downtown Syracuse http://wrvo.org en Schumer says Whole Foods considering downtown Syracuse location http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-says-whole-foods-considering-downtown-syracuse-location <p>Less than two weeks ago, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) vowed to help attract a grocery store to Syracuse’s Armory Square neighborhood. Monday, he announced that the trendy organic grocer Whole Foods has returned his call.<br /><br />“They are interested in Armory Square. And they are going to visit -- myself, the mayor and representatives of Whole Foods -- in the fall,” said the senator.<br /><br />Schumer says one thing that has grabbed Whole Foods attention is that the only other store in upstate New York, in Albany, has exceeded its sales projections.<br /> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:07:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58872 at http://wrvo.org City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain http://wrvo.org/post/city-seizes-hotel-syracuse-through-eminent-domain <p></p><p>The City of Syracuse has used legal channels to take control of the Hotel Syracuse after several efforts to redevelop the historic downtown lodging site have failed.</p><p>Syracuse and its economic development arm, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, transferred title of the property to the site's developer, Ed Riley.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:56:41 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58326 at http://wrvo.org City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-puts-out-call-downtown-syracuse-supermarket <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the number of people living downtown continues to grow, so does the need for a grocery store in the neighborhood. Sen. Charles </span>Schumer, D-N.Y.,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he can help lure one to the central business district.</span></p><p>Schumer says the heads of major chains will listen to him. He's reaching out to a number of chains, like Tops and Whole Foods, to try to convince them to locate downtown.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:27:48 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58298 at http://wrvo.org Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket Downtown Syracuse's boom is led by residential development http://wrvo.org/post/downtown-syracuses-boom-led-residential-development <p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57563 at http://wrvo.org Downtown Syracuse's boom is led by residential development 'Busting at the seams,' Syracuse Co-op eyes downtown expansion http://wrvo.org/post/busting-seams-syracuse-co-op-eyes-downtown-expansion <p></p><p>Downtown Syracuse could gain a grocery store in the near future, thanks to a market from a different part of town.</p><p>The Syracuse Real Food Co-op has been a fixture of the University area neighborhood for four decades. And business has been good.</p><p>"We do way higher, like four-times, the industry standard for sales-per-square feet. We are literally busting at the seams," said Syracuse Real Food Co-Op General Manager Jeremy DeChario.</p><p>Their small space makes growing any more nearly impossible, he said, but the grocery store has set its sights on downtown.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:47:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55380 at http://wrvo.org 'Busting at the seams,' Syracuse Co-op eyes downtown expansion New Syracuse sports stadium is still possible http://wrvo.org/post/new-syracuse-sports-stadium-still-possible <p></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:11:55 +0000 Ellen Abbott 55164 at http://wrvo.org New Syracuse sports stadium is still possible Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go http://wrvo.org/post/where-interstate-81-tunnel-through-syracuse-could-go <p></p><p>A tunnel to replace Interstate 81's current elevated path through downtown Syracuse could take four possible routes through the city.</p><p>The New York Department of Transportation revealed tunnel options ahead of a meeting to explain all 16 possible variations of a new Interstate 81 in Syracuse.&nbsp;</p><p>Interstate 81 runs from the Canadian border in the north to the Pennsylvania border in the south. The 50-year-old highway carries thousands of cars each day through Syracuse.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:31:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55087 at http://wrvo.org Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go Sacred places symposium draws attention to churches impact on Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/sacred-places-symposium-draws-attention-churches-impact-syracuse <p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:38:49 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 47428 at http://wrvo.org Sacred places symposium draws attention to churches impact on Syracuse Scoping sessions highlight I-81's possible future http://wrvo.org/post/scoping-sessions-highlight-i-81s-possible-future <p></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:14:40 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47145 at http://wrvo.org Scoping sessions highlight I-81's possible future Schumer calls for safer railcars to transport oil, ethanol http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-safer-railcars-transport-oil-ethanol <p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:09:49 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 42602 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for safer railcars to transport oil, ethanol Red Cross chapter moves into new Syracuse offices http://wrvo.org/post/red-cross-chapter-moves-new-syracuse-offices <p>The large windows that now face out onto the 300 block of West Genesee Street in the early 1900's used to display expensive roadsters made by the Chalmers Motor Car Company in Syracuse. They now are part of the new offices of the Red Cross of Central New York.