But David Huckle '79, commercial leasing and marketing manager of the Ithaca Renting Company, said that although the space may have appeared to be vacant before it was renovated to become the Green Café, it actually had a tenant.
"We had a lease in place with a local bank, which had an ATM at the property and used it for storage and meetings," Huckle
Huckle said the 4,700-square foot commercial space has not been rented since Green Café -?which closed in February 2010 after its owner filed for bankruptcy - left because it is a "specialized" building.
Green Cafe was also fined $1 million for labor violations later that year.
"We have been actively looking at any and all opportunities to get the right operators for that property," Huckle
Such an operator would have "experience in their particular field, whether it be hospitality or retail; a proven track record; and the financial wherewithal to take on a property of that size and setup," he
Observers, however, speculate that the rent for the space is simply too high.
denied that expensive rent is a factor in the space's continued vacancy.
"Quite frankly, if you were to look at the rents in Collegetown, without getting specific, I can tell you that we're in line with what other larger stores are paying," he
said the Ithaca Renting Company
is not focused on expanding the building past a single story.
"Our primary focus has to be on renting the existing 4,700 square feet store," he
, rather than focusing on the vacancy of 330 College Ave., emphasized the successes of the Ithaca Renting Company
, including the fact that it has rented four other spaces nearby within the past five months.
"The only property that we have that is vacant in Collegetown is 330 College Ave.," he