ITHACA, N.Y.—It’s a loss for the village of Lansing, but a gain for the city of Ithaca. Dick’s will be coming into the former Tops space.

The sporting goods retailer has set its sights on the recently-vacated space at 710 South Meadow Street, according to pre-application filing for Site Plan Review submitted to the city of Ithaca. Tops Grocery Store closed its city of Ithaca outpost at the end of May, but retained its Lansing location on North Triphammer Road.

The pre-SPR filing, delivered last week, states the proposed project will be divided into two phases. The first phase calls for demolition of the entry canopy and interior finishes of the Top’s space, subdividing the interior space into two separate tenant spaces and a landlord utility room, and new utilities rough-ins to accommodate both Dick’s and the future tenant on the south end of the retail strip.

Phase two of the project is focused on accommodating Dick’s. This includes new façade work, site and landscaping work, loading dock construction, and interior installations and finish work (floors, fixtures, specialty lighting, and so on). The plan is to file two separate site plan submissions, one for phase one and one for phase two.

As tentatively designed, the new Dick’s would be about 45,184 leasable square feet. The second retail tenant space would be 16,918 square feet. A tenant for the second space is not currently known, nor is there a timeline currently available.

Project architect Tyler Kamczyc of Cleveland-based MCG Architecture is the applicant, with sponsorship by shopping center owner DLC Management. MCG Architecture specializes in suburban box retail projects.

While the city is happy to have Dick’s fill a vacant storefront, it leaves another hole to fill at the Shops at Ithaca Mall in the village of Lansing. Dick’s has been at the mall since the early 2000s, in a 29,926 square-foot storefront.

The mall has made some progress in filling its vacant spaces, with Cayuga Medical Center leasing over 100,000 square feet. But it has continued to struggle with high vacancy in the face of a changing retail market driven by online shopping and more modern “lifestyle centers” that provide “live/work/play” experiences along with retail offerings.

Brian Crandall

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