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Shaping A City, Ithaca, NY: A Developers Perspective


May 2020 — Three-part discussion with the author:

Session 1: May 21, 2020 video

  • Planning and Consultants
  • Power of RFPs to attract developers
  • Formation of a BID for organizing your  community
  • Power of Feasibility studies—Housing, Retail, Office
  • Build a Strategic Plan with community input and quantitative goals.
  • Collaboration with large institutions and private developers

Session 2: May 28, 2020 video

  • Revised Downtown Strategic Plan for the next ten years
  • Importance of saving our architectural heritage
  • Not-For-Profits owning Real Estate as an income generator
  • Arts, Dining and Entertainment that drive Downtown Revitalization

Session 3: June 4, 2020 video

  • Importance of Workforce Housing—
  • Adaptive Reuse—Apartments and Incubator Space
  • Collaboration vs. Competition—Creating Density in downtown.
  • Tax incentives and new hotels
  • Zoning changes—Creating Density
  • Creating the environment for a New Bank Building
  • Drivers of Downtown Revitalization—Arts, Dining and Entertainment and a refreshed Ithaca  Commons pedestrian mall

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