Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA)

The IURA works to improve the economic, social, and physical characteristics of low-to-moderate-income neighborhoods in the City and is responsible for: (1) administration of City's HUD Entitlement Grant; (2) issuing 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 IURA 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. Complete Mission Statement: IURA Mission Statement (PDF).

 

CITY OF ITHACA │ ITHACA URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY (IURA)

Call for Proposals & Notice of Public Input Meetings

 

The IURA is requesting funding proposals to address community development needs through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs.  In 2023, approximately $616,000 in CDBG funds and $304,000 in HOME funds are anticipated to be available for projects in the areas of affordable housing, public facilities/infrastructure, economic development, and public services.  Projects must principally benefit low- and moderate-income people or remove slum or blighting conditions in the City of Ithaca.  Interested individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations are urged to submit a funding proposal.  Application forms and additional information can be found at the end of this announcement.  Ithaca City Hall is once again open to the public, but due periodic coronavirus pandemic concerns, access to IURA offices (Third Floor, City Hall, 108 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY) may be limited.  The public is encouraged to contact staff at amendizabal@cityofithaca.org to receive information electronically or, if intending to come to the office, call ahead to the IURA at 274-6565.  The submission deadline for receipt of all proposals is:  12:00 p.m./noon, Tuesday, January 31, 2023.  More information will be provided at the following Public Input Meetings:

Meetings will occur via the IURA’s hybrid platform for public meetings and are accessible virtually by using the associated link above or attending in person at City Hall in Common Council Chambers (Third Floor).  The public is invited to attend to give input and ask questions.  Meetings are fully accessible.  Persons needing special accommodation to participate in these meetings should contact the IURA at 274-6565 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting, if at all possible. 

One-on-one technical assistance is also available upon request (IURA staff schedule permitting) to anyone considering applying.  Please make appointment requests as soon as possible by contacting: Anisa Mendizabal, amendizabal@cityofithaca.org, (607) 274-6565.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS & REFERENCES:

 

2023 IURA Applications: INSTRUCTIONS (PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14515/2023-IURA-Applications-INSTRUCTIONS-PDF

 

2023 IURA Applications: CHECKLISTS (PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14514/2023-IURA-Applications-CHECKLISTS-PDF

 

2019-2023 Consolidated Plan: Priority Needs (PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14507/2019-2023-Consolidated-Plan-Priority-Needs-PDF

 

IURA AFH Contributing Factors Explanation & Table (PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14516/IURA-AFH-Contributing-Factors-Explanation--Table-PDF

 

APPLICATION FORMS BY CATEGORY:

 

All Categories:

 

2023 IURA Application: Funding Application Addendum - Fundraising (FILLABLE PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14510/2023-IURA-Application-Funding-Application-Addendum---Fundraising-FILLABLE-PDF

 

Housing:

 

2023 IURA Application: Housing (FILLABLE PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14511/2023-IURA-Application-Housing-FILLABLE-PDF

 

2023 IURA Housing Application: Excel Budget Form

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14518/2023-IURA-Housing-Application-Excel-Budget-Form

 

Economic Development:

 

2023 IURA Application: Economic Development (FILLABLE PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14509/2023-IURA-Application-Economic-Development-FILLABLE-PDF

 

2023 IURA Application: Economic Development - Uses & Sources Table (FILLABLE PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14508/2023-IURA-Application-Economic-Development---Uses--Sources-Table-FILLABLE-PDF

 

2023 IURA Economic Development Application: Excel Budget Form

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14517/2023-IURA-Economic-Development-Application-Excel-Budget-Form

 

Public Facilities/Infrastructure:

 

2023 IURA Application: Public Facilities/Infrastructure (FILLABLE PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14512/2023-IURA-Application-Public-FacilitiesInfrastructure-FILLABLE-PDF

 

2023 IURA Public Facilities/Infrastructure Application: Excel Budget Form

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14519/2023-IURA-Public-FacilitiesInfrastructure-Application-Excel-Budget-Form

 

Public Services:

 

2023 IURA Application: Public Services (FILLABLE PDF)

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14513/2023-IURA-Application-Public-Services-FILLABLE-PDF

 

2023 IURA Public Services Application: Excel Budget Form

http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/14520/2023-IURA-Public-Services-Application-Excel-Budget-Form

 

CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE & EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER)

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

The City of Ithaca is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to report annually on its progress in implementing its Consolidated Plan.  The draft report, known as the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), will be submitted to HUD.  Covering the 2021 Program Year (August 1st, 2021‒July 31st, 2022), the report was available for public comment from October 14, 2022 until 4:00 p.m. on October 29, 2022.  It may be reviewed online, using the link further below, or hardcopies may be requested by contacting:  Charles Pyott, cpyott@cityofithaca.org, (607) 274-6565, Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency (IURA), 108 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY  14850. 


