But Campus Advantage has faced strenuous opposition and objections from many members of the community and city staff, who have said that the project is too big for the site and would too quickly change an iconic piece of Ithaca.

The developers appeared to gain a major victory recently when the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, which represents many of the city’s business leaders, endorsed the project in an 11-1 vote. Myrick has been a leading advocate for downtown building density and a close ally of the DIA in many development debates, so his decision to oppose the abatement may surprise some.

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But Campus Advantage has faced strenuous opposition and objections from many members of the community and city staff, who have said that the project is too big for the site and would too quickly change an iconic piece of Ithaca.

The developers appeared to gain a major victory recently when the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, which represents many of the city’s business leaders, endorsed the project in an 11-1 vote. Myrick has been a leading advocate for downtown building density and a close ally of the DIA in many development debates, so his decision to oppose the abatement may surprise some.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.