The Village of Lansing Hall was filled to capacity Monday as Trustees considered whether or not to begin a process that may change the zoning of a parcel on Bomax Road from a Business and technology district to High Density Residential zoning. Over 50 residents crowded into the meeting room, and nearly 20 addressed the board, most in opposition to rezoning the property that is near their neighborhoods.
The proposal was prompted by a proposed 140-apartment project that Park Grove Realty, LLC has proposed for the property that is between residential neighborhoods developed by the late Ivar Jonson and his wife Janet (IJ Construction of Ithaca) and the business/technology zone that includes the Cornell Business and technology Park by the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. "If this was in your neighborhood, how would you feel?" demanded Lisa Bonniwell, Ivar and Janet's daughter. "If you just bought a beautiful home and now they're considering putting an apartment complex a half mile away? It is personal. It's personal to each and everyone here. That's why we are here, because this is something that should not happen."