</p><p>That sense of history attracted the charity to the location when they needed a more practical office space than the former one at Herald Place.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:57:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42404 at http://wrvo.org Red Cross chapter moves into new Syracuse offices Lawmakers block vote on Connective Corridor maintenance http://wrvo.org/post/lawmakers-block-vote-connective-corridor-maintenance <p><span style="font-size:14px">Concerns over tax increases for businesses along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse have derailed plans to keep the new infrastructure maintained.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px">When it was time to vote on creating a new Special Assessment District for the businesses on the eastern end of the Connective Corridor, Councilor Lance Denno tabled the resolution, essentially blocking a vote at today's meeting. He says some businesses would see their city tax bill double if this new district is created.</span></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:14:06 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39311 at http://wrvo.org Lawmakers block vote on Connective Corridor maintenance Deal announced to keep The Sound Garden in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/deal-announced-keep-sound-garden-syracuse <p>It looks like The Sound Garden, a popular new and used music and videogame store in downtown Syracuse, will be staying put after all.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px">Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Friday afternoon announced a deal has been reached on proposed legislation that would exempt games, videos and music from the provisions of the city's new secondhand dealer law. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:14px">Those provisions had forced the owner of the store to make plans to close down the Armory Square fixture. The Sound Garden has a second location in Baltimore, Md.</span></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:24:42 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39181 at http://wrvo.org Deal announced to keep The Sound Garden in Syracuse Mayor Miner wants Hotel Syracuse redeveloped - one way or another http://wrvo.org/post/mayor-miner-wants-hotel-syracuse-redeveloped-one-way-or-another <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city isn't giving up on the latest proposal to renovate the Hotel Syracuse. A plan for the city to take over the tax delinquent property stalled last week when, Financitech, which holds the mortgage on the hotel, paid back taxes at the last minute. Fri, 17 May 2013 20:18:16 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38035 at http://wrvo.org Popular Syracuse ice cream shop sets up permanent shop downtown http://wrvo.org/post/popular-syracuse-ice-cream-shop-sets-permanent-shop-downtown <p>An ice cream icon in Syracuse has become the latest business to join in the revitalization of downtown Syracuse. Gannon's Isle has opened up a permanent store in the Dey's building, on the corner of South Salina and Jefferson Streets. Tue, 14 May 2013 19:51:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 37786 at http://wrvo.org Popular Syracuse ice cream shop sets up permanent shop downtown A new plan to bring back the Hotel Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/new-plan-bring-back-hotel-syracuse <p>Sen. Charles Schumer is bringing his influence to the latest plan to revive the Hotel Syracuse.&nbsp; The Democrat senator believes a federal tax credit program would help draw investors that would be willing to spend the millions it would take to restore the Warren Street historic landmark. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34982 at http://wrvo.org A new plan to bring back the Hotel Syracuse Syracuse will seize troubled, vacant landmark property http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-will-seize-troubled-vacant-landmark-property <p>Syracuse will formally commence the foreclosure process on a long vacant downtown church, aiming to turn the historic building into another part of a downtown residential boom. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:51:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 34243 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse will seize troubled, vacant landmark property Potential buyer wants to turn Mizpah Tower into luxury apartments http://wrvo.org/post/potential-buyer-wants-turn-mizpah-tower-luxury-apartments <p><em><strong>CORRECTION March 4: Current Mizpah Tower owner Syracuse Bangkok, LLC. is $115,646.31 delinquent on taxes, according to the Onondaga County property tax database.