2021 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

PUBLIC HEARING

Proposed Disposition of Property

East Hill Fire Station Urban Renewal Project  

309 College Avenue, Ithaca, NY

 

A Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at the Planning and Economic Development Committee (PEDC) of the City of Ithaca Common Council on a proposed Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) to sell the current East Hill Fire Station located at 309 College Ave. to undertake an Urban Renewal Project in accordance with Section 507 of New York General Municipal Law. The meeting is currently scheduled to be held in-person in Council Chambers (Third Fl.), City Hall, 108 E. Green St., Ithaca, NY, although an opportunity for remote public comment will also be available.  Please consult meeting agenda when issued on August 12th at: http://www.cityofithaca.org/AgendaCenter

 

Type of Disposition:         Purchase agreement for fee simple ownership 

Seller:                                   Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency 

Purchaser:                          311 CA Associates, LLC (“Sponsor”)

Property:                             Current Fire Station #2 property, an approximately 8,500-sq.-ft. parcel located at 309 College Ave., Ithaca, NY (Tax Parcel #: 64.-10-17).

Sales Price:                          $5,100,000

Project Summary:             309 College Ave. is proposed to be sold for $5.1 million plus acquisition of adjoining parcels at 403 Elmwood Ave. and 408 Dryden Rd. for City construction of new fire station. 

Seller Contingencies:       A.   Compliance with all terms of City/Sponsor Option Agreement executed on February 22, 2022, regarding the real property transaction.

B.   Completion of second phase of segmented Environmental Review — prior to transfer of the deed to the 309 College Ave. property to Sponsor, either the Environmental Review of the new East Hill Fire Station construction project shall have been completed or City shall have formally postponed construction of new fire station on properties to be acquired at 403 Elmwood Ave. and 408 Dryden Rd.

C.   Property Tax Revenue – execution of a 20-year Sponsor/IURA Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement requiring annual payment equal to property taxes that would have been due in the event the 309 College Ave. property becomes tax-exempt by any means other than an approved Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency PILOT agreement. 

 

City of Ithaca Common Council approval is required to approve above-referenced real property conveyance.  

 

Directions for submitting written or oral comments will be described in the PEDC meeting notice at the Agenda Center: http://www.cityofithaca.org/AgendaCenter. For more information, contact Nels Bohn at:  nbohn@cityofithaca.org

INLET ISLAND REDEVELOPMENT

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (RFEI)

Deadline Expired

 

The IURA sought conceptual proposals to redevelop underutilized public lands on Inlet Island.  An approximately 2.65-acre waterfront project site is available for potential acquisition and development.  The IURA sought urban renewal projects that improve the physical, social and economic characteristics of the project site and surrounding area, and advance goals and objectives of PlanIthaca, the City’s comprehensive plan and its Waterfront Plan chapter. These plans encourage the following land use objectives: Mixed-use development; housing opportunities at all income levels; public access to the waterfront; better multi-modal connections; and vibrant waterfront.  The goal of the RFEI process was to identify if any respondent’s schematic plan and development program would gain conceptual approval from both the IURA and Common Council as the basis for a proposed urban renewal project to redevelop the site.  The complete RFEI can be viewed via the following link: Inlet Island: Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) (3/3/21). The  Proposals Received, Scoring Sheet, & Meeting Schedule can also be viewed below:


Finger Lakes Development
Visum Development Group
Waterfront Alchemy

Proposals Scoring Sheet

Proposed Meeting Schedule 


On June 24, 2021, the IURA Board unanimously concluded that the top-ranked conceptual development plan for site was submitted by Finger Lakes Development, LLC.

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). The Assessment of Fair Housing is available for review via the following link: http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/6952. You can also view the Assessment of Fair Housing Goal Summary Table via the following link: http://www.cityofithaca.org/DocumentCenter/View/7134. Please contact the following person with any questions:

Anisa Mendizabal
Community Development Planner
AMendizabal@cityofithaca.org

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:

https://egis.hud.gov/affht

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.

Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Data Tables