Current Information and Public Meetings of Note


Ithaca Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:00 – 9:00am
Southside Community Center, 305 S. Plain St. Ithaca, NY 14850

Click here to view event.


Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act

The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (H.R.1158/S. 425) makes long overdue changes to the Historic Tax Credit (IRC § 47) to further encourage building reuse and redevelopment in small, midsize, and rural communities. It also makes the rehabilitation of community projects like theaters, libraries, and schools easier. Finally, the bill would make more historic properties eligible to use the credit by updating program requirements to reflect current industry practices. These reforms would be the first major changes to the Historic Tax Credit (HTC) since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Click here to read more.

Historic Ithaca encourages you to contact Congressman Tom Reed to
support this act.

by phone: (607) 222-2027
by mail: 
401 E. State St. Suite 410, Ithaca, NY 14850
by email


The Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery
St Louis, Missouri

More than 170 headstones were damaged at the Jewish cemetery on Feb. 20th. Historic Ithaca and the Friends of the Ithaca City Cemetery urge you to donate to the fundraising project:

Click here to donate


 Old Library Site Redevelopment
 310-314 N. Cayuga St., DeWitt Park Historic District

Check back to this link to for the latest meeting agendas, updates and additional links.


Historic Tax Credit Program Threatened

Historic Tax Credit programs has been a major force for revitalizing communities and stimulating economic growth. Owners of historic properties have been able to use this program as an incentive to rehabilitate buildings and put them back into active use as viable businesses or rental properties.Recently in Ithaca, buildings like the former Plantations, owned by Sunit “Lex” Chutintaranond, were rehabilitated using the state and federal historic tax credit program to successfully create Mia’s restaurant, a banquet room, office space, and rental apartments. This project helped improve the Downtown Commons.

During the 115th Congress, the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act may be eliminated as part of Speaker Ryan’s “A Better Way” tax reform. We hope that you will join us in advocating for the continuation of the Historic Tax Credit by contacting our local congressman, Tom Reed. For more information on the Historic Tax Credit program and how you can help protect this essential preservation and economic development tool, please visit the Historic Tax Credit website created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for valuable information:

Click here to view the ACHP Policy Statement.


New Design Guidelines

Downtown Design Guidelines:
Click here to view the Draft Downtown Design Guidelines.

Collegetown Design Guidelines:
Click here to view the Draft Collegetown Design Guidelines.

For more information, please contact Megan Wilson at or (607) 274-6560.


City of Ithaca Temporary Mandatory Planned Unit Development (TMPUD)

Public Information Session: Proposed Temporary Mandatory Planned Unit
Development (TMPUD) – Carpenter Business Park with Maguire
Click here to view the media release.


Town of Ithaca Zoning Codes

Click here for more updates.


Keep up-to-date on local development proposals:
To view agendas and minutes for City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board, Click here.

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