We the undersigned are concerned about a sustainable community in Ithaca New York.

We understand Cornell University previously chose EdR, a large out of state real estate developer, to construct and manage a new student housing complex known as the “Maplewood Apartments.”

We understand Cornell University failed to require that EdR utilize local construction workers, companies, and vendors.

We understand EdR and its out of town contractors had several problems during the construction process including: OSHA safety fines, multiple inspection failures, and New York State Department of Labor investigations.

We understand EdR failed to meet construction deadlines, resulting in approximately 100+ students having to start the school year in a hotel instead of the Maplewood Apartments.

Cornell University and EdR’s failures on the Maplewood Project have resulted in a nuisance for students and the community at large.  By turning their backs on local workers, venders and construction companies, Cornell University and EdR have NOT contributed to a sustainable community for Ithaca, NY.

As a Petitioner, I ask that Cornell University, on any future student housing project, require the construction be performed by local skilled trade’s workers, companies, and vendors.