West End Plaza

Ithaca, New York

The West End Plaza project was taken on in 2009 during the first semester of the MLA program at Cornell University. The goal was to convert a post-industrial waterfront site into an urban park in Ithaca, NY. Ultimately, the scope was expanded to encompass the urban renewal of the surrounding neighborhood. Strategies included the reclamation and remediation of the waterfront, development of recreational and entertainment venues, connection of adjacent neighborhoods, and the rezoning of surrounding areas to include a vibrant mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses. Features of the neighborhood include:

Theater
Draws residents and support local business

Mixed-Use Zoning
Residential, commercial, and retail will line Fulton Street.

Connections
The park links a series of waterfront trails planned by the city.

Residential
The West End Plaza project will offer favorable views for the high-end multi-story residential housing that is planned across the inlet.

Community
The open plaza and amphitheater becomes a venue for community events.

Tower
Clad in stainless steel, the 335' tall tower marks the waterfront as a destination and serves as a wayfinding device. It will act as a landmark and a catlyst for redevelopment, tourism, and commerce. Visitors will have the opportunity to dine in a unique environment high above beautiful Cayuga Lake. WIth its circular elements inspired by the railroad turntable that once occupied its footprint, the tower's use of clean lines and modern materials aims to move Ithaca's West End beyond its industrial past.

Model constructed in Sketchup. Rendered with Sketchup and Photoshop.

Existing site