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Seneca Way Initial Site Plan Review Application

July 9, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Here’s the original site plan review application for those interested in taking a look. Probably the most obvious exterior difference from what is actually being built is the north elevation, which now has hipped roofs, and a different appearance (presumably to blend better with surrounding houses on that end where Seneca Street makes its way down the hill). Also, the rooftop terrace on the southern end was shifted from east to west, and appears to be slightly smaller now. Overall, the initial plans aren’t broadly different from what will be the final product.

Seneca Way Final SPR Attachments

June 27, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Here are the final Site Plan Review attachments on this project. The first PDF contains the site plans and various renderings, and the second PDF contains manufacturer cut sheets and finish details. I hadn’t seen these cut sheets before- it looks as if the sun shades referenced here are the shades for all the eastern, southern and western window headers, and the metal roofing tiles will go on the hipped roofing on the northern side.


Site plans and renders:

Cut sheets and finish materials:

Seneca Way Site Photos

June 23, 2013 // by Jason Henderson

Here’s a new render of this project that was posted on Warren Real Estate’s Facebook Page.



More framing work is coming along, and it looks as if the new sewer line is just about complete, since the excavation path nearly reaches from Aurora to the project. Good news, since traffic got pretty bad during the day.

Seneca Way Project Description

May 9, 2013 // by James Douglas

Seneca-Way-proj narative photo

Seneca Way will be a new five-story mixed used building on the site of the former Challenge Industries building, at the bottom of East State Street. Seneca Way will be home to 32 one-bedroom apartments, six two-bedroom apartments, and 8,600 sq. ft. of office space.
Seneca Way is expected to be completed in Spring 2014, with two office anchor tenants moving in shortly thereafter:, Warren Real Estate (also partners in the project) and the Park Foundation. Seneca Way was financed in part by New Market Tax Credits, a federal tax credit meant to attract investment to “low-income” communities, and private funding from Tompkins Trust Company, M&T Bank, and PNC Bank.
Seneca Way will feature upscale market-rate apartments, with corresponding designer kitchens and amenities such as an on-site health club, and under-building parking.

Harold’s Square Project Description

May 9, 2013 // by Jason Henderson


Four-stories in the front, and seven additional stories in the back, Harold’s Square is a large mixed-used project slated to be added to the heart of the commons. The four-story commons façade will have ground floor retail with three stories of office space above it, and the rear will have a six-story apartment tower. At eleven stories, this would have the most floors in downtown Ithaca. Currently, a proposal before Common Council would amend the zoning district to cater to the 140 foot height of the proposed structure, a change from the current height restriction of 60-feet.
The new Harold’s Square project would replace the existing structures that housed Alphabet Soup, Race Office Supply, and the old Harold’s Army and Navy store. This project is still seeking site plan approval, and will have to resolve zoning variance issues before it proceeds. Though, with strong encouragement from the City and DIA, expect Harold’s Square to keep progressing.