Collegetown apartment buildings almost, but not quite, ready

Students are pouring back into Ithaca, and two major new apartment buildings in Collegetown aren’t quite ready for residents.

We’re hearing from a resident that the Dryden South building, at 205 Dryden Road, is almost finished and residents were allowed to move in starting Thursday night, after having been promised a Thursday opening. City officials issued a temporary certificate of occupancy saying the building has no safety issues. The developer says minor tasks like trim and painting remain.

One tenant who asked not to be named said a few touch-ups were pending, but “common areas like the gym are not even started.” The landlord has not offered a rent discount to make up for the absence of promised amenities.

Dryden Eddy Apartments wont be ready for tenants to move in this weekend as scheduled. 14850 Photo.

Dryden Eddy Apartments wont be ready for tenants to move in this weekend as scheduled. 14850 Photo.

Residents at the Dryden Eddy Apartments, built on the uppermost block of Eddy Street facing down the Buffalo Street hill, can’t move in yet. They’ve been given a tentative move-in date of August 26, but that’s dependent on a city inspection scheduled for next week.

Developer Steve Fontana has reportedly told tenants that he’ll pay for a hotel room for them at the Trip Hotel in nearby Lansing, or if they can stay elsewhere for now, he’ll give them a $30 a day credit towards next month’s rent.

Dryden South is on the block where Kraftees and the Royal Palm Tavern were, and Dryden Eddy Apartments replaced the Club Sudz laundromat and Pixel Lounge buildings.

Construction contracts often have steep penalty clauses in the event contractors don’t meet a strict deadline such as, for example, the start of a semester when students will need to move in.

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