Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA)

The IURA works to improve the economic, social, and physical characteristics of the low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods in the City and is responsible for the following activities: (1) administration of City's HUD Entitlement Grant; (2) issuance of loans for affordable housing and job-creating businesses; (3) sale of land for public/private-partnership urban renewal projects; (4) management of Cherry Street Industrial Park; and (5) development of grant applications.

Mission Statement

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency secures and manages resources to improve the social, physical, and economic characteristics of the City of Ithaca by expanding access to quality affordable housing, strengthening neighborhoods and the local economy, and supporting other community development activities.

Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The City of Ithaca is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to annually report on its progress in implementing its Consolidated Plan. The report, known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), will be submitted to HUD on May 2, 2019. The full report will be available for review and public comment from April 15, 2019 through May 1, 2019. It may be reviewed online via the link below:

2017-2018 CAPER

And hardcopies will be available for review at:

Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency
108 E. Green St. (City Hall), Third Floor
Ithaca, New York

Tompkins County Public Library (information desk)
101 E. Green St.
Ithaca, New York


Members of the public may submit comments in writing to the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency at the address above by 12:00 p.m., May 1, 2019. Public comments will be attached to the CAPER and forwarded to HUD.

Please call (607) 274-6565 or e-mail, if you have any questions.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

On February 28, 2019, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) received 17 applications for projects proposed to be included in the City of Ithaca’s draft 2019 Annual Action Plan. Approximately $668,071 in CDBG and $331,923 in HOME funds are expected to be available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for affordable housing, public facilities/infrastructure, economic development, and public services projects.  Projects must principally benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) people, or remove slum/blighting conditions in the City.  Community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals were all invited to submit proposals.  Please click on the following document links to view the applications, schedule, and other details about the process:

2019 IURA Call for Proposals

2019 City of Ithaca/IURA HUD Consolidated & Action Plan Schedule

2019 IURA All Applications Received (PDF)  (78 MB)

2019 IURA Economic Development Applications (PDF) [9 MB]

2019 IURA Housing Applications (PDF) [14 MB]

2019 IURA Public Services Applications (PDF) [53 MB]

2019 IURA Funding Applications Chart

CBDO-CHDO Reminder Image

For more information, please contact:

Anisa Mendizabal, Community Development Planner, (607) 274-6553

Charles Pyott, Contracts Monitor, (607) 274-6565

Green Street Garage Redevelopment Proposal

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) is soliciting proposals to redevelop the Green Street Parking Garage site for a project that increases housing choices and retains sufficient parking to meet current parking utilization, as well as additional parking demand created by the project. Other preferred uses include ground-level active uses on Green Street and a conference center. The IURA is authorized to negotiate the property sales price and the development program, subject to final City of Ithaca Common Council approval. The IURA seeks fair market value for the property, but expects deductions in consideration of community benefits provided by the project (e.g., below-market housing; reconstruction of public parking at developer’s expense). At its April 26, 2018 meeting, the IURA Board voted to re-open the original RFP process with a June 1, 2018 deadline for the submission of applicant qualifications. The following three such applications were received: Visum Development Group; Harold's Holdings; Vecino Group. The following four complete applications were subsequently received by the July 31, 2018 deadline. The RFP and all associated documents can be viewed at the following link:


McKinley Development Proposal (3/1/18)

Visum Development Group Proposal (7/31/18)

Vecino Group Proposal (7/31/18)

Harold's Holdings Proposal (7/31/18)


Green St. Garage: Harold's Holdings - Response to IURA Questions (9/10/18)   
Green St. Garage: Ithaca-Peak Development - Clarifications to Response to IURA Questions (9/11/18)
Green St. Garage: Ithaca-Peak Development - Response to IURA Questions (9/11/18) 
Green St. Garage: Vecino Group - Response to IURA Questions (9/7/18)
Green St. Garage: Visum-Newman - Response to IURA Questions (9/7/18)

