Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA)
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.
2019 HUD Entitlement Program
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
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City of Ithaca 2019 Consolidated Plan & 2019 Action Plan Development
The City of Ithaca’s draft 2019 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Action Plan will be available for public comment until 12:00 p.m., May 31, 2019 at following locations: IURA office (3rd floor, Ithaca City Hall); Ithaca City Clerk’s Office; Tompkins Co. Public Library; Human Services Coalition; and Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency web site (www.IthacaURA.org). These plans describe proposed use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for projects benefiting City’s low- and moderate-income residents. The Consolidated Plan consists of the City’s housing/community development needs assessment, market analysis, and 5-year strategic plan. The Action Plan describes projects recommended for the coming program year. Links both documents are listed immediately below:
Summary List of 2019 Proposed Activities
Immaculate Conception School Redevelopment
Housing Scholarship Program
The Learning Web
Security Deposit Assistance 2019-20
Catholic Charities of TT
Security Deposit Inspections
Tompkins Community Action (TCA)
Finger Lakes ReUse Job Skills Training
Finger Lakes ReUse
Work Preserve Job Training: Job Placement
Hospitality Employment Training Program
Ithaca ReUse Center Expansion
Finger Lakes ReUse
Black Girl Alchemists Public Art Mosaic
Housing for School Success: Year #4
211 Info & Referral
Work Preserve Job Training: Job Readiness
A Place to Stay Night/Weekend Staffing
Catholic Charities of TT
Catholic Charities of TT
Economic Development Loan Fund
This list includes allocation of anticipated CDBG and HOME awards of $688,397 and $305,972, respectively, and allocation of $235,123.77 from anticipated repayments of prior-year economic development loans and other funds.
Written Comments: Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk, 1st Floor, 108 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY 14850 and must be received by 12:00 p.m., May 31, 2019.
ACCESSIBILITY: City Hall is fully accessible. Persons needing special accommodation to review the plans, or participate at Public Hearing should contact IURA at 274-6565/-6553 as soon as possible or at least 72 hrs. prior to Public Hearing or end of comment period (whichever is needed) for assistance.
More Information: Please contact Anisa Mendizabal, Community Development Planner, email@example.com, (607) 274-6553, IURA │ 108 E. Green St., 3rd Floor │ Ithaca, NY 14850 │ Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., M-F
The Planning & Economic Development Committee of Common Council will hold a Public Hearing on the two plans. This is the second of two public hearings to gain public input on development of the City’s 2019 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Action Plan.
PUBLIC HEARING #2: Planning & Economic Development Committee of Common Council │ 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 8, 2019 │ Common Council Chambers (3rd Floor), 108 E. Green St. (City Hall), Ithaca, NY 14850
Meeting locations are fully accessible. Persons needing special accommodation to participate should contact the IURA at 274-6553, at least 72 hrs. prior to the meeting.
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: http://www.cityofithaca.org/bids.aspx?bidID=71.
RFP APPLICATIONS RECEIVED:
IURA QUESTIONS & APPLICANT/STAFF RESPONSES:
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)
CURRENT PROGRESS STATUS:
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:
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:
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:
Community Development Planner
WHAT IS THE ASSESSMENT OF FAIR HOUSING (AFH)?
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: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/AFFH-Data-and-Mapping-Tool-User-Guide.pdf.
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: https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/affh/resources/#tools-for-fair-housing-planning-under-the-affh-rule.
- AFH Data Table: Table 1 - Demographics (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 2 - Demographic Trends (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 3 - Racial/Ethnic Dissimilarity Trends (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 4 - Racially/Ethnically Concentrated Areas of Poverty (RECAPs) (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 5 - Publicly Supported Hsng. Units by Program Category (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 6 - Publicly Supported Households by Race/Ethnicity (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 7 - RECAP/Non-RECAP Demographics by Publicly Supported Hsng. Prg. (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 8 - Demographics of Publicly Supported Hsng. Develpts. by Prgm. (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 9 - Demographics of Households w. Disproportionate Housing Needs (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 10 - Demographics of Households with Severe Housing Cost Burden (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 11 - Publ. Supp. Hsng. by Prgrm. Cat. - Units by No. Bdrms.-Child. (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 12 - Opportunity Indicators by Race/Ethnicity (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 13 - Disability by Type (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 14 - Disability by Age Group (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 15 - Disability by Publicly Supported Housing Program Category (5/31/17)
- AFH Data Table: Table 16 - Homeownership/Rental Rates by Race/Ethnicity (5/31/17)