Crews will hustle to finish Phase 2 of Commons reconstruction

Crews will hustle to finish Phase 2 of Commons reconstruction

Just four weeks remain before Thanksgiving, a day that also marks a tight deadline for those working construction on the Ithaca Commons.

Crews plan to wrap up Phase 2 of the project, which involves replacing the utilities that lie underneath the Commons, before the holiday shopping season.

Project Manager Michael Kuo says he’s confident they can make the “hard deadline.”

“City hall has made commitments to the downtown community to keep downtown free of construction for the holiday shopping season,” Kuo said.

Kuo says the Commons won’t look that much different when the work is complete, but there will be some benefits.

He says they are planning to open up Trolley Circle–the intersection of State and Tioga streets–to accomodate several winter events.

Work on the Commons will start up again in March of 2014, which will mark Phase 3 of the project.

The $12 million project is funded by a mix of federal, state and local dollars.

For the latest updates on the project, visit http://ithacacommons.info

More Local Headlines

in Local

Ithaca focusing on West Village, West Hill crimes


After increase in violent crimes on West Hill of Ithaca, city's mayor, police department hosted meeting Thursday with residents to talk solutions

in Local

New York gets federal grant for highway safety


The state will receive $32 million to help fund over 500 projects to improve safety on roads and highways.

in Local

Lansing leaders draft new emergency plan


The Lansing Star Online reports the new plan comes after a 2014 storm took out power and rendered emergency equipment useless.

in Local

Police: Ohio man threatened girls in New York, 4 other states


Police say Ohio man threatened teen girls via Skype, other online media, if they didn't do what he demanded

in Local

EMC member calls for new approach to Ithaca Falls cleanup

ithaca falls

Brian Eden says repeated cleanup efforts by the EPA and the City of Ithaca at Ithaca Falls aren't getting the job done.