ITHACA, N.Y. — At the Carey Building in downtown Ithaca, work continues on the structural steel beam assembly of the new 5-story vertical addition.

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It looks like the lowest two floors of the addition have steel decking, and cross beams are being installed on the third floor. The top two floors, which are smaller, have yet to be built, but one can get an impression of their height by looking at the joining plates attached to the vertical steel columns.

Here are some photos of current construction and two design renderings:

Note the “kink” in the structural steel above the front entrance, and how it relates to the design of the apartment floors.

The previous estimates of a late summer/early fall completion appear to have been too aggressive, especially since the addition had to sort out fire code issues, as well as anything else that comes up when working on a 90 year-old building. It would seem that late winter or early spring is more likely, but the steel work should be completed by the end of this summer. No word on if the Canopy Hotel developers still plan on sharing the telescoping boom construction crane.

The Carey Building addition will add a third floor and 4,200 SF to the Rev business incubator (nearly doubling it to 8,700 SF) — full disclosure: the Ithaca Voice is a Rev member — and on floors 4-7, there will be 20 apartments.

Floors 4 and 5 will have 16 studio apartment units that average only 400-500 sq ft, their small size enabling them to be rented at a lower price.

The 4 units on floors 6 and 7 will be larger 2-bedroom units. The $4.1 million project is being developed by local firmTravis Hyde Companies. LeChase Construction is handling the build-out process.

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Brian Crandall

Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at bcrandall@ithacavoice.com.