The Ithaca Journal, April 25, 2013

‘Pocket’ neighborhood opens for viewing in Ithaca

Open house on successive weekends for Aurora Street micro-development


ITHACA— After several years of planning, a small housing complex, described as an urban ecovillage promoting reduced-impact living, is nearing completion and is ready for a more conventional event: an open house.

New Earth Living, the organization behind the Aurora Pocket Neighborhood, is hosting tours of the village from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and again May 4. The address is 519-523 Aurora St., at Marshall Street in Ithaca’s Fall Creek neighborhood.

The houses, two at 1,350 square feet and another at 1,550 square feet, are on a formerly vacant lot next to an existing, larger house.

They are built using proprietary techniques and extreme insulation so that little added heating is needed. Susan Cosentini, the carpenter and contractor who started the project, said the houses have Mitsubishi heat pumps that extract heat from the air, like reverse air conditioning — though they do that, too, in hot weather.

The houses have been sold, and the open houses will offer a chance for the public to see them before they’re occupied.

Meanwhile, New Earth Living is working on its next village similar in scope, but larger.

A prospective site has been found, and ideas are being sought on New Earth Living’s website.

See the article here.