Chacona Block and Larkin Building Local Landmark Designations

Chacona Block

Chacona Block

Historic Ithaca supports the individual landmark designations approved by the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission for two historic buildings in Collegetown: the Chacona Block at 411-415 College Avenue and the Larkin Building at 403 College Avenue. Common Council will consider and vote on these designations at its upcoming Common Council meetings in October and November. Over the last several years, the City of Ithaca has produced several documents to guide development and planning in Collegetown. The 2009 Collegetown Urban Plan and Conceptual Guidelines (endorsed by Common Council on August 5, 2009) states on page 32:

The east side of the 400 block of College Avenue is a major urban planning success, notable not only within its Collegetown context, but within the context of the City as a whole, and no incentive (such as substantially increasing the maximum permitted building height) should be enacted that would provide an economic incentive to demolish any of the buildings, old or new, that together create this exceptional urban ensemble.”

The Larkin Building

The Larkin Building

The 2015 Plan Ithaca document calls for the enhancement and preservation of neighborhood character as one of the city’s livability goals. Many changes have taken place in Collegetown, but this is a chance to designate two properties in a signature block. Let’s work to make sure that is a reality with the designation of these two properties.

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Click here to read Historic Ithaca’s full September 19, 2017 letter to the Mayor and Common Council. 

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