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Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency is holding public hearings as part of the process to determine who will receive money from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants awarded to the city. The 21 applicants ranges from jobs training to community services to the development of affordable housing. In total, $1.78 million has been requested, and there’s $1.215 million available, just a little over two-thirds of the total requested.

Alpern & Milton LLC (local buisnessman Ishka Alpern and his brother, Franklin Milton) are requesting $250,000 toward a $1,285,000, 12-unit project proposed for Inlet Island called “The Flatiron.”


The project seeks a renovation of 4,900 sq ft at 910 W. State/MLK Street (shown above) and a 3,700 sq ft addition onto the neighboring parcel at 912 W. State/MLK.

The finished project will resemble the triangular form of the famous Flatiron Building in NYC. The application says “the project will be of a historic nature, but the structure being proposed is not currently, nor will it be, deemed ‘historic’ in terms of housing or building code.”

The brothers do have some small projects to their credit, according to the filed paperwork. They handled the renovation of Brookton’s Market and 514-516 W. State/MLK Street.

Judging from the google maps dating back to 2012, some renovations have already been done to 910 W. State.

Wikimedia image of the Flatiron Building in NYC

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Jeff Stein

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