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Request for Expressions of Interest Released for Redevelopment of Tompkins County Old Library

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Request for Expressions of Interest Released for Redevelopment of Tompkins County Old Library

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tompkins County is requesting expressions of interest for the purchase or lease, and redevelopment of, county-owned property which is the site of the Old Library building.  The County intends to vacate the building during the first quarter of 2015 and aims to have a redevelopment plan in place at that time.  The Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) is the first step of a process for choosing a developer for the property.

The site was acquired by Tompkins County in 1965 from the I.O.O.F. Ithaca Lodge and Ithaca College, and the Tompkins County Public Library was constructed on the site. In 2000 the Public Library was moved to its current location on Green Street and since that time the County has used the Old Library building primarily for records storage and for the Community Justice Center.  As a result of a comprehensive review of county facility needs and efficiencies it has been determined that the building is no longer needed for those purposes.  The last remaining use, the Community Justice Center, is slated to be moved to space at the County Human Services Building in early 2015.

The Old Library is a 38,630 square foot, two-and-a-half story building sitting on a 0.88 acre parcel located at 310-314 N. Cayuga Street (the SW corner of Cayuga and Court Streets) in the City of Ithaca.  The property is currently assessed at $1.5 million based on prior zoning. It was recently re-zoned CBD-50 which allows mixed-use buildings up to four stories and 50 feet in height.  It is located in the Dewitt Historic District, and surrounding land uses include the Lifelong Senior Center, the First Presbyterian Church and Dewitt Park.  The site is on the edge of the vibrant Ithaca Downtown Business District to the south and the popular urban neighborhood of Fall Creek to the north, and is walkable to employment, entertainment, shopping, schools, and many services.

All companies or individuals interested in making a proposal to redevelop the Old Library property must participate in the RFEI process.  Responses are due on March 14, 2014.

The full Request for Expressionsof Interest may be found at www.tompkinscountyny.gov/purchase.