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Businesses express “frustration, patience” with delays in Ithaca Commons rebuild

Businesses express “frustration, patience” with delays in Ithaca Commons rebuild

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Work continues on the Ithaca Commons reconstruction project – a project that will likely now last into early 2015.

The project was initially scheduled to be finished this year. More than $15 million in spending has been approved for the major rebuild of the pedestrian mall.

Project manager Michael Kuo says he interacts daily with business owners on the Commons, and he says there’s been a mix of frustration and patience.

“Small business owners are operating on very slight margins,” Kuo said. “A major project like this certainly has an impact. How much of an impact is different for each business. Some highs, some lows.”

Kuo says a majority of the project will still be finished by November, but he says some planting and pavilion work likely won’t be done until 2015.

“Really, the goal is to get out of here and get out of their faces as fast as possible,” Kuo says.

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