A proposal for a 72-unit senior citizen housing project on West Hill will be in front of the Town of Ithaca Planning Board tomorrow night.
The Conifer Senior Housing Development is up for preliminary site plan approval and preliminary subdivision approval. If granted, the project would then go in front of the Town Board for rezoning consideration and then back to the Planning Board for final site plan approval.
Cornell owns the 35-acre property across from the Museum of the Earth and applicant Conifer Reality LLC. is obtaining these five acres to build the senior housing development.
The project, off West Hill Drive south of the Overlook Apartments, involves developing five acres of property for a three-story, 72-unit senior housing building. It would be located on a new road off West Hill Drive. The project includes new sidewalks, storm water facilities, parking, a community garden, signs, lighting and landscaping.
The project would also involve rezoning 4.8 acres from a medium-density residential zone (designed for single-family homes) to a multiple-residence zone.
In September, when sketch plans were presented, the Planning Board requested that the project include a larger community garden, trees on some parking islands and a copy of a study demonstrating a need for senior housing in the area.
The Conifer project is one of two West Hill projects that are exempt from a year-long moratorium on new construction in a portion of West Hill. The area affected is a medium-density residential area between Trumansburg and Mecklenburg roads, east of EcoVillage and Hayts Road.
Town Supervisor Herb Engman said in July, when the moratorium was adopted, that Conifer would be exempt because senior housing is needed in the town.