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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Stone Quarry will be on Spencer Street. In fact, it will be on Spencer Road.

Ithaca, N.Y. — Substantial progress has been made on Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service’s (INHS) Stone Quarry Apartments project on Spencer Road on South Hill. Photos from April 5th show that the sixteen 2-story townhomes and 19-unit, 3-story apartment building have been fully framed, sheathed with Tyvek weather wrap, and have windows installed.

Exterior work continues as clapboard siding is installed on the new units. The color selections here are in many cases the same as those found at the Belle Sherman Cottages on the east side of town – the beige-tan window trim is the previously mentioned “Savannah Wicker”, and the brown-orange color is “Mountain Cedar”. “Light Maple”, “Autumn Red”, “Pacific Blue” and “Sable Brown” round out the color selections.

Without actually going inside, it’s a safe bet that interior work is moving along with rough-ins and wall framing, with maybe even drywall and finish work on the lower floors. The apartments are expected to be completed in October 2015.

See related: Long-simmering fight over affordable housing plan ends amid mayor’s emotional plea

The Stone Quarry project consists of 16 two-story townhouses (2 rows, 8 each), and a 19-unit, 3-story apartment building on the northern third of the property. Specifically, the breakdown of unit sizes is follows:

16 three-bedroom Townhouses
2 three-bedroom Apartments
11 two-bedroom Apartments
6 one-bedroom Apartments

As with all projects by INHS, the units are targeted towards individuals with modest incomes, with rents of $375-$1250/month depending on unit size and resident income. While affordable housing is generally welcome and sorely needed, Stone Quarry had a number of complaints due to size, location and lingering environmental concerns.

The build-out is being handled by LeCesse Construction, a nationwide contractor with an office in suburban Rochester. The design is by local firms HOLT Architects and Trowbridge Wolf Michaels Landscape Architects.

Some more photos:


For previous Ithaca Voice reporting on the Stone Quarry Apartments controversy:


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Jeff Stein

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