Lansing development surges into 2020

A proposal in front of the Lansing Planning Board plans to convert the former Egan’s IGA Building in the Rogues’ Harbor parking lot into offices and a bar/restaurant.
A proposal in front of the Lansing Planning Board plans to convert the former Egan’s IGA Building in the Rogues’ Harbor parking lot into offices and a bar/restaurant.
Photo by Matt Montague

Development of new housing and businesses continues apace in the town of Lansing – at year-end, there were eight significant projects planned, approved or under construction.

Lake Forest Circle, a development of the land above the lakeshore north of Myers Road, will have 16 building lots on 43.5 acres. The plan was intially approved in 2015, and developer H. Floyd Davis III is awaiting final approval to begin construction.

The Britton Woods Subdivision on the east side of Triphammer Road, 1,100 feet north of Asbury Road, is planned to have 10 single-family homes on 9.7 acres of land with public water and private septic systems.

Developers and builders Scotty Britton and Wayne Britton of Ithaca will offer “Colony Factory Crafted Homes,” each 38 feet by 30 feet, totaling 1,140 square feet per house. Their application, not yet approved, calls for infrastructure to be done in the first year and the building of two or more homes a year until done.

Kathryn Sherman of Autumn Ridge Properties is planning to renovate and re-use the old Egan I.G.A. grocery store by converting the current roller derby practice site into offices and a bar/restaurant. The building, sited in the Rogues’ Harbor parking lot, would get an external makeover as well as gutting the interior for the new layout. This project is in sketch form and has only had a preliminary review by the Planning Board.

Salt Point Brewery’s plans to move from its current small building next to Rogues’ Harbor to a 4,000-square-foot tasting room and production space was threatened by poor results from a set of soil tests taken in late 2019.

Co-owner and builder Chris Hesse said that they are planning on beginning construction when the soil dries out this spring and hope to be open in early Fall 2020. He said that building plans are not yet finalized, but initial sketches show a 1,500-square-foot tasting room and a 1,400-square-foot production space with parking for about 50 cars.

Their vision is to be “a community gathering space and social hub” for Lansing, according to a memo submitted with the site application. A second phase for the project envisions outdoor open spaces for dining, summertime concerts and harvest festivals on the 5.4 acre lot.

The Yoga Farm on Conlon Road is proceeding with a 2,300-square-foot addition to its main building and a new 576-square-foot meditation cabin. That plan was approved in October, 2019; the application projects as many as 50 new students attending classes there.

Phase Five of the Village Solars apartment complex is under construction and is planned to add three three-bedroom, six two-bedroom, three one-bedroom and 12 studio apartments to the complex on Warren Road. In all, the property is expected to have more than 300 units when complete.

Construction on the $17.3 million, 72-unit Milton Meadows affordable housing development is well underway. Three of the nine residential buildings are open, with the remainder opening by summer. A housing lottery for applicants screened to meet income requirements has resulted in leases for most of the units.

WB Asset Management, LLC’s Cayuga Orchard development, will add another 102 units to Lansing’s housing mix, with 76 two-bedroom and 26 one-bedroom units in 15 buildings on the west side of Triphammer Road. Construction will start in early 2020.

SEE Associates's 12,000-square-foot mixed-use building south of the Triphammer-Peruville Road intersection is aimed at bringing professional services closer to the center of Lansing. The shell of the building is complete, and interior work will continue through the winter months. Paving the building’s 48 parking spots will come with the spring.

Developer Andy Sciarabba noted that they have signed a lease with a primary and acute care physician as well as an office lease with a real estate developer.

In brief:

Night of Life Fundraising Event

The student-led group “Night of Life” will hold its annual fundraiser to support “Camp Good Days and Special Times” Feb. 8.

The event will include: “Pond Fest,” with skating, ice hockey and a bonfire from 3 to 5 p.m., and volleyball and dodgeball in the gym from 4 to 6 p.m.
The day will wrap up with a senior v. faculty basketball game, with a special half-time “chuck a ball” game, from 7 to 8 p.m. Finally, Hatfield’s chicken will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.

LUMC Plans Winter Festival

The Lansing United Methodist Church’s Children’s Ministries will host a Winter Festival Feb. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. at LUMC’s Church Fellowship Hall.

The festival will feature a Giant Game Night with oversized versions of Uno, Jenga, Sorry!, Kerplunk, Connect Four, checkers, chess, tic-tac-toe and dominoes, along with a human Hungry Hungry Hippos game. There will be regular sized games from which to choose, too.

Winter-themed crafts will be offered in the craft room, and the hot chocolate bar will be open with several fixings. Our evening will end with a soup, salad and grilled cheese supper. For more information, contact 607-533-4070.

Cornell Girls Who Code

Are you a middle school or high school student? Want to change the world with your fingertips? Come join us and bring your ideas to life with the power of coding!

Women in Computing at Cornell (WICC) has partnered with Girls Who Code and Accenture to bring the Girls Who Code program to Ithaca.

Students can attend free, weekly workshops where they will learn the basics of computer science by using hardware and software to create their own projects and tackle real-world problems. The class is open to all genders. No experience necessary.

Middle School classes will go from noon to 1:30 p.m. and high school classes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. All classes will be at Cornell’s Upson Hall, room 225.

Come to one of our first classes Feb. 9 to learn about all the cool projects and skills you could learn from joining the program. Registration forms are available on-line at; questions can be sent to; and the program website is at



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