ICA Ribbon Cutting Brings Together Community

Posted Jun 14, 2019

INHS celebrated the completion of Ithaca City Apartments on June 6 with an unforgettable ribbon cutting ceremony!

Complete with face painting, lawn games, ice cream, popcorn and family-friendly science based activities hosted by the Sciencenter and Free Science Workshop, the event was the perfect way to end a project as complex as this with its project partners, staff, ICA residents and their families on hand.

The project included the renovation and refinancing of 98 apartments in 31 buildings in the Southside, West Hill, and Northside Neighborhoods. These apartments represent the first rental housing INHS purchased, many of them over 30 years ago!

Due to the age of the buildings, INHS decided to renovate and refinance the portfolio with the goals of improving the quality of life for residents, making energy efficiency upgrades to reduce utility bills and lowering ongoing maintenance costs.

Each of the 31 buildings received a custom interior renovation, including new kitchens, baths, flooring, HVAC equipment, energy efficient appliances, and light fixtures. Exterior renovations included new siding, roofs, and porches. The renovations have breathed new life into buildings that were built between 20 and 100 years ago. All of this renovation work took place while the majority of apartments were occupied! INHS is truly grateful for the patience and flexibly of the residents who lived through the renovation!

Tenant Ossie Heath-Crump said of her experience, “When I received my first utility bill, I thought it was a mistake because it was so much lower than before the renovations. This project has fed my physical, social, emotional and financial well-being. Thank you to INHS for making my home a better place to live!”

Thank you to the partners involved in this project who are committed to creating and preserving affordable communities for years to come.

Development Partners:

  • SWBR Architects
  • Lecesse Construction
  • TG Miller Engineers
  • Cannon Heyman and Weiss
  • Heveron and Company
  • Additional thanks to: Ann DiPetta, Austin’s Helping Hands, EcoSpect, OB Movers, Hired Hands, Here to Help, and Flower City Monitors

Financing Partners:

  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Key Bank
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation

And many thanks to New York State, Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca for their continued support of INHS.

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