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‘Hotel Ithaca’ project still on

The planned renovations at the Holiday Inn in downtown Ithaca are moving forward, with the work just rescheduled a bit.

The owners, Hart Hotels, recently withdrew a request to the Tompkins County IDA for a ten year tax abatement due to costs of the project being higher than they originally thought.

Executive Director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance Gary Ferguson says the existing hotel tower and banquet services facility will undergo their planned work and the hotel will remain open during construction, keeping jobs intact.

Ferguson says once the work is complete, Hart Hotels will go back to the IDA for tax abatement assistance, and if approved will move forward with a new tower and conference center.

Construction is set to begin in November.

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