Community members question energy impacts of Cornell's North Campus Residential Expansion

By District Energy posted 09-06-2018 16:22


Devon Magliozzi, The Ithaca Voice


ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University's proposal to add 2,000 beds to campus with the North Campus Residential Expansion project has been moving forward. On Tuesday, more than 30 community members showed up to the Town of Ithaca Planning Board meeting to dig into the project's energy plan.

Following a presentation of the project’s energy plan, community members asked the Town of Ithaca Planning Board to push for further environmental review when it submits comments to the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board.

Since the proposed buildings are primarily within the City of Ithaca, the city's Planning and Development Board is the lead agency reviewing the plans. Construction crosses into the Town of Ithaca and the Village of Cayuga Heights, however, so each has an opportunity to submit comments to the city as the project moves through the SEQR process.

The NCRE project is designed to ease housing pressure in neighborhoods around Cornell as the student population grows. It will add freshman and sophomore “villages” to Cornell’s north campus, where the CC parking lot and Cradit Farm Drive recreational fields currently sit.

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