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Purity Ice Cream

Purity Apartments

May 13, 2013 // by James Douglas

Purity Render

Purity Ice Cream will be developing a five-story apartment building in the back portion of the current single story building. The new construction will add between 20-24 market-rate apartments on the edge of the City’s downtown density zone.
Construction is expected to begin in the Fall of 2013. The front retail portion of the building has been an Ithaca landmark for decades (and Ithaca is said to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae), but several years back, production was shifted to a Byrne Dairy facility, so much of the building has sat mostly idle since then, thus the opportunity for redevelopment. The developer has also acquired a couple parcels down the street, which will serve as tenant parking due to the parking requirements per number of apartments as determined by current zoning.

Purity Apartments Parking, Transit & Planning

June 16, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

If you’ve got some time to kill, these are all good reads on the Purity project. Bruce Lane’s memorandum spells out the intentions and major challenges in this project, and the applicant memorandum by John Snyder delves into the design and planning board issues that have been brought forward throughout the site plan review process. There’s no doubt about the risk in doing a project like this on the West End, but the development team has some great answers to the questions brought forward by the planning board. Let’s hope they can work it out- this looks to be a high quality building.


Bruce Lane’s (Owner) Memorandum on the project:


Applicant Memorandum by John Snyder (architect) & Lisa Nicholas (Senior Planner, City of Ithaca), JoAnn Cornish (Director of Planning & Economic Development, City of Ithaca):


SRF Associates Parking Evaluation:


TCAT Map and Email correspondence with Doug Swarts about the bus stop:

Purity Apartments Renders

June 16, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Here are some new exterior and interior renders from John Snyder Architects, including a view looking south showing the building’s profile:


Here’s a previous render looking north: