Dear Cayuga Place, Please Settle On A Design

17 08 2013

cayugaplace_v5

This building has become the bane of this blog’s existence. From the Planning Board:

The applicant is requesting modifications to site plan approved on August 28, 2012, including: a reduction in the site footprint to 6,920 SF (from 9,400 SF); an increase in total floor space to 49,244 GSF (from 47,075 GSF); an increase in the number of stories to 7 (from 4); an increase in the number of units to 45 (from 39); a reduction in the height of the first‐floor elevation to 409’6” (from 410’); a reduction in floor‐to-floor height to 11’4”without mezzanine loft (from 15’6” with mezzanine loft); an increase in total building height to 81’4” (from 63’6”);the addition of 21 unit balconies and 18 false unit balconies; the addition of 4 unit walk‐outs; and the use of auger‐ grouted steel core displacement piles for the foundation (from a spread‐footing foundation).

So in sum, a taller building with a smaller footprint is being proposed, with a few more units of apartments. The gross area only changes slightly, and the ceilings aren’t as high as before. Given the prelim renderings of this latest version, the general design elements remain the same, although at just over 81 feet tall, the building should now fully mask the wall of the parking garage next door.

So let’s see here…here are original renderings v1, v2 and v3….an updated version of V3, v3.1 if you will….v4…..and now this latest one, which we’ll call version 5. This building has changed its “image” more times than a teenage girl.

At least with the current revision, the change may have been less for market concerns, and more out of engineering concerns. Note the change in the type of foundation; spread-footing foundations are shallow foundations, which spreads the weight out and doesn’t go as deep into the soil (you often see these in flood-prone areas). The replacement is a deep foundation, which is selected when the soil is poor in the shallow layer. My guess is that they were doing site testing, the near-surface soil was worse than expected (perhaps due to the presence of Six Mile Creek), so Bloomfield and Schon decided to build upwards on the more stable portion of the parcel, rather than out. Deep foundations are usually more expensive, which could explain the increase in number of units.

Will this be the incarnation that actually gets built? Good question. I’m kinda tired of flavor of the season, so I’m kinda hoping it just goes up already.

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3 responses

17 08 2013
Ex-Ithacan

I vote for this edition. I just hope the financial issues are resolved and they get on with it. Seeing that parking garage wall is getting old.

26 08 2013
Ex-Ithacan

I hope we get an answer on this Tuesday. Seems like this has been going on for years…….oh yeah, it has.

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