BAR worked together with SWA Group and Cornell University to transform a one level strip mall into a walkable mixed-use neighborhood that will form one of the main gateways into the Cornell campus. The goal of the plan is to depict a vision that can be refined with the Town of Ithaca, Cornell and the surrounding community while maintaining market flexibility. As East Hill Village takes shape, it will provide over 1,000 Cornell families with the option of living close to campus with a rich mix of amenities in a striking natural setting.
Organized around a small central village square, the neighborhood incorporates retail, public uses, public transportation and higher density residential. The main vehicular traffic into the campus is redirected across the square’s eastern edge to orient people and create a vibrant retail district. Street widths were studied to minimize space between buildings while maintaining appropriately-sized sidewalks.
Anticipated to be developed in three phases, the overall site includes 222 acres of which 129 acres will remain as open space and school athletic fields. The team worked closely with the university and Robert Charles Lesser & Co., LLC (RCLCO) to establish a program with approximately 1,200-1,500 housing units, 125,000 sf of retail, 450,000 sf of University offices, a 125-room hotel and 50,000 sf of public/civic space.