</strong></em></p><p>A potential new owner of the long-vacant Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse is hoping to satisfy a certain kind of rental market.&nbsp; Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:55:30 +0000 Ellen Abbott & Ryan Delaney 33997 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's effort to connect The Hill to downtown continues http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-effort-connect-hill-downtown-continues <p>Red modern-looking street lamps, bright green bike lanes and smoothly paved roadways now stretch from Syracuse University to the edge of the city's downtown. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:11:50 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32284 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's effort to connect The Hill to downtown continues Syracuse's Mizpah Tower may have a new buyer http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-mizpah-tower-may-have-new-buyer <p>A long-closed historic downtown Syracuse building may have a new buyer, as someone has triggered the foreclosure process on the Mizpah Tower. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:15:16 +0000 Ryan Delaney 31514 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's Mizpah Tower may have a new buyer Following the people, more stores call downtown Syracuse home http://wrvo.org/post/following-people-more-stores-call-downtown-syracuse-home <p>Empty storefronts used to be a common site in downtown Syracuse, but now more are being leased out thanks in part to a growing demand from people to live in the city's urban center. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 13:44:01 +0000 Ryan Delaney 27069 at http://wrvo.org Following the people, more stores call downtown Syracuse home New CENTRO Transfer Center ready to open http://wrvo.org/post/new-centro-transfer-center-ready-open <p>On September 4, the face of downtown Syracuse will change, as the long awaited CENTRO Transfer Center will open.<br> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:02:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25005 at http://wrvo.org A City Faces Its 'Berlin Wall': An Interstate Highway http://wrvo.org/post/city-faces-its-berlin-wall-interstate-highway Interstate 81 runs through the heart of Syracuse, N.Y., where a 1.4-mile-long elevated stretch of the highway is known locally as "the viaduct." Like many road projects built in the middle of the last century, I-81 is bumping up against the end of its life span. While officials say it's still safe to drive on, the highway is crumbling in parts.<p>Now, the region is starting to think about what Syracuse might look like without the viaduct, which both speeds traffic through the city and divides the community along economic and racial lines. Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:15:44 +0000 Zack Seward, WXXI 23086 at http://wrvo.org A City Faces Its 'Berlin Wall': An Interstate Highway Backhoe clears way for downtown Syracuse's Pike Block project http://wrvo.org/post/backhoe-clears-way-downtown-syracuses-pike-block-project <p>With the shove of a backhoe, work on a large downtown Syracuse renovation project took a step forward.</p><p>Construction crews yesterday began demolition work on part of the Bond Building on South Salina Street. The Bond Building is one of four being renovated by V.I.P. Structures for a project now being called the Pike Block, which encompasses the southwest corner of South Salina and Fayette Streets. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:27:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22296 at http://wrvo.org Backhoe clears way for downtown Syracuse's Pike Block project More improvement predicted for downtown Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/more-improvement-predicted-downtown-syracuse <p>Downtown Syracuse is benefiting from an increase in investments and an uptick in <a href="http://www.wrvo.fm/post/walkability-new-apartments-draw-residents-downtown-syracuse" target="_blank">young people wanting to live in urban settings</a>, according to the Downtown Committee.</p><p>The Downtown Committee, a booster organization for the city&#39;s urban core, held its annual meeting Thursday to highlight <a href="http://www.wrvo.fm/post/downtown-syracuse-goes-retail-residential">several recent and about-to-begin projects</a> in the city.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 21:09:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 21738 at http://wrvo.org More improvement predicted for downtown Syracuse Seniors are hopeful for a new downtown center http://wrvo.org/post/seniors-are-hopeful-new-downtown-center <p>Some seniors are optimistic that a new senior center will rise in downtown Syracuse to replace the Ida Benderson Center that closed last fall due to budget cuts.</p><p>They&#39;re taking time to thank those who have helped them so far. Specifically, by serenading Syracuse common councilors.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 13:50:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 19667 at http://wrvo.org Seniors are hopeful for a new downtown center