ITHACA, N.Y. — In a statement on its Facebook page Friday, the owner/developers of Press Bay Alley announced the addition of 121 West State Street, the former Rumble Seat Music, to their downtown properties.

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Urban Core LLC acquired the former Rumble Seat Music building for $325,000. The 1,800 square-foot building was built in 1901 and designed by local architect Clinton Vivian. It was originally used as a telephone exchange (the “good old days” of telephone operators and switchboards), and then by the Salvation Army from the 1930s to the 1960s. Rumble Seat had owned the building since 2000.

Urban Core LLC is a partnership of two local businessmen – John Guttridge, the owner of Brightworks Computer Consulting next door, and David Kuckuk, a former principal at Thomas and Associates (now Tetra Tech). The two met while serving on the board of the State Theatre, and acquired the Ithaca Journal complex in 2012. Technically, it’s no longer the Ithaca Journal Building, but the “Market Bay Building”.

After the purchase, Urban Core renovated vacant rear space now home to Life’s So Sweet Chocolates, and renovated empty storage units into the eclectic row of micro-shops now known as Press Bay Alley. If that doesn’t ring a bell, you might remember it as the epicenter for Wizarding Weekend.

No tenants have been announced to replace Rumble Seat Music, whose owner, Eliot Michael, decided to consolidate the Ithaca store with his other store in Carmel, California. At least one tenant is in negotiations, and some additional space is still available. Here’s the official announcement from Press Bay Alley’s Facebook page:

“I am pleased to announce that Urban Core, LLC, award winning developer of Press Bay Alley, has closed on the purchase of 121 W. State Street, the former location of Rumble Seat Music.

We have some exciting dreams for the building and a very exciting potential tenant for part of it but no plans have been finalized yet and there is certainly some space still to rent. If you know someone who is looking for a great downtown location, proximate to Press Bay Alley and the State Theater of Ithaca, please do send them my way!”

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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.