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Location DB > United States > New York > Ithaca > Ithaca Gun Factory
Ithaca Gun Factory
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created by Elshar on 4/26/2005 5:55 AM
last modified by everybodyknows on 1/18/2012 11:38 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
The site consists of a large main factory building, with three smaller buildings, a trench for diverting water and several shack-like rooms situated around the area. The whole place is perched atop a cliff of a nearby gorge, making quite the view.

Most of the chemical contaimination was in the soil near the place and was removed in recent years via efforts by the EPA and NYSDEC. the EPA did air tests and found nothing of danger in the air.

EDIT: as of 2006 this last statement does not hold true. lead and arsenic were found in high levels in areas adjacent to the building and lead has been confirmed to be present in some of the dirt floors. the remediation that took place from 2002-2004 was ineffective as only portions of the property were cleaned up. more recently (2008), trichloroethylene (TCE) and trichloroethane (TCA) were found in amounts much higher than those considered safe for exposure.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

Ithaca, New York
United States
Owner: City of Ithaca
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • lead/lead dust, barium, Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Trichloroethane (TCA)
  •  Interesting Features
    An old abandoned factory and a fabulous view.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • Construction crew. Also located next to a relatively busy road and next to a parking lot for the residences across the street. There's also a frat house uphill from it that you can be seen from if you're in the more open areas.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1883
    Closed: 1986
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Ithaca Gun first opened in 1880, on what is now known as gun hill, in Ithaca, New York. The gun manufacturer produced high end, hand assembled and crafted guns, making everything from pistols to center and rimfire rifles to muzzleloaders to shotguns. Over it's long history, Ithaca Gun absorbed a number of other gun manufacturers, including Lefever and Syracuse Arms. The company was also the sole importer of Perazzi guns in the U.S. in the 1970s, and distributed SKB and Fabarm guns. The company filed for bankruptcy four times since the early 1970s, with total liquidations in 1986 and 1996. This particular factory was abandoned over 20 years ago, although it seems to have bean closed and reopened several times before its final closure. The last inspection on some electrical boxes dates to 1973. In 2003 a cleanup was finally finished to decontaminate the area from thousands of lead shots that had bean strewn about the premises since the factory was in operation, poisoning the nearby inhabitants and waterbodies.
     Media Coverage


    February 28, 2008: http://www.theitha...S01/802280338/1002

    September 24, 2008:
     Future Plans
    The location has been the debate of the city council for several years, with the latest plan being a housing development. A sign on the factory stated that there was a hearing in late 2004 about the area, but I have bean unable to find the outcome.

    * Demolition of the factory is scheduled to begin in late June or early July, and, if all goes according to plan, the new condos could be available for purchase sometime between late-2009 and mid-2010, developer Frost Travis said.
    source: http://www.theitha...0331/-1/NEWSFRONT2

    September 30th 2008 EDIT: An article in the Ithaca Journal on the 24th outlined the plans for asbestos removal which could begin as soon as October 1st. Unfortunately the text box that had a fairly complete outline in the print version of the Ithaca Journal is not included in the online article. The outline as far as I can remember was for asbestos removal to possibly begin October 1st, asbestos removal going on for 3-6 weeks, then demolition to begin in 7 weeks. There are still unresolved issues regarding asbestos removal and differences between the CAG's interests and the developer's interests.

    October 2nd 2008: It appears that asbestos removal has begun, several construction trailors are now sitting in the Gun Hill Apartments' parking lot behind newly erected fences, and a large truck was seen backing into the property on October 1st.

    Epilogue (2012): Demolition began in February 2009 and has since been completed. The demolition and subsequent cleanup went far over budget and the condos that were planned to be constructed on the site in late 2009 or early 2010 have not begun construction at all. The condo plans may have been abandoned entirely. Currently, the former Ithaca Gun Factory site sits as an empty lot and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
    Trip #2
    Thu, May 5th, 2005
    posted by Elshar

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    Trip #1
    Tue, Apr 26th, 2005
    posted by Elshar
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    Trip #2
    Thu, May 5th, 2005
    posted by Elshar
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    Mr. Skelly goes to Ithaca
    Sun, Aug 14th, 2005
    posted by Agent Skelly
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    ithaca gun recent
    Sun, Sep 9th, 2007
    posted by vic_vr6
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    4/20/2008 trip
    Sun, Apr 20th, 2008
    posted by everybodyknows
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    Short Trip (9/14/08)
    Sun, Sep 14th, 2008
    posted by everybodyknows
    10 pictures
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    Demolition (Feb. 2009-???)
    Wed, Mar 18th, 2009
    posted by everybodyknows
    9 pictures

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    About the lead refining process:

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 1/19/2012 11:25 AM.

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  • on Jan 19 12 at 11:25, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jan 18 12 at 23:38, everybodyknows changed the following: Future Plans
  • on May 6 09 at 3:43, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 6 09 at 3:11, dynastar666 changed the following: Status, Recommendation
  • on Mar 19 09 at 2:12, Steed validated this location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.ITHACA GUN FACTORYTHWN2077911/28/2005 2:57 AM by THWN2
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