Meetings & Presentations

Link to Town of Ithaca Page on Maplewood EIS

Upcoming Meetings & Presentations

Town of Ithaca – Public Hearing to review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – 7pm
Ithaca Town Board Room
215 North Tioga Street

Meeting Press Release

The Maplewood project team, consisting of Whitham Planning and Design, architect Torti Gallas and developer EdR (NYSE: EDR), will present a new streetscape plan for Maplewood during a public hearing for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Ithaca Town Board Room located at 215 North Tioga Street.

Following more than a dozen public meetings, design charrettes, and hearings on the project, strategies for a revised streetscape for the Mitchell Street side of the property and other site-plan enhancements will be reviewed.

The new plan for Maplewood removes a 4-story apartment building from Mitchell Street and replaces it with a series of town-homes in four buildings and new architectural elements. (See renderings). The intention of these changes is to blend the style of the project more seamlessly into the existing residential neighborhood.

The most recent submission included 473 units — 887 beds and in the new design this has been reduced to 442 units — 872 beds. To achieve this, density has been moved from Mitchell Street to a reconfigured building on the interior of the site.

The Maplewood Redevelopment Project is located between Mitchell Street and Maple Avenue in the Town of Ithaca. The 17-acre project will replace an existing apartment complex with town-homes 3-4 story apartment buildings, and stacked flats. The current housing at Maplewood was built in 1989, to a 25-year standard. Cornell will be closing the current site due to its deteriorating physical conditions.

Surrounded by a residential neighborhood, industrial buildings, campus facilities and a cemetery, the site plan locates lower-density buildings on the residential edge, and higher-density buildings along other edges and the interior of the property.

Multiple surveys reflect the inability for graduate students to find quality, affordable housing within walking distance of Cornell. At present, 40 percent of Cornell’s graduate students live farther than a 30-minute walk from campus. Residents of Maplewood will be able to walk to campus, ride a bike, or take public transportation to both campus and the nearby shops and restaurants.

In fall 2016, Cornell provides housing for around 350 of its approximately 7,500 graduate and professional students, which is less than 5 percent. The new Maplewood will increase that percentage to around 16 percent by providing housing to approximately 1,222 graduate and professional students.

In order to continue serving the housing needs of its graduate students, Cornell contracted with EdR to develop and manage the new graduate student housing development. The formerly tax-exempt property will be on the tax rolls, generating new, ongoing, predictable revenues for the Town of Ithaca, Tompkins County, and the Ithaca City School District, estimated to be $2.4 million.

The previous Maplewood development was not built to modern energy-efficient standards. With newly constructed, highly efficient buildings and mechanical equipment, fixtures, and practices, the new development will significantly reduce the site’s environmental impact – despite an increase in population. No natural gas will be used in the new development, consistent with the new Tompkins County Energy Road Map.

Electric-supplied heating and cooling equipment reduces carbon emissions when compared to gas-supplied alternatives. Additionally, electricity can be provided by renewable sources like the sun, with the potential for net-zero carbon emissions related to heating and cooling. The developer is currently pursuing renewable electricity suppliers in an effort to minimize carbon emissions.

EdR hopes to break ground later this year with construction lasting 18 months, making the apartments available in August 2018.

Past Community Meetings & Information Sessions

Meeting – Open to Cornell Graduate and Professional Students
May 10, 2016 – 5:30pm
Information session and presentation aimed to update graduate and professional students at Cornell and get feedback on the project.
Big Red Barn – Cornell University

Belle Sherman-Bryant Park Civic Association (BPCA) Meeting
Maplewood Project Team (Whitham, Cornell, EdR, and Torti Gallas)
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
7:008:30pm – Belle Sherman School Cafeteria
Meeting Notes: 042516 MW Notes 0406 meeting
Presentation Slides: TG MW Presentation 04062016

Community Meeting with Collegetown Neighborhood Council (CNC)
Maplewood Project Team (Whitham, Cornell, EdR, and Torti Gallas)
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:30-5:30 PM @ St. Luke’s Church, Oak Ave, Collegetown
Presentation Slides: Maplewood Collegetown