ITHACA, N.Y. –– Beginning on Tuesday, July 27 Home Dairy Alley –– a pedestrian entryway to the Commons –– will be closed underneath the Green Street parking garage for ongoing construction. The closure is expected to last through February.

According to an announcement from the City of Ithaca, Home Dairy Alley will remain open between Center Ithaca and Mate Factor but that to get to or from the south side of Green Street to the Commons, all pedestrians will need to cross Green Street at the Cayuga Street intersection, follow the pedestrian path along the east side of City Hall, and go through the scaffolding just south of Harolds Square.

The existing crosswalk in front of the center of the garage will remain open to the extent required to serve Cinemapolis. Cinemapolis will remain open throughout construction and all pedestrians will need to enter and exit Cinemapolis from the south side and through the crosswalk and light right in front of the building.

Officials also note that there will be short periods of time where the scaffolding just south of Harolds Square will restrict access.

“It will be staffed by flaggers to restrict traffic only when sections of the garage immediately adjacent to the scaffolding are being dismantled and could potentially pose a hazard,” a press release states. “We apologize for any inconvenience and will do our best to keep traffic flowing freely, but our primary goal is to ensure nobody gets hurt or is put at risk.”

Demolition of the western portion of the Green Street Garage began back in late March/early April. Re-opening is anticipated for late Fall 2021.

The new garage will “feature a total of seven levels of parking, with an increase of 95 spaces,” according to City officials. It is a combination of the Asteri and the Ithacan development projects which include two high-rises with housing and a new conference center.

For public parking, both Seneca Street and Cayuga Street offer monthly parking passes for employees. Plus, hourly and daily parking is available in those garages. Also, hourly on-street parking is available around downtown.

You can pay for the on-street parking service using pay stations located around the city or through the ParkMobile app. Additional information about parking, transportation alternatives, and the Green Street Redevelopment Project can be found on the city’s website under “Parking News” here as well as on the Downtown Ithaca Alliance website here.

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com