Green St. Garage: IURA Questions to Developers (10/5/18)
Green St. Garage: IURA Staff Responses to 10/5/18 IURA Questions
Green St. Garage: Responses to IURA Questions - Harold's Holdings (10/19/18)
Green St. Garage: Responses to IURA Questions - Newman-Visum (10/19/18)
Green St. Garage: Responses to IURA Questions - Vecino Group (Oct. 2018)
Green St. Garage: Report - Economic Benefit of Conference Center

Green St. Garage: IURA Questions to Top Two Applicants (11/5/18)


The IURA Economic Development Committee (EDC) initially reviewed and discussed the applications at its August 21, 2018 meeting. On September 14, 2018, the Committee reviewed and numerically ranked the four applications, which formed the basis of its recommendation to the IURA Board.  The IURA Board reviewed and discussed the rankings at its September 27th, 2018 meeting (including a Public Hearing), and subsequently ranked the four applications on October 25, 2018 (see image of table further below), recommending the top two projects to Common Council for discussion: Vecino Group New York, LLC and Newman Development Group, LLC.

A joint Common Council-IURA Board meeting was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 to discuss the project and the two top-ranked proposals. A variety of additional questions and concerns were brought up at the meeting, which both applicants addressed in the following two documents:

Green Street Garage: Vecino Group - Final Proposal/Responses with Addendum (11/30/18) 
Green Street Garage: Visum Development Group - Final Proposal/Responses (11/30/18) 

On December 13, 2018, the IURA Board met, reviewed additional documents from the applicants, listened to additional public comments, and unanimously adopted a resolution designating Vecino Group New York, LLC as the preferred developer and “qualified and eligible sponsor,” authorizing entry into a 90-day Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) period with the sponsor for the purpose of structuring a proposed Disposition and Development Agreement. Any Disposition and Development Agreement shall be subject to approval by both the IURA Board and the Common Council:

Green St. Garage Redevelopment: Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) (4/11/19)

IURA Green St. Garage Rankings - 10-25-18

Assessment of Fair Housing

The Assessment of Fair Housing is available for review via the link below:

You can also view the Assessment of Fair Housing Goal Summary Table via the following link:

Please contact the following person with any questions:

Anisa Mendizabal
Community Development Planner


The AFH is an updated approach to looking at the fair housing landscape in order to set locally determined fair housing priorities and goals (e.g., are Ithaca residents able to achieve their housing goals; have Ithaca residents ever been treated unfairly in regard to housing; what could improve Ithaca residents' housing situations).

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data & Mapping Tool

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule requires cities and towns receiving HUD funding to examine their housing patterns for evidence of housing discrimination. To facilitate this process, HUD created the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data and Mapping Tool (AFFHT), a publicly accessible interactive web site for conducting the fair housing analyses required by AFFH. AFFHT is a public-facing application, so there are no user registration or access requirements. All users have the same basic permission to use the site. You can access the AFFHT by clicking on the following link:

Once you land on the AFFHT web site, you’ll see an introductory pop-up window, where you'll be asked to select the state and jurisdiction you’re looking for, and whether you want to view just that specific jurisdiction’s map, or a map of the entire region. You will then be taken to a subsequent screen where you'll be asked to select a type of map (e.g., "Race/Ethnicity," "Housing Choice Vouchers & Race/Ethnicity," "Demographics & Job Proximity, "Demographics & Environmental Health"). Once you find the type of map you're looking for, click on the "Go to Map" button located at the bottom-right of the application wizard. Depending on the type of map you select, you may then be asked to choose a specific data set for the map (e.g., "Race/Ethnicity Trends, 1990" or "Race/Ethnicity Trends, 2000"). For more detailed information about each map, including illustrated instructions on how to use the mapping tool, please refer to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) User Guide at the following link:

You can also click on the following link to go to a page containing tools, guidance, training, data/mapping, and other resources related to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule:

Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Data Tables