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County officials discuss options for site of old library

A committee of the Tompkins County Legislature met Wednesday to discuss potential uses of the site of the old county library.

After meeting with city officials, Tompkins County Commissioner of Planning Ed Marx said the consensus was that a mixed-use site with a heavy residential component would make the most sense.

Director of planning and development for the City of Ithaca Joann Cornish says its placement between residential neighborhoods and small businesses makes it an ideal location for senior housing.

She said the building is terribly underutilized and is also not contributing to the city’s tax base.

She also says they have discussed using the property as the site for a new city hall.

City hall is located on 108 East Green Street, in a building that Cornish says was meant to be a temporary location for city officials.

She says the need for housing is greater than the need for a new city hall.

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