Shoppers on the Commons find their way through the fences that surround the construction. (photo: Breana Cacciotti)
ITHACA – As the construction crew works behind tall, chain-linked fences through the middle of downtown Ithaca, college student Peter Westacott finds that the construction makes it complicated to browse the stores and enjoy the Commons.
Construction work on the Ithaca Commons began over two years ago with the original completion date of July 31, 2014. It has since been pushed back multiple times to the current completion estimate of Summer 2015.
Westacott said he only visits the Commons about once per month, only when he needs to.
“Right now with all the construction going on, the Commons is not a very inviting area to shop and hang out, and it’s just really difficult to navigate,” Westacott said.
Former Ithaca resident, Larissa Yost, said she continues to also visit the Commons at least once a month since she moved, and she is still waiting to see the old Commons come back to Ithaca.
“Before construction started the Commons was really pretty and had nice trees, a playground and an area for events, then they started tearing everything up and it just seems like it’s been an endless cycle of construction,” Yost said.