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Purity ice cream expansion takes step forward

A project to expand the Purity Ice Cream Shoppe on Ithaca’s West End is taking steps forward.

The City’s Planning Board recently sent the project to the site-plan review stage, which would rebuild the back part of the building and create a 4 or 5 story structure that will include office space and apartments.

Owner Bruce Lane says Purity aims to keep the original flare of the business intact with the project.

If the project is approved, Purity is likely to move operations across the street to keep the business open year round while the work is being done.

Lane says he was hopeful to get started with construction this fall, but say’s they’re likely a year away from any real ground breaking.

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