Plans in motion to redevelop historic Collegetown block

first_img Tagged: 411-415 college avenue, chacona block, collegetown, frost travis, HOLT Architects, Scott Whitham, Student Agencies, Whitham Planning and Design Story by Brian Crandall and Kelsey O’ConnorITHACA, N.Y. — The prominent corner of College Avenue and Oak Avenue in Collegetown will undergo a major redevelopment in coming years. Student Agencies, which owns 411-15 College Ave., has submitted plans to the city to begin the project review process.Student Agencies is well over a century old and so is the block at 411-15 College Ave., sometimes referred to as the Chacona Block. Both have seen many changes over the decades, in local culture and in the town around them.However, while Student Agencies plans for the decades ahead, the student-run business has decided it’s time to close the book on the Chacona Block. Plans unveiled this week call for a new building to replace the longtime Collegetown fixture, one that Student Agencies hopes to call home for the next century and many more generations of students. Currently, the block contains three retail spaces – including Collegetown Bagels – and 17 apartments housing about 30 students. The new plans include 56 units with about 70 additional beds and a similar amount of first-floor commercial space.Draft site plan. (Provided Photo)Draft site plan. (Provided Photo)Steven Hugo, a principal at Ithaca-based HOLT Architects, highlighted a duality of Student Agencies that they plan to carry over to the design of the building — mixing new and old. While the student-run agency has a long local history and is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, it has always been run by a young board of students.“One part of us is like, ‘Why shouldn’t this be the most modern building on the block?’ But at the same time, there’s this really rich history of College Ave.,” Hugo said.To reflect this history while adding newer elements, the design team has proposed a College Avenue facade that is more brick and traditional similar to other older buildings in the neighborhood. But when the building turns the corner onto Oak Avenue, the more modern architecture and glass will really be visible. The reflectivity of the glass, Hugo said, “to us, is this sort of gesture towards Cornell and the future.”Along with HOLT Architects, Student Agencies brought in Whitham Planning and Design to create the public plaza to be included as part of the redevelopment, and real estate developer Frost Travis. Travis is serving in an advisory role to the project at Student Agencies’ request. Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor Early 1900s photo of Student Agencies. (Courtesy of the History Center Archives)Looking back at the history of 411-15 College AvenueThe Chacona Block’s presence in Collegetown is long and storied, housing businesses that changed with the tastes of the students that traversed the 400 block from the neighborhood’s beginnings up through the present day. It was built in 1911-12 by Greek immigrant John Chacona to house his confectionery business and was purchased by Student Agencies in 1977. The three-and-a-half story building is one of the most well-recognized in the neighborhood, both for its prominent location at the south end of the College Avenue bridge, and for the outdoor seating provided by ground-floor tenant and local staple Collegetown Bagels.In 2017, city officials had to weigh whether the building should receive landmark designation, an issue drew strong debate from both sides.While there was plenty to argue that the building was a historic structure worthy of landmark status, there was also an argument against designation as well — an argument that ultimately won out. The rental agreements — both for Collegetown Bagels and for the apartments on the upper levels — provide the majority of Student Agencies’ income, and the building’s advanced age meant that, despite regular maintenance, many of its structural components were failing. Renovation was possible but very expensive, and while there are tax credits available, they’re disbursed well after the work is completed, so Student Agencies would have either had to sell it to someone with deeper pockets and lose its primary source of income, or risk going bankrupt trying to do the needed renovations. The question became: is the building itself more important, or the economics and potential hardship to the local business that had owned it for 40-plus years?Like the former Nines site a block away, the historic landmarking decision was not easy for the city’s Common Council. They had received recommendations from the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission and Planning Board in favor of landmarking the building but still had to weigh the concerns of Student Agencies in its vote. Thousands signed a petition in favor of landmark designation, and hundreds signed a petition against it. Arguments in favor of and against the designation filled city hall chambers for hours, some bitter, some angry, but all earnest.In the end, the landmarking vote broke down to a 5-5 tie, with the mayor casting the deciding vote against designation.How will the block change?That brings the story to today. On Wednesday, Student Agencies and the design team shared the draft site plans with The Ithaca Voice.As part of the project, a new five-story mixed-use commercial retail and residential building will be constructed at 411-15 College Ave. It will add about 56 student apartments, including a mixture of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The College Avenue side of the building use similar materials and window proportions and types found on other buildings in the neighborhood. However, the northern side of the building that faces Cornell and Cascadilla Gorge will be mostly glass intended to have a reflective quality “that will provide an ever-changing visual during different times of the day and/or year.”The most iconic part of the block today is the small plaza, usually packed with Collegetown Bagels visitors. Kyle Karnes, CEO of Student Agencies, said he and the design team understand that is an important corner and want to “re-translate it” for the next 100 years or 200 years. According to the plans, there will be a large, covered outdoor urban space.“That’s a really important corner, and we understand the importance of that as the owner and we intend to really do the right thing and treat that corner the way it should be treated, which is a community gem, a gathering place for community and an intersection of the City of Ithaca and the Cornell campus,” Karnes said.411-415 College Ave. Collegetown Bagels. Chacona Block. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) 411-415 College Ave. Collegetown Bagels. Chacona Block. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)The building is reaching the end of its useful life, Karnes said, in response to the question of, “Why now?” for the construction. He said the cost of maintenance and repairs is getting to be problematic. He said Student Agencies understands the importance of owning and developing this corner for the next generation.“We intend to do a great job as the caretaker of that corner,” Karnes said. “We are very eager to be as transparent as possible about this process and take as much feedback and input from the community as possible and develop a truly, truly special building there on the corner that everybody will be proud of for generations.”Student Agencies and the design team have submitted documents to city’s Planning Department, and the initial plans will be reviewed and receive their initial critique from the city Planning Board next month. Karnes said he hopes to see the project begin in June 2020 with a completion date of August 2021.Featured image: 411-415 College Ave., Collegetown Bagels. (Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice) last_img read more

Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Host 2014 Drama League Awards

first_img The Drama League Awards honor distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, they are the oldest theatrical honors in America. View Comments Star Files Ferguson has received four Emmy nominations for his performance as Mitchell in the ABC series Modern Family. He has appeared on Broadway in On The Town and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as on the Delacorte Stage in the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.center_img Emmy nominee and Broadway vet Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the 80th Annual Drama League Awards on May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. As previously announced, the ceremony will include special honors for Barbara Cook, John Tiffany, and parent company Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America. Nominations will be announced on April 23. Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img read more

Mint’s iPhone App: Now With Budgets, Push Notifications, and an Extra Layer of Security

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Mint, the popular personal finance site that was just acquired by Intuit, just released a major update to its iPhone application (iTunes link). While Mint’s iPhone app was always quite good, this new version brings a number of new features to the app that make it more useful and, most importantly, more secure. The new features include the ability to edit transactions on the phone, mobile access to Mint’s newly enhanced budgeting features, and the app can now also receive push alerts which can be customized on the service’s website.One new aspect of the app that users will definitely appreciate is the extra layer of security that Mint has now added. Users can now specify a passcode that will keep others from opening the app even if they have access to the phone. In addition, the application now automatically exits whenever a user receives a call or text message.Hide Your Data Behind a PasscodeOverall, this update brings Mint’s iPhone app in line with the company’s regular web service. Having access to the budgeting features is a nice addition, as is the ability to edit transactions right on the phone. The most important update, however, is the added layer of security that the application-level passcode now brings. Carrying access to all this financial data around on a phone will definitely make a lot of potential users feel queasy about using the app. This extra level of protection, however, should give users enough peace of mind to give the app another try. Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

UP to form Yuva Mangal Dal to promote sports: Chauhan

first_imgLucknow, Oct 22 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government will form a Yuva Mangal Dal in every village to promote sporting culture in the state, sports minister Chetan Chauhan said today.Chauhan said the aim of the programme is to produce at least five athletes who can win gold medals at international events in the next decade.Speaking at a programme here on the 41st anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India, Chauhan said: “The state government in order to improve the atmosphere for sports in the state is constituting a Yuva Mangal Dal in every village of the state.”These dals will hold cultural programmes and organise football, volleyball and kabaddi competitions, he said.”MLAs and MPs have started requesting for stadia to be constructed in their constituencies. This signals a change in the atmosphere,” he said. PTI NAV MG ABHlast_img read more

Rangers Beat Oilers, 3-0, For 3d Straight

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — Henrik Lundqvist’s fifth shutout of the season was a breeze. Lundqvist made 16 saves, and the New York Rangers beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 on Dec. 14.“It was not a very tough game for me, but they had a few chances here and there,” Lundqvist said. “We were patient. We felt like they were playing not to make any mistakes and were staying back. They were waiting for us to make mistakes so that they could counter. But we did a good job of playing a smart hockey game.“We just stuck with the game plan and let our chances come to us. I thought we were the better team the whole game, but at the same time it was still a one-goal game for most of it.”Dan Girardi and Carl Hagelin scored for New York (14-10-4), which has won three straight and five of seven. Lundqvist also had 29 saves in a Dec. 13 5-1 victory at Vancouver.“I was happy when they told me I was going in again,” he said. “I am used to getting into a mental flow where you don’t have to work to get focused, but when you don’t play as much you have to work a little harder at that.”The Oilers (7-19-5) have lost four in a row and 15 of 16 overall. “When you put only 16 shots on net, it’s tough to win and it showed tonight,” Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said.Edmonton coach Dallas Eakins said the Rangers put up a bit of a brick wall.“It was a tough night it seemed to get anything going,” he said. “It was one of those, it looked like a game where you’re watching paint dry. Both teams were being fairly responsible. The Rangers a few years ago took on that mentality of shot blocking where nothing was ever going to get through. It seemed like they were able to block a ton of shots and we weren’t able to get them through.”The Rangers grabbed the lead when Girardi’s pass through the crease hit the skate of Edmonton’s Mark Arcobello and went past goaltender Ben Scrivens at 16:04 of the first.It was the 21st time in 31 games that the Oilers allowed the first goal of the game. Rick Nash picked up an assist on the play, running his point streak to a career-high 10 games.“He’s been one of our most consistent performers on both ends of the rink,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “In this league you have to be able to score, but you also have to be able to defend and he has done a really good job in both ends of the ice for us.”Hagelin added an empty-net score with 22 seconds remaining. Scrivens finished with 20 stops.Despite a limited amount of action around his net, Lundqvist did make a point-blank save on Oilers defender Jeff Petry with four minutes to play in the second.Lundqvist bailed out his defenders with another big save in close on Taylor Hall with 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.Both teams play again on Dec. 16. The Rangers travel to Calgary to face the Flames and the Oilers begin a two-game road swing against the Arizona Coyotes.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ASPCA To Host 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon

