Tompkins County
New York


Determining that the Former Tompkins County Public Library (“Old Library”) Property, Located at 310-314 North Cayuga Street in the City of Ithaca, Is No Longer Needed for Public Use


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Category:Real PropertyFunctions:Buildings and Facilities, Library


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Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the County is the owner of certain real property in the City of Ithaca located at 310-314 North Cayuga Street and designated as Tax Parcel No. 61.-1-4, said parcel consisting of a building commonly known as the “Old Library” situated on a site of approximately 37,750 square feet, and


WHEREAS, the Old Library property is now vacant after serving as the home of the Tompkins County Public Library until its relocation to a new facility on Green Street in 2000, and subsequently serving as the home of the County’s Community Justice Center, which has now been relocated to new space within the County’s Human Services Building, and


WHEREAS, the Old Library parcel is no longer used or needed for any County purpose, and


WHEREAS, there is no other County purpose for this parcel, now therefore be it


RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Old Library Committee, That it is hereby determined that the Old Library parcel as described above is no longer needed for public use.


Meeting History

Aug 16, 2017 3:30 PM  Old Library Committee Regular Meeting
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Ms. Kiefer said she appreciates the Committee is considering a ground lease for this parcel and suggested the words “at this time” for declaring the property no longer needed for public use be added to the resolution.

Mr. Wood does not believe adding those words would hinder the idea of a ground lease or sale. He noted the resolution will require a two-thirds vote by the Legislature.

In response to questions raised about whether this resolution was already done, staff noted that a search was conducted and no resolution had been done. Mr. Mareane said approving this resolution would have tax implications and the County would have had to pay property taxes on the property if a resolution had been adopted.

It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, seconded by Mr. Lane, to amend the resolution and add “at this time” at the end of the last Whereas.

Ms. Kiefer believes this language is important as a ground lease is being considered and it reflects that action.

Ms. Robertson spoke in opposition to the amendment as she believes that throughout the process, she understood that there was only interest in selling the property and not leasing it. She does not believe the County would evict families from their homes in order to do something else with the building.

A voice vote resulted as follows on the amendment: Ayes - 2 (Kiefer and Lane); Noes - 3 (Robertson, McBean-Clairborne, and Sigler). MOTION TO AMEND FAILED.

It was MOVED by Ms. Robertson, seconded by Mr. Sigler, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to Call the Question. THE QUESTION WAS CALLED.

MOVER:Martha Robertson, Member
SECONDER:Michael Sigler, Member
AYES:Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Michael Sigler, Martha Robertson
NAYS:Dooley Kiefer
Sep 5, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Kelles said she has been watching this very closely over the last three years and at the time the proposals were presented, she supported the Franklin project. She appreciates the efforts that have been made since then and continues to believe affordable housing is still a concern. She would like to see development of the condos and housing that allows condos and people to preserve their wealth.

Ms. Chock said that she has not changed her mind on this proposal since it was first presented and continues to oppose it. She said she would support keeping the parcel as it is unique to the area and could someday be the home to a Center of Government building.

Ms. Kiefer also stated she believes it is important to keep the land in public control for future use.

It was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, seconded by Mr. Burbank, to amend the resolution as follows: 2nd Whereas change “the Old Library property…” to “the Old Library building…”; 3rd Whereas change “the Old Library parcel…” to “the Old Library building…”; and last Whereas add “at this time”. A voice vote resulted as follows: Ayes - 4 (Legislators Chock, Kiefer, Klein, and Lane); Noes - 10. AMENDMENT FAILED.

Concern was expressed that this amendment could create a legality issue.

This resolution was adopted by a roll call vote.

MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
SECONDER:James Dennis, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
NAYS:Carol Chock, Dooley Kiefer