Downtown

Finger Lakes Fitness Center

Your gateway to fitness in Downtown Ithaca.

24-Hour Access Every Day, Any Time!

Fitness Evaluations | Personal Training | Yoga Classes | Group Fitness Classes

171 East State Street
Lower Level of Center Ithaca
Ithaca, NY 14850

(607) 256-3532
Info@FingerLakesFitness.com

Front Desk Hours:
Mon & Wed 9am-7pm
Tue & Thurs 9am-5pm
Fri 9am-3pm
Sat 9am-12pm

 

Membership Included with your Ithaca apartment at the following properties:

Carey Building

Center Ithaca

Gateway Commons

SIGN A LEASE AND GET A CRUISE

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Find the perfect Ithaca Apartment with Travis Hyde Properties and receive a 5 day & 4 night cruise vacation to Mexico, The Bahamas or The Western Caribbean.

For More Information Call (607) 273-1654 or send us an email at info@travishyde.com

*Upon signing a new lease, as a token of our appreciation, we'll include a cruise certificate for two. New applicants only. Terms and conditions apply. Limited-time offer.

ITHACA NAMED TOP COLLEGE TOWN IN THE COUNTRY

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If you didn’t already know that Ithaca is the best college town in the country, Livability.com just proved it. The site gave Ithaca the top spot on its 2018 list of the 10 best college towns in the country.


Ithaca earned the top spot in Livability.com's annual ranking!


Students and locals alike take pride in Ithaca and all it has to offer for all types of people. Music lovers can enjoy the rich local music scene. Food lovers can try cuisine from all parts of the globe. Nature lovers can explore more than one hundred natural gorges and Cayuga Lake.

Downtown Ithaca offers all the amenities of a big city with a small town feel. The Ithaca Commons is a great place for shopping, dining, events and more.

For its ranking, Livability.com looked at all 203 towns that have at least one college and a population between 20,000 and 350,000. They used factors like the ratio of the city’s median salary to its July 2018 median one-bedroom rent, the percentage of the population age 20 to 29, the number of jobs in the education sector per 1,000 jobs in the city, and the ratio of the median salary in the city to the nation for education jobs to rank the qualifying towns.

You can see why Ithaca also landed a spot on Livability.com's 2018 Top 100 Best Places to Live list?

Tell us why Ithaca gets your top spot in places to live in the comments. #LoveYourPlace 

Want to live in Ithaca, NY? We have an Ithaca Apartment to fit your needs. Check out our listings and see our Virtual Tours online or call (607) 273-1654.

ARTICLES - LIBRARY PLACE DEVELOPMENT

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DEMOLITION OF TOMPKINS OLD LIBRARY WILL START SOON ITHACA VOICE - OCTOBER 12, 2018

PLANS TO REDEVELOP OLD LIBRARY SITE INTO SENIOR HOUSING MOVE FORWARD ITHACA VOICE - MAY 29, 2018

OLD LIBRARY TRANSFORMATION TO SENIOR HOUSING MOVING FORWARD ITHACA JOURNAL - MAY 28, 2018

ITHACA DEVELOPMENT: TOP 10 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN AND AROUND THE CITY ITHACA JOURNAL - OCTOBER 6, 2017

TOMPKINS COUNTY SELLS OLD LIBRARY SITE FOR $925K ITHACA VOICE - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

APPROVED: LEGISLATURE OKS SALE OF OLD LIBRARY SITE ITHACA JOURNAL - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

LEGISLATURE TO DISCUSS PROPOSED OLD LIBRARY SALE ITHACA JOURNAL - AUGUST 17, 2017

AFTER PROCEDURAL HURDLES, ITHACA OLD LIBRARY, WATERFRONT PROJECTS STEAM AHEAD ITHACA VOICE - APRIL 17, 2017

LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMITTEE GIVES DEWITT HOUSE OK ITHACA JOURNAL - FEBRUARY 19, 2017

FINALLY! ITHACA OLD LIBRARY ONE STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING DEWITT HOUSE AFTER 4-3 VOTE ITHACA VOICE - FEBRUARY 14, 2017

WILL LATEST ITHACA OLD LIBRARY PLAN PASS CITY REVIEW? ITHACA VOICE - FEBRUARY 10, 2017

LATEST OLD LIBRARY PLANS CALL FOR PARTIAL RE-USE ITHACA VOICE - JANUARY 5, 2017

OLD LIBRARY SITE PROPOSALS MAY BE NEARING END ITHACA VOICE - NOVEMBER 18, 2016

OLD LIBRARY SITE DESIGN CHANGES DON'T SATISFY RESIDENTS; DEVELOPER TO TRY AGAIN  ITHACA VOICE - OCTOBER 21, 2016

ANOTHER ROUND OF CHANGES ON THE TABLE FOR ITHACA'S OLD LIBRARY SITE PROJECT ITHACA VOICE - OCTOBER 11, 2016

AN IMPOSSIBLE BUILDING? OLD LIBRARY PROJECT SENT BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ITHACA VOICE - JULY 13, 2016

