty District made the last word resolution (together with Virgil Elementary) to shut the college in June of 2019.

In January 2020, underneath the earlier administration of the Metropolis of Cortland, Parker Faculty was offered to the Metropolis of Cortland in hopes to create a consolidated little one care heart by the YWCA and CAPCO of Cortland.

Nonetheless, because of rising prices (partially with the COVID-19 Pandemic), each the YWCA and CAPCO withdrew from the proposed prospect of changing the college into a baby care heart in September 2022. The estimated prices had risen to $5.6 million {dollars}.

Since then, the college has price taxpayers practically $100,000 a yr in primary upkeep of the constructing and the Frequent Council voted in February of this yr for a Request for Proposals on the deserted constructing.

INHS was the one group to submit a plan.

Residents although, some shouting questions, argued why the previous college can’t simply return to being a college. The brief reply, enrollment is down and the Cortland Enlarged Metropolis Faculty District is going through monetary stress.

Questions continued to be requested in regards to the potential results on neighboring property values, evicting downside tenants, holding the playground on the property, privateness barrier between the property and neighboring homes, and extra.

“There has not been substantial affect in both route (improve or lower in worth). So if there’s a vacant constructing you assume repurposing it might elevate values within the space. You probably have a sure mindset, you may assume that if low incomes transfer into your space it is going to depress values. That has not been the case.” Director of Actual Property Improvement for INHS Lynn Truame stated to the viewers.

Truame continued to reply questions saying INHS has a authorized group that works with evictions efficiently with downside tenants, noting a latest eviction that took simply two months.

The playground will stay on the property, it was famous it was a requirement for among the funding INHS seems to obtain within the improvement of the constructing, and a tree barrier is one thing that may be added between the houses that line the property.

Extra dialogue is deliberate on the proposed undertaking and public enter and/or questions are inspired. Resident’s can discover extra data on Parker Faculty, view Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Providers proposal, and extra by clicking HERE.

INHS, if their proposal is authorised, seems to have all work accomplished on the constructing by early 2025.