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City on pace to finish Commons work by November

City on pace to finish Commons work by November

Crews began demolition of the Commons in April 2013. The third and final phase of the project began in the spring of this year and is set to wrap up by November Photo: WHCU/Photo by Pete Blanchard

The re-build of the Ithaca Commons is still on pace, as crews are completing critical work over the next month.

Project Manager Michael Kuo says crews are running into some unforeseen conditions with infrastructure improvements, as they’ve had to get rid of more concrete than expected underneath the Center Ithaca building.

Kuo says despite those surprises, they’re on pace to finish the project that many have been waiting for.

“We can’t really lose sight of the fact that come November, when we finish this construction work this season, we’re going to get the Commons that was drawn and that everyone has been expecting,” Kuo said.

Earlier this year, city lawmakers approved up to $2,000,000 in additional spending for the project if needed.

Kuo says they were able to find about $500,000 in savings, and were able to save certain features of the project, including the playground and gateways.

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