As students arrive, Collegetown construction projects wrapping up

By Brian Crandall
The Ithaca Voice

Photo from The Ithaca Voice
The Breazzano Center

No other neighborhood in Ithaca quite has its construction timed like Collegetown. And that’s no surprise, given that everything enters a frantic summer rush to be ready for new students when classes resume in late August. Having much interest but little common sense, it seemed time to take a trip through bustling Collegetown and take a look at the latest additions to its perpetually young and often-avoided streets.

The Breazzano Center is occupied, with Cornell staff now in their new offices on the upper three floors of the six-story building. The lower three floors are classrooms and academic space for the university’s Executive MBA program. The interior and exterior finish work is wrapping up (interior moldings, some cosmetic exterior panels), and it looks like the new street seating, curbing and bike racks are in – the development team may hold off on plantings until next spring, depending on how well the project team thinks the new landscaping will grow in before winter comes.

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