Ithaca Voice: PEDC Recap

Councilor Nguyen, usually one of the pro-development members of Common Council, said he liked the streetscape and design, but expressed concern that the 360 jobs were goals rather than firm commitments. “We’re approaching this in a unique and aggressive because we’ve done it before (with the Cornell Business Park), and we’ll do it again,” Proujansky replied. Nguyen added that he wasn’t concerned with funds to move the old fire station No. 9, but asked for a $5 million commitment to affordable housing to the Community Housing Development Fund, which awards local funds to INHS and other housing providers – an amount of that size could be leveraged by affordable housing developers to fund hundreds of units.