Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA)

The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (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:
  • administration of the City's HUD Entitlement Grant
  • issuance of loans for affordable housing and business job-creation
  • sale of land for public/private-partnership urban renewal projects
  • management of Cherry Street Industrial Park
  • development of grant applications

2018 Call for Proposals

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

On behalf of the City of Ithaca, the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) seeks proposals for projects to be included in the City’s draft 2018 Annual Action Plan.  Approximately $850,000 in combined CDBG and HOME funding is expected to be available. Community groups, businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals are invited to submit proposals for projects to be funded through these programs.


Submission requirements are described in the application forms, budget spreadsheets, and accompanying instructions, all of which are accessible via the links pasted below:

2018 Action Plan Schedule

Click on the link above for a list of all the meetings (including applicant presentations to the IURA Board) associated with the 2018 Action Plan process.


The Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA) seeks a qualified partner 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 project must retain the existing 5-screen cinema and pedestrian connection between Green Street and The Commons.

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). 

The City is facing a housing crisis driven by supply not meeting demand, especially for low- and moderate-income households. The Tompkins County Housing Strategy targets the need to construct 5,800 workforce housing units over the next 10 years for households earning 100% or less of Area Median Income (AMI). In addition, gaps in the supply of housing also exist for supportive housing, senior housing, and purpose-built student housing, though student housing is not the focus for this opportunity. 

The location of the project is in the heart of Ithaca’s downtown, just one-half block off The Commons, ideal for walkability and transit with convenient dining, shopping, entertainment, banking, and other services. 

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is intended to identify and engage a developer or development team to undertake the planning, financing, marketing, and development of the site as an urban renewal project, subject to City of Ithaca Common Council approval. The selected developer(s) will demonstrate their knowledge and capacity to successfully design, entitle, finance, build, and operate a mixed-use project. Developers will be asked to submit a development program and project concept, project budget, preliminary design, financing plan, and financial pro forma, offering incentives and any specific demands, resources, or actions from the IURA or City. 

Click on the following link for more information:

Nels Bohn, Director of Community Development
Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency
108 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY  14850
(607) 274-6565

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).


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), was submitted to HUD on October 30, 2017. The final version of the report can be accessed via the link below:

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

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:
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.