By: Maya Cueva
Dozens of residents attended a public session at City Hall to discuss the plan to construct a Greenstar in the Collegetown neighborhood. Most residents were in favor of the plan, though they expressed concern that the construction of a parking lot would icnrease car usage and traffic.
Graham Kerslick, representative for the City of Ithaca’s Fourth Ward, is in favor of the project, but said there are shortcomings that need to be addressed.
“As a resident of Collegetown who doesn’t own a car, I certainly welcome development that seeks to reduce the need for bringing cars to Collegetown and the neighborhood,” Kuznik said. “However, if we are to be successful, we also need a comprehensive parking plan not just for Collegetown but for the entire city.”
Sophie Griswald, a student at Cornell and resident of Collegetown, says having a grocery store in the neighborhood would be convenient and embraced my Cornell students.
“It would be great if there were some sort of initiative to encourage alternative sources of transportation” Griswald said. “Walking, biking, taking the bus.”
Greenstar has been negotiating with property owners of 307 College Avenue about opening up a Greenstar location the ground floor of a new multiplex building that is expected to be completed by 2014.