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Support our community by rehabbing and repurposing the Old Tompkins County Library

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The former Tompkins County Library building, vacant for 13 years, sits on a prominent corner across from Dewitt Park in the heart of downtown Ithaca. The county intends to sell the property to a developer to help reclaim this underutilized space.  How can this site be redeveloped to ensure the greatest benefit to our community?

If the already large library building is torn down to make room for an even bigger structure--or more than one, as has been proposed--the short and long-term economical, social, and environmental impacts will be considerable.

Three concepts for development are still under consideration by the County. Only one of these offers an innovative plan for adaptive reuse: this concept, designed and put forward by Franklin Properties, STREAM collaborative, Taitem Engineering, and Dr. Marne O’Shae, could be completed up to a year sooner than any of the others. This mixed-use building could accommodate 22 condominiums, in addition to a comprehensive wellness facility, and a cafe.

The fate of this site will be decided shortly, and the County needs to hear from everyone who would prefer a development more in keeping with the site’s surroundings.  Our voices should count.

Please read and sign the petition below in support of the Franklin STREAM team’s vision, and encourage your legislators to consider the merits which set it apart from all other submissions.



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