ITHACA, N.Y. — Going into Tuesday night’s meeting about the Old Library, there were a lot of check boxes planners had to mark off to give the proposed Dewitt House project even a fighting chance at surviving — and yet after a vote of 4-3, the project is one step closer to fruition.

Among those check boxes were adequate parking, compatibility within the Dewitt Park Historic District, using some of the original building of the Old Library, maintaining trees along the walkway and — most importantly — the size of the building.

The newest design for the 58-unit Dewitt House, which will provide the city with middle-income housing for seniors, is the eighth one produced by developer Travis Hyde Properties. The county awarded the company preferential development rights a year and a half ago.

For a full list of the latest changes in the project, click here.

But despite the company’s efforts, there was a stark divide between people who supported the project and those who didn’t — 27 people were in opposition and 30 people were favor of it.

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Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.