ITHACA, N.Y. — With upward work done, the City Centre project has turned inward.

Construction on the building at 301 E. State St., facing the Ithaca Commons, is on track to complete in the next couple of months. The ground floor, which will contain three big retail spaces including The Ithaca Ale House and Collegetown Bagels (the third hasn’t been announced yet), a fitness center, lobby, common kitchen, dog wash station among other spaces, is beginning to take form.

About 35 percent of the building’s 192 apartments are currently reserved with leases starting June 1. The units are marketed as “luxury apartments,” with features like stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and in-unit laundry, as well as access to shared amenities like wine storage space, a rooftop terrace and a business center.

Rents start at $1,565 for 500 square foot studios and peak at $3,265 for two bedroom apartments facing The Commons. All of the highest price units were pre-leased by September, and a project representative said the rest of the two bedrooms are filling up faster than the smaller units.

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With about 70 parking spaces offered for a $200/month fee, the project team is counting on many residents using alternate modes of transportation. While the location is walkable to downtown, the sales team also touts its bike storage room and proximity to several bus stops.

City Centre has been offering regular tours of the new space. Here’s a peek inside the building as of Wednesday, Feb. 6.

A look into one of the modeled two-bedroom apartments.

Kelsey O'Connor

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