“It enables participation, not just by those who have money but by those who don’t have money, and that’s one of the critical things,” Schoeps said. “It’s not just about a portion of the population, it opens up the possibility for someone who is a lower-income homeowner to be able to say, ‘Gee, I can actually participate as well,’ and I think that’s an important aspect of the whole thing.”
As Thanksgiving approaches, the team has several major aspects of the bridge they are looking to complete, Lockwood said. The biggest of which is the setting of the beams of the bridge, which the team plans to place on Nov. 22, 2021. From there, the team can begin pouring the deck of the bridge, bringing it closer to completion and becoming driveable.
But going back to Oolie's point regarding solar panels and their success in Germany, solar energy developer, Nexamp, proposed to build a solar facility in Ithaca. Ryan McCune, the company's business development manager said that a 25 acre solar plant could help, but not fully, meet the energy demands that the City currently has. However, no word or update has been released yet regarding if the solar plant will be approved and if it will come to fruition as the decarbonization plan encompasses more buildings than the develop initially proposed.