ITHACA, N.Y. — The village of Lansing will be considering a re-zoning request next Tuesday that could potentially result in 140 new apartments being added to the local inventory.

The site of the proposed apartments is a vacant, wooded 19.46 acre parcel south of Bomax Drive off of Warren Road. the property was acquired by Cornell in 2008 for $1.2 million as a potential extension of its business and technology park, and is zoned for business use. Cornell would be selling the property to the developers if the apartments plan moves forward.

The development team is comprised of Park Grove Realty LLC and Passero Associates of Rochester, and recently-retired senior director of Cornell Real Estate and Lansing resident Tom Livigne. Park Grove is staffed by Andrew Bodewes and Andrew Crossed. Crossed recently retired from, and Bodewes is a former employee of Conifer LLC, the company building the Cayuga Meadows affordable senior housing project on West Hill.

The village Board of Trustees and Planning Board were first presented the plan at their meeting on the 18th, voting to send the rezoning request to the planning board for further review. According to village of Lansing Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer Marty Moseley, the plan calls for 2-story “townhouse-like” units. The re-zoning, if approved, would change the property from “Business and Technology” to “High-Density Residential”.

The units offered range from one to three bedrooms, and are priced at a premium market rate – the Ithaca Times’ Cassandra Negley is reporting $1,400/month for a one-bedroom unit, up to $1,900/month for a three-bedroom unit. The intended market is single professionals and downsizing retirees. Calls to Crossed and Livigne regarding the apartments were not returned.

The project is the latest to be considered along the Warren Road corridor between Lansing village and town. Other recent work includes the construction of the Dairy One lab facility at 730 Warren Road near the intersection of Bomax Drive, the Heights of Lansing housing development, and Lifestyle Properties’ Village Solars apartment project further up the road on the 1000 block.

Correction: The original version incorrectly stated that the developer would purchase the property from Cornell “for the same price they paid”. The Voice regrets the error.

Brian Crandall

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