210 Hancock- Abandoned Grocery Store Turned into Affordable Housing

Market: Residential - Multifamily
Type: Affordable Housing
Location: Ithaca , NY
Developer/Owner: Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Architect: HOLT Architects
Building Size: 63, 393 sf, 54 apartments & 12 attached town homes
Certifications: ENERGY STAR® Homes v3, LEED for Homes™ Gold, Enterprise Green Communities

Project Background:

Formally an abandoned grocery store and parking lot spanning an entire city block, the 210 Hancock Street project received diverse municipal funding to construct affordable housing units, in addition to commercial spaces including a daycare program for lower income families. Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) engaged the community in a participatory visioning and master planning process structured around four meetings that culminated in this unique development plan. The property site is within 2 miles of Cornell’s campus and walking distance to the Science Center and Farmer’s Market.

Project Services:

Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) consulted on the design and construction of the project to implement energy efficient measures and optimize building performance. We conducted Energy Modeling, Field Verification, and Incentive Support.

Primary Energy Conservation Measures:

  • The solar array on the roof will generate an estimated 84,727 KWh/year in renewable electricity.
  •  Due to the sustainable construction and walkable location, 210 Hancock will save an estimated 10,754 therms/year of natural gas, and 217,364 KWh/year in grid electricity compared to code, and will reduce vehicle miles traveled per year by an estimated 6,000 miles.
  • The 210 Hancock Street project received certification under the U.S. EPA’s ENEGY STAR® Homes program, and a Gold Rating under the United States Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes™ standard. The project also received support from the Enterprise Green Communities® program and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Cleaner Greener initiative.

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