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More info on projects for Tompkins County (from the Ithaca Journal):

Major construction projects coming to Tompkins in 2013
Area will see major economic boost

10:09 PM, Feb 7, 2013
Written by
Bruce Estes

LANSING — Look for a spring migration of construction cranes to arrive in Tompkins County where about two dozen multimillion dollar projects will begin or be completed this year.

The sharp uptick in local construction was one of several economic forecasts for 2013 in the county highlighted at a Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday at the Lakewatch Inn.

Jean McPheeters, president of the Tompkins chamber, presented an overview of the upcoming development.

The projects include housing developments ranging from an expansion with as many as 75 new units at the Boiceville Cottages in Caroline to the completion of the second phase of Collegetown Terrace on Ithaca’s East State Street.

Hotel construction will also take off in 2013 with the expansion and renovation of the Holiday Inn on Cayuga Street in Ithaca, a Marriott Ithaca Inn for the east end of the Commons and the completion of a Fairfield Inn on Route 13.

At least six major building projects or renovations are planned at Cornell University, two projects at Cayuga Medical Center and a major renovation of the The Commons are set to begin or finish construction this year, McPheeters said.

Michael Stamm, president of Tompkins County Area Development, told the group of about 120 people that a purchase agreement is expected soon for the former Emerson Power Transmission building on South Hill.

Emerson closed its Ithaca industrial operations in 2010.

The 100-acre site straddles the city and Town of Ithaca along Route 96B and has a long history of efforts to cleanup decades of industrial pollution in the groundwater.

Stamm said Emerson’s legal department is in the last phase of reviewing the purchase plan. Converting the huge industrial building into a variety of uses including a small business incubator has been the goal of local economic development officials and Stamm’s agency for several years

Retaining air service to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will get additional attention in 2013, Stamm said.

The anticipated merger of US Airways and American Airlines and a trend of airlines reducing service by smaller planes, present threats to local air service, he said. US Airways, Delta and United Airlines now service the airport with small commuter flights.

Nearly 119,000 passengers used the airport in 2012, an increase of 30 percent since 2008. Stamm said a planning group is being formed to study the community’s future air service needs.

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