first_imgThe ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals) 2017 Humane Awards Luncheon, with Master of Ceremonies Chuck Scarborough, will recognize both people and animal heroes who, over the past year, have demonstrated extraordinary efforts and a commitment to animal welfare.Other guests include Lo Bosworth, Candice Bergen, Jill Rappaport, Wes Gordon & Paul Arnhold, Ellen Scarborough, Jean Shafiroff, Mark F. Gilbertson, Sharon Jacob, Barbara Cates, Jeff Pfeifle, ASPCA CEO Matthew Bershadker and more…Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories, including the brand new ASPCA Citizen Hero Award. This year’s 2017 honorees in attendance include:· ASPCA Dog of the Year: “Rescue,” Cambridge, MARescue, a service dog trained by NEADS, provides essential support to Jessica Kensky, who became a double amputee as a result of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue’s assistance for Jessica includes opening doors, fetching objects, calling for emergency help, and many other tasks. At the same time, Rescue also provides Jessica and her husband Patrick Downes with invaluable emotional support and comfort that has helped transform their lives after tragedy.· ASPCA Cat of the Year: “Flame,” Greenville, SCFlame was a malnourished orange and white kitten when he strayed into the Belmont Fire Department in South Carolina in 2015. He attached himself immediately to the firefighters, who returned the affection, opening their home and hearts for him. Flame brings them companionship and comfort, even during the most stressful and tragic moments, and also participates in educational events with local children.· ASPCA Citizen Hero Award: Judy Obregon, Fort Worth, TXWhen Judy Obregon discovered that an area near Fort Worth, Texas had become a dumping ground for abandoned, injured, and deceased animals, she vowed to help them. Since 2010, Judy has visited this financially challenged, high-crime area to rescue animals, arrange veterinary care, and assist with their adoption. With help from a network of local volunteers she formed, Judy has rescued more than 300 dogs to date, inspiring admirers across the country.· ASPCA Henry Bergh Award: Mission K9 Rescue, Houston, TXMission K9 Rescue assists American retired military and working dogs who risk their lives in heroic service at home and abroad. While these animals are cared for during their tours of duty, some end up homeless, injured, and very vulnerable afterward. Mission K9 Rescue provides necessary care and rehabilitation, and facilitates reunion and adoption opportunities. Since its founding, Mission K9 Rescue has reunited more than 70 canine handler teams and rescued more than 100 dogs in need.· ASPCA Equine Welfare Award: Fleet of Angels, Evans, COWhen lifelong horse-lover Elaine Nash saw how badly horses needed help across the U.S., she launched Fleet of Angels – a program to manage large equine crises and to move at-risk horses to safety through a network of thousands of trailer owners and service providers. Early this year, in the largest known horse rescue in history, Fleet of Angels took in a group of more than 900 starving and neglected horses that had been seized, and have now almost completed the mission of placing them all in good homes. Each year, thousands of horses are assisted by Fleet of Angel’s life-saving work, including horses recently displaced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.· ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year Award: Jessica Brocksom, Milford, CTEleven-year-old animal lover Jessica Brocksom won the job of 2017 Connecticut Kid Governor on the strength of her inspiring animal welfare platform. Elected by fifth graders from across the state, Jessica works actively to help animals and owners in need, including advocating for legislation to allow children to have therapy animals with them while testifying in court, and helping increase awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs and other animals in cars during hot weather.WHEN: Thursday, November 16thWHERE: Cipriani 42nd Street 110 East 42nd Streetlast_img read more

Santiago Solari reveals what he thinks of Isco

first_imgReal Madrid caretaker coach Santiago Solari has revealed that Madrid’s midfielder Isco is “special”, however, he claims he was not willing to rush the midfielder.The 26-year-old Isco who went for an appendicitis surgery in September has not been featured in any of Madrid’s past three games which the Champions won in all since Solari took charge.Solari also showered praises on the Spain international and admitted that the playmaker had work to do to fully recover and be his best.“We know Isco’s quality and how special he is. He is training to get back to peak fitness,” he told a news conference on Saturday, according to FourFourTwo.“He had a delicate operation and it’s not easy to come out of that, but he is training with the group.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“All of us who have been footballers know that you have to keep training to get back to your best.”Madrid will visit Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Sunday and have scored 11 goals without any losing any of the three matches in which Solari’s was in charge.👊 Next target: @RCCelta⚽ @isco_alarcon ⚽ @marcoasensio10 👐 @NavasKeylor #RMCity— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) November 8, 2018last_img read more

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