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1 – Proposed Collegetown apartments could take place of The Nines
Proposed Collegetown apartments could take place of The Nines after longtime run — Folklore says a cat has nine lives. Eventually, they all run out. Likewise, time may be running out for The Nines in Collegetown.
The city is set to review plans this month for a 6-story apartment building that would replace the fire station-turned restaurant and bar at 311 College Avenue. The 80-foot tall, “E”-shaped building is proposed by prolific Collegetown developer Todd Fox of Visum Development, and designed by Ithaca architect Jagat Sharma.
2 – Tompkins County primary: candidates selected, turnout low
Tompkins County primary results are in. Who won? – There were primaries for Tompkins County Legislature districts three and four, highway superintendent in Ulysses, and the Danby Democratic Committee. The results were:
- Legislature District 3 — Henry Granison
- Legislature District 4 — Rich John
- Ulysses Highway Superintendent — David Reynolds
- Danby Democratic Committee — Naomi Strichartz, Dale Lewis Billington, Ted Crane and Helen Katharine Hunter
The turnout was low — across all the local primaries, it was about 18 percent. In response, we asked “What can we do, as a news agency, to help you stay engaged?”
3 – Ithaca man pleads guilty in Commons shooting case
Ithaca man pleads guilty in Commons shooting case – The Ithaca man who shot a man five times on the Ithaca Commons has pleaded guilty to assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
In Tompkins County Court on Wednesday, Yakez Cornett, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He could face up to 15 years in prison.
4 – United Airlines is bringing jet service to Tompkins
Upgrade: United Airlines bringing jet service to Ithaca, Tompkins airport — Beginning in October, United Airlines is upgrading service at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. Soon 50-seat jets will replace existing 37-seat turboprop planes.
“We are very excited that when United Airlines commences its jet service this fall, all of our air service at Ithaca will be with jets, providing a better experience for our customers,” stated Mike Hall, Director of Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.
5 – Cornell dedicates new Tech campus
Cornell Tech dedication: ‘This campus helps bring New York City back to the future’ – Heralded as a way to propel New York City into the future in terms of technology, Cornell and New York politicians celebrated the new Cornell Tech campus.
Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg said “In many ways, this campus helps bring New York City back to the future. For most of our history, this city has been a global leader in science and technology.”
The campus is located on Roosevelt Island. It is a graduate school described as “the first campus ever built for the digital age.” Cornell is forecasting that the school will create an economic boost by adding 8,000 permanent jobs, hundreds of spin-off companies and more than $23 billion in economic activity over a period of 35 years.
6 – Green Street Garage project likely isn’t going anywhere without affordable housing added to the mix
Proposed Green Street Garage project: City says 15-story building gets no approval without affordable housing — Last week, developers for Ithaca Properties LLC publicly laid out their plans for a massive undertaking that would reconstruct the Green Street Parking Garage with improved infrastructure and more spaces, make way for a conference center, have first floor retail, and provide a style of housing that will rival anything the city has ever seen.
Members of the Planning and Economic Development Committee have made one thing clear: this project will not move forward without substantial affordable housing options.
7 – Ithaca’s board and committees may get a shakeup
Voters will decide major Ithaca city structure shakeup in November — A makeover may be underway for Ithaca’s boards and committees following a referendum vote expected to take place in November.
Restructuring the city’s boards and committees would intended to make better use of volunteer time, build more consistency and efficiency in the way decisions are made and create a smaller number of “umbrella commissions,” so less committees.
8 – Man dies in Caroline crash
Man dies in Caroline rollover crash Friday afternoon — A man died Friday afternoon after being involved in a rollover crash in Caroline, officials have said. Police were called at 4:39 p.m. to Gulf Creek Road, a seasonal area, where they found a vehicle on its side. The man was dead when officials arrived at the scene.
In an update Monday, police identified the victim as Thomas Ricciuti, 53. He was driving his pickup truck south on Gulf Creek Road when he lost control of the vehicle while rounding a curb, causing his truck to roll several times off the roadway, Sgt. Mikhail Wolchetsky, of New York State Police, said.
9 – Jury selection ongoing in re-trial of Nagee Green
Five jurors chosen in Cornell murder re-trial: “Can you put together the rest of the puzzle?” — Five people were chosen on the first day of jury selection for the re-trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing an Ithaca College student just over a year ago.
In June, Green went on trial for the charges which lasted nearly three weeks. However, after four days of deliberation, the jury was unable to reach a decision on Green’s murder charge. Judge John C. Rowley received a note from the jury on June 19 stating that they were deadlocked on a decision. After finding Green guilty on felony second-degree assault charge, the case was temporarily put on hold.
10 – Streets Alive! fills Ithaca streets
Gallery: Streets Alive! fills Ithaca streets with music, movement and fun — A few closed off streets on Ithaca’s Southside were a festival Sunday. As a New Orleans-style jazz band trumpeted around, it turned into the soundtrack of a fun afternoon as people of all ages walked, biked, roller skated and even unicycled along for Streets Alive!
Plain Street, from Clinton Street to Elmira Road, was packed with people instead of cars Sunday for the twice-yearly event. Don’t miss our gallery of the festivities.
Featured image: Streets Alive! on Sunday