Ithaca Builds

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Breckenridge Place Finished Exterior Photos

February 13, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

Well, it’s been a real treat watching this 50-unit, 60,000 square foot project go up a stones throw from where I live, and I think it’s a great addition to downtown. Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services has pulled off a large, mixed-income affordable housing project in the middle of downtown, desperately needed to fulfill housing demands that go well beyond the existing stock and availability of housing units in Ithaca, so hats off to them for making this a reality. Affordable housing developments in close proximity to downtowns and civic institutions offer residents easier access to local resources, and mixed-income developments have been associated with tangible benefits for residents beyond providing affordable housing. [The Director of INHS, Paul Mazzarella, gave a nice short presentation to the City Planning Committee last night on housing trends and needs in the area, so I’ll post the link and content once it’s available]

I have yet to peek inside, but INHS has some interior shots on their website, and the video on YouTube offers nice explanations of the finishes and amenities. The project was designed by HOLT Architects, and completed by Christa Construction.





Breckenridge Place Updated Photos

January 18, 2014 // by Jason Henderson

INHS’s Breckenridge Place is now officially leasing for occupancy, with 50 one and two bedroom units coming online in this brand new LEED Platinum building. Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services has posted an informational video on Youtube, describing features of the building with shots of the interiors and views. The window shades have been going up above each street-facing window, and as I walked by a day ago, the ground floor laundry room at the corner had washers and dryers fully installed.



Beckenridge Place Updated Photos

December 11, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

The roof fascia has mostly made its way around, and there’s some new material covering-over the steel framing section on the roof; it may be screening for mechanical equipment, possibly makeup air units. There have been bricks removed on either side of each window header along the Seneca Street side, but I’m not sure why. The render (below) shows the architectural shades about 2/3rd of the way up, but perhaps they’ll be installed at the top of each window.




Breckenridge Place Updated Photos

November 27, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Service’s Breckenridge Place project is still going, with a goal of completion for early 2014. The Seneca Street-side glass bay pop-out has been completed, and there have been two lifts going at once on that side to work on the roof. I imagine by now it’s crunch-time to finish the roof, since too much snow would make the work quite a lot more time consuming. In the photo below there’s some fascia installation on the Seneca side. At night some of the interiors are lit up and I’ve seen some units that look complete on the first and second stories- windows are framed in on every story except the top story along the back portion used for loading materials from a lift to each floor.



Breckenridge Place Paving, Landscaping, Windows & Pillars

November 12, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

INHS’s Breckenridge Place site has new paving, striping, landscaping, pillars at the entry, and the windows for the central popped-out bay along Seneca Street are going in. The two locust trees between Breckenridge and the property next door have been removed, giving a better view of the eastern facade. The 50 new units are still slated to open-up for early 2014.





Breckenridge Sidewalks Nearly Complete

October 22, 2013 // by James Douglas

Downtown pedestrians will have noticed that sidewalk work at Breckenridge has essentially been completed over the past several weeks. I’ve gotta say, it’s really nice to start imagining this location being a functional intersection again, after months of construction activity and disruption.


Breck 10.18.13



Breckenridge Place New Curbs & Updated Photos

October 3, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

New granite curbs were installed at Breckenridge, and the street-side has been re-filled with rock and asphalt. Besides that, the window frames missing glass panels have been covered with plywood to keep out the drafts, and the glass pop-out on the south is covered with wrap. The start of metal roof fascia can be seen along the north side of the roof line, which will wrap all the way around the roof, and cover over the EPDM (roof membrane).



Breckenridge Place Updated Photos

September 19, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

I don’t see much change on the building from the outside, so I imagine the interior is seeing most of the action this past week, however, the curbing and a few feet of road asphalt on both the Cayuga Street and Seneca Street sides has been demolished and dug-out, probably in preparation for the new sidewalks, curbs, storm drains, and landscaping.


Breckenridge Place Windows Filling In

September 6, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

More window frames have been put in place, and glass inserts installed. The work on the interior must be humming along to get this project complete by early 2014 for 50 units of mixed-income housing coming online. Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services has posted an informational brochure on their site for rental information.


Breckenridge Place, More Windows

August 23, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Breckenridge’s windows are coming along, not much else to notice on the exterior, as I imagine now the interior has become the main focus in order to be ready for early 2014 leases. I think the Fall 2013 finish has been ruled-out.