Tompkins Co. Legislature Approves Purchase of Future Site for Downtown Offices

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TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY --The Tompkins County Legislature has approved the purchase of two downtown Ithaca properties. 

The two adjacent properties are on the 300 block of North Tioga Street, and are known as the Key Bank Building and the Ithaca Professional Building.

The plan is for these sites to serve as the eventual location of a downtown Ithaca - County Governmental Office Building.


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