This week Governor Kathy Hochul announced that construction is complete on a new $32 million affordable housing development and arts center within the newly formed Cherry Street District in the city of Ithaca.
Known as Ithaca Arthaus, the 123-apartment development includes arts-related community facilities and offers 40 homes for young people in need of supportive services to live independently.
“We are committed to providing access to quality, affordable, supportive homes where New Yorkers can live, earn, learn, and play in the communities they love,” Governor Hochul said. “Ithaca Arthaus is an exciting mixed-use development that will drive economic and creative growth in the city’s new arts district and bring essential affordable homes with supportive services for those who need them.”
The development includes 123 affordable apartments with 40 homes reserved for young people who are aging out of foster care programs. They will receive support services through an Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative award to Tompkins Community Action, Inc. administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
The development’s ground floor includes two spaces – the Cherry Gallery and the Cherry Studio – for residents to engage in art and theater-related activities, with assistance from Cherry Arts, Inc., the nonprofit company that runs the Cherry Artspace, located next to the new development. The Cherry Gallery will provide an exhibition space for visual arts as well as salon-style showings of music, multimedia, and performance art. The Cherry Studio will provide a gathering and rehearsal space for workshops, after-school programs, and group activities.
Located on Cherry Street along the Cayuga Inlet waterfront in a former industrial area southwest of downtown Ithaca, Ithaca Arthaus is close to the Ithaca and Greyhound Bus Stations and multiple grocery stores, including a food cooperative, as well as pharmacies, medical offices, financial institutions, and retail options.