Repairs and renovations to the Griffin Block building in Downtown Ithaca that includes the iconic Simeon’s restaurant are nearly done, and the City of Ithaca is narrowing the 100 block of North Aurora Street to one lane next week to allow for water hookups.
Repair work began late last summer after the building sat boarded up for over a year following the tragic truck collision that took the life of bartender Amanda Bush and shattered Simeon’s on the Commons. Earlier this month, new brick was put on the corner of the building that had to be rebuilt, new windows are being installed, and the scaffolding has finally come down. Simeon’s owners have confirmed to us that they hope to reopen the restaurant in June.
As the restaurant prepares to reopen for business, the City of Ithaca Water & Sewer Division is running new water service lines and a fire line to the building from the municipal water main, and must partially close that block of North Aurora Street while the work takes place.
Update: According to a release from the City of Ithaca’s Department of Public Works, the west lane or left lane of the 100 block of North Aurora Street will be closed to all traffic next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31st and June 1st, and the east lane or right lane will be “entirely closed” only for a short period “during our excavation operations.” Originally, the work was scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 26th and 27th, but city officials pushed the work back a few days due to anticipated graduation traffic and rainy weather forecasts.
Traffic approaching North Aurora Street while one lane is closed will need to merge into the right lane. While both lanes are closed, traffic will be detoured onto Seneca Way.
This work will come right on the heels of the 100 block of South Aurora Street being closed for water and sewer line work for the new Marriott Hotel. City officials say that work is on schedule and South Aurora Street should reopen before 3:30pm on Wednesday.