After long delay, Library Place resumes construction

ITHACA, N.Y.—When it comes to reporting on the construction of Library Place, there have been…


ITHACA, N.Y.—When it comes to reporting on the construction of Library Place, there have been enough pronouncements and press releases that, in the desire to avoid further embarrassment, we decided to not report on any planned or claimed Library Place site activity until we saw it with our own eyes, over an extended period. Well, we can finally say that yes, Library Place has resumed construction.

The project site at 310-14 North Cayuga Street has lain dormant since the initial mandatory pause on all construction activities in response to the first COVID wave in March 2020. Since that time, it’s been proverbial swings and misses. There was the planned restart in December 2020, which came and went. Then there was the announcement construction would resume at the end of last June. That also passed without recommencement.

Any number of reasons have been provided – missed construction timetables with contractors, financial issues stemming from rising costs, and other entanglements that prevented construction from moving ahead.