TOMPKINS OLD LIBRARY SITE UPDATE INCLUDES FEWER UNITS, PARKING SPACES ITHACA VOICE - APRIL 12, 2016

CHANGES PROPOSED FOR OLD LIBRARY PROJECT ITHACA JOURNAL - APRIL 11, 2016

OLD LIBRARY PROJECT SLOWLY PROGRESSES THROUGH ITHACA CITY HALL ITHACA VOICE - MARCH 15, 2016

REFRESHER: DEVELOPMENT CONFLICT ON ITHACA'S OLD LIBRARY SITE ITHACA VOICE - JANUARY 26, 2016

WHAT WOULD $14 MIL. 'DEWITT HOUSE' IN ITHACA LOOK LIKE? ITHACA VOICE - AUGUST 21, 2015

AFTER MONTHS OF DEBATE, COUNTY BREAKS DEADLOCK ON ITHACA DEVELOPMENT ITHACA VOICE - AUGUST 4, 2015

TOMPKINS COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS LIBRARY PLAN ITHACA JOURNAL - JUNE 9, 2015

OLD TOMPKINS COUNTY LIBRARY REDEVELOPMENT - PRESS RELEASE

May 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Frost Travis - ftravis@travishyde.com
Elizabeth Ambrose - eclassen@bridgescornellheights.com

Two Local Businesses Partner to Develop Active Senior Housing Downtown 

ITHACA, NY: Travis Hyde Properties and Bridges Cornell Heights have formed a partnership to develop an active senior residence on the site of the former Tompkins County library. 

Travis Hyde Properties, led by Frost Travis and Chris Hyde, is a local developer of housing and commercial projects in Ithaca. Bridges Cornell Heights is a pioneering senior living provider founded by Elizabeth Classen Ambrose.  The new residences will blend the Travis Hyde Properties expertise in property development with the Bridges Cornell Heights innovative approach to senior living.  

Sixty-seven units will be included in the project, situated at the corner of Cayuga and Court Streets. One-, two- and three-bedroom options will be available.  Amenities will include a restaurant, à la carte home health services from an on-site agency, community room, courtyard gardens, workout facilities, warming pool, and parking. The new partners will also be working with neighboring LifeLong, to provide on-site activities and programs.

Active senior housing is an underserved housing market segment in downtown Ithaca. Bringing together older adults for a downtown lifestyle will bring benefits to the community, as well as to the residents.  “The one fountain of youth that exists in our world today is social connection,” said Elizabeth Classen Ambrose, proprietor, Bridges Cornell Heights. “We know we feel happy when we are with friends, but research has proven that increasing social bonds lowers blood pressure, improves immune response and actually extends life expectancy.” 

With Dewitt Park across the street and the Commons two blocks away, the new housing is in the sweet spot of Ithaca’s downtown attractions. “The walkability score for the Dewitt Park west side is 96%,” said Frost Travis. “It is convenient to Ithaca’s best retail and restaurant options, as well as festivals and events. It’s special to have this downtown access while still enjoying a residential neighborhood.”

Designs by HOLT Architects are being finalized, and feature a 4-story building surrounding a courtyard garden at the southeast corner of the property. Parking will be below ground and amenities will be ground level.

“We are proud to be working with Elizabeth and the Bridges team on this unique downtown living space,” quoted Chris Hyde. “This is going to be the perfect place for the couple who is ready to downsize and get rid of the lawnmower.  I know I would like to do that.” 

Partnership Profile

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Travis Hyde Properties, a family-owned business, has been operating in Ithaca as a property manager and developer since 1977.  Travis Hyde Properties has 38 employees and owns and manages 900,000 square footage of property.

The Travis Hyde Properties portfolio includes residential, commercial, retail, medical professional, storage and light industrial spaces over 19 properties in Ithaca and Binghamton.  Iconic properties in the portfolio include Center Ithaca, Eddygate, Clinton House, Carey Building, Gateway, and the River House in Binghamton. 

Principals Frost Travis and Chris Hyde are working with HOLT Architects to finalize the best design for the former Tompkins County Library site.  “We knew there was an unmet need for active senior housing downtown,” says Frost Travis. “We wanted to build in amenities that an older adult population would enjoy. We were thinking: on-site dining choices, green spaces, programs and activities.  And when we decided to make concierge wellness services part of the package, we knew we wanted Elizabeth and her team from Bridges Cornell Heights to develop the program.”

Bridges Cornell Heights operates several licensed enhanced assisted living residences in Ithaca, New York.  Founded in 1989, Bridges Cornell Heights employs 50 workers. Bridges Cornell Heights served as the prototype for the development of NYS Enhanced Assisted Living Residence Licensure and has been recognized for sensitive development in a historic district by Ithaca’s Rotary Club and Historic Ithaca.

Principal Elizabeth Classen Ambrose has innovated in the area of senior living by concentrating on the intersect between hospitality and healthcare. With an exceptional resident to staff ratio of 4-to-1 (which far exceeds the industry standard staffing ratio of 9-to-1), the Bridges Cornell Heights focus is on extremely high level of service. 

“When we started talking about partnering for an active senior living space downtown, it was obvious that our skills would fit together for this project,” Elizabeth says. “Also, both of our businesses are continuously studying the Ithaca market, even if it comes from different angles. Both of our businesses rely on integrity and service.” She adds that the Ambrose, Travis, and Hyde families all have been friends for more than a decade.

The partnership agreement was formed in November of 2017 and is a Limited Liability structure.