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Purity Ice Cream Site Walkthrough Photos

January 31, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

I had a walkthrough of the Purity Ice Cream project this past Wednesday with Bruce Lane, so here are some photos of what’s being worked on. The work is being done by Strawbridge and Jahn Builders.

From the outside, it’s probably not too noticeable yet- there’s a section of brick facade that has been removed on the opposite (north side), which will be replaced with a grayer toned brick, along with the walls towards the western end. The original building was built rather recently- back in 1953, and there have been three additions since then, and various renovations.

The current owners, Bruce and Heather Lane bought the business back in 1998, about a month before it was ready to close its doors due to financial insolvency. Ithaca seems rather fortunate in this regard: we have an abundance of individuals and local leaders investing their personal time and capital in order to keep cherished places and businesses alive.

The Purity operation used to distribute all sorts of goods around town beyond ice cream- almost like a general goods delivery service. Once large national distribution companies like SYSCO began to emerge and compete, typically the smaller town-based and regional distributors were either bought out, shifted business, or went out of business.

View from South on Meadow Street:
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Former line queue and serving counter- the space will be reworked for more efficient serving:

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Former bathrooms for customers- new bathrooms will be slightly larger, with a shared hallway:

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Future prep area and mechanical closets (part of the second addition- the windows and concrete block wall to the left were the original face of the building, then this new section was added, where you can see the corrugated steel on the ceiling):

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Former production room to become a generous seating area:

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Render from North edge of the lot:

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Future floor plan for first floor:

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More information here:
Purity Ice Cream
John Snyder Architects

  • B.C.

    Reading the planning board minutes for the final approval for this project, it’s like you can feel the acrimony from certain board members lift right out of the page. But I guess that’s a different kettle of fish.

    • There was pushback on the Cascadilla/Meadow parking lot. We live in an unfortunate age of car dependence, and in this instance, it was difficult to decouple the project from parking needs for the business. The historical perspective is fascinating- the business’ main customers when it was a goods delivery service were all within the immediate area, which is where most people used to live: downtown. Sadly, that’s no longer the case.