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Ithaca Gun Factory Resolution Passes
Plans to Rebuild Abandoned Building in the Works...
Jordan Gremli
| August 23, 2007
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The plan to redevelop the Ithaca Gun Factory site was unanimously approved by the Ithaca Common Council's Planning and Economic Development Committee Wednesday night. The plan will attempt to rid the site of pollution and contamination, level the abandoned gun factory (located on Lake St. across from Gun Hill Apartments) and build 33 upscale condos in its place. [[image|file=ithacagun.jpg|width=150|align=left]]The site has always been a powderkeg for local environment issues, and there have been many attempts over the years at cleaning up the site. The area is contaminated with lead poison left over from the former factory. City officials estimate the cleanup will cost around $2.4 million, but a portion of this will be covered by Wally Diehl, who owns part of the affected land. His original plan was to build more condiminiums, but local residents spoke out against this proposed development, arguing that it wouldn't fit with the rest of the neighborhood. The Common Council and the City of Ithaca hopes that the newly approved plan provides a compromise that will keep all parties happy and achieve clean- up.
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