It looks like the deal for this site has closed, and Bloomfield/Schon + Partner‘s Cayuga Place Residences (Cayuga Green Two) is off to an immediate start, beginning sitework this week. A bulldozer and two excavators are on site, and a construction fence has been put up around the future 45-unit market rate apartment building (latest plans from August here) that will reach seven stories high, with a gross floor space of over 50,000 square feet on a 6,920 square foot base.
Bloomfield/Schon’s 45-unit Cayuga Place Residences project looks set to break ground this year, as the Ithaca Times has reported that the team has come up with a foundation system addressing the poor soil conditions, and financing for the project has been secured. The land purchase option will be extended by the City and a $10,000 payment by the developer so that the bank financing the project can finalize their review of the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment and subsequently provide proof of financing.
The design and engineering team came up with a plan to use “shallow depth augur grouted steel core displacement piles,” probably from IDEAL, a company based out of Rochester, NY that manufactures a system called STELCOR. The drilling auger goes into the soil, creates displacement in the soil, then the reservoir gap is filled with grout, water is poured in for the mixture to cure, then the interior core of the steel auger is filled with grout, and topped-off. The steel auger core stays in the ground as part of the structure of the pile.
No action here yet- the latest plans are for 45 units at seven stories high, which would conceal this side of the parking garage. The project ran into soil problems, so it became much more expensive to build and engineer, thus the need for additional units in order to make the building project financially feasible. They may use something like micropiles to secure the foundation. There’s probably more to this story, but I think it would be a great addition to the Six Mile Creek walk area.
Here’s what we’ve been waiting for: revised plans from Bloomfield/Schon + Partners on their new project next door to Cayuga Place, (an apartment building they put up back in 2008 containing 68 apartments). This new building’s proposal is higher than the previous plan, and contains an additional six units, bringing the total to 45 planned units. The total Gross floor space is nearly 50,000 SF on a footprint of 6,920 SF at seven stories (was previously four).
What I like right off the bat is the fact that the new plan completely conceals a bare concrete wall of the parking garage. It probably would have looked a bit odd if it were done at four stories and you could still see it from the east. As far as unit breakdowns and floor plans, everything is contained in the site plans below, and the application letter spells out the major revisions. The footprint has been re-configured to have one cut-in instead of the previous three to accommodate the curve of the parcel, and it has also shrunk by 2,480 SF, which will allow for more green space along the Six Mile Creek Walk.