The first phase of Collegetown Terrace, a new 7-building, 610-unit development located on a 17-acre site in Ithaca, New York, is nearing completion with site planting currently underway. The project is designed to be built in three phases to meet the growing demand for beds and parking by students in the Collegetown area adjacent to Cornell University.
In order to help the project blend in with the established community and not stick out as new construction, FTLA used mature trees as well as transplanting original site trees, including a large copper beech tree. To further respect the existing neighborhood, FTLA’s design called for sod to be planted along State Street instead of using seed, although seed was used in other, less sensitive areas of the site for cost efficiency.
FTLA is also providing landscape design for an amphitheater for outdoor performances, the grounds of an historic house on the site, a new underground parking garage and a network of outdoor terraces. Recently, ground was broken and building footers, foundation and site walls were installed for the northern-most building, the first in a series of contrasting form serpentine buildings that will link the site. The Collegetown Terrace is expected to be completed in 2014.
To see more of the new Collegetown Terrace apartments, click here to view additional exterior and interior photos that were recently featured in The Ithaca Journal.