Chain Works District 


Whitham Planning & Design coordinated the initial design team, public outreach, and preliminary municipal reviews for the Chain Works District. WPD prepared the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement and draft Joint Planned Development Zone / Planned Unit Development for this City of Ithaca / Town of Ithaca project. This 1.7 million square-foot mixed-use redevelopment aims to transform 821,200 square feet of vacant former industrial space on a 95-acre parcel into a revitalized mixed-use “live, work, play” district in Ithaca, NY., and redevelops the former Emerson Power Transmission plant to include apartments, office space, a small business incubator and flex space; gardens and park space, and areas devoted to manufacturing.

Whitham Planning and Design worked with Harter, Secrest, and Emery; Chaintreuil, Jensen, and Stark Architects; Austin + Mergold; Fagen Engineers and Land Surveyors; Stream Collaborative; La Bella P.C.; SRF & Associates; Randall+West; Johnson-Schmidt & Associates ArchitectsBrous Consulting; and D.I.R.T studios on this project.

Role: Project Coordination, Public Outreach, Planning and Zoning, DGEIS Preparation, Landscape Architecture Design Consultant

Key Personnel: Scott Whitham, Catherine De Almeida