development http://wrvo.org en In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision http://wrvo.org/post/projects-big-and-small-watertown-s-downtown-reviving-some-say-city-government-lacks-vision <p></p><p>As with many small cities, Watertown’s downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, a handful of big projects are reviving the historical structures at the center of town, and some new small businesses are thriving. But some say the city could be doing more to encourage growth.</span></p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:49:18 +0000 Joanna Richards 52268 at http://wrvo.org In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision Details of Onondaga Lakeshore redevelopment will be released today http://wrvo.org/post/details-onondaga-lakeshore-redevelopment-will-be-released-today <p>Central New York should soon have answers about a mystery redevelopment project on the western shore of Onondaga Lake. In his budget released last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed spending $30 million of state money on an economic development project in Onondaga County. He’s expected to outline those details during a visit to Onondaga County Wednesday.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:49:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 50569 at http://wrvo.org Details of Onondaga Lakeshore redevelopment will be released today Syracuse takes "first step" toward seizing old Hotel Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-takes-first-step-toward-seizing-old-hotel-syracuse <p></p><p>Syracuse economic development officials have taken “the first step” toward taking ownership of the old Hotel Syracuse so it can be re-opened, in hopes this will be the last winter it sits dormant.</p><p>The construction that will re-open the shuttered building is still months away, though, as bureaucracy has to work its course first.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:21:35 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48702 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse takes "first step" toward seizing old Hotel Syracuse SU bookstore project will meet deadline to keep tax break http://wrvo.org/post/su-bookstore-project-will-meet-deadline-keep-tax-break <p></p><p>The developer behind a new bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University will meet its construction deadline and get to keep tax breaks from the city.</p><p>Tom Valenti of the Cameron Group says they’ll break ground this week on the facility, which will be located just off of SU’s campus. They had until Friday to do so or lose the <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-oks-30-year-tax-break-university-bookstore" target="_blank">30-year property tax break it won</a> from the city in August 2012.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:11:23 +0000 Ryan Delaney 48695 at http://wrvo.org SU bookstore project will meet deadline to keep tax break Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building http://wrvo.org/post/work-begins-watertowns-woolworth-building <div><div style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"><p></p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Work has begun to revive a long-vacant eyesore at the center of downtown Watertown.</span></div> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 03:11:03 +0000 Joanna Richards 48156 at http://wrvo.org Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building SU bookstore project risks losing its controversial tax break http://wrvo.org/post/su-bookstore-project-risks-losing-its-controversial-tax-break <p></p><p>The construction of a new college bookstore on the Syracuse University Hill is in danger of losing its tax break if construction doesn’t start in the next month.</p><p>The university and the developer it selected, Cameron Group, won over Syracuse’s city council and industrial development agency (SIDA) for approval of the deal in August 2012.</p><p>But since shovels still haven’t broken ground on the project a year later, the city’s economic development agency this week voted the project in default of its contract. The developer has another 30 days to begin work.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:46:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 47447 at http://wrvo.org SU bookstore project risks losing its controversial tax break An “exciting time” in Clayton as hotel, other projects underway http://wrvo.org/post/exciting-time-clayton-hotel-other-projects-underway <p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;">It's a busy time in the town of Clayton. New businesses, infrastructure and public amenities hold the promise of more tourism, a stronger economy, and a better quality of life for locals.</p><p style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; line-height: normal;"> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:00:28 +0000 Joanna Richards 46490 at http://wrvo.org An “exciting time” in Clayton as hotel, other projects underway LEED program trying to change the course of building design http://wrvo.org/post/leed-program-trying-change-course-building-design <p>More and more buildings are making the push to become LEED certified, a voluntary system that rates the environmental sustainability of projects. But what is LEED and how is it used to determine how green a building is?<br /> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 45336 at http://wrvo.org LEED program trying to change the course of building design State's land banks to get funds to help redevelop abandoned properties http://wrvo.org/post/states-land-banks-get-funds-help-redevelop-abandoned-properties <p>New York state will use some of the money from last year's settlement with banks which contributed to the collapse of the housing market to help fund the state's "land banks," entities that buy and hold abandoned properties for redevelopment.<br><br>New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that a pot of $20 million will be divided up between the state's land banks for later development. Syracuse resident Hadee Rolon hopes it can help her Westside neighborhood, where well-kept properties are surrounded by boarded-up homes.<br> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:23:57 +0000 Ellen Abbott 40201 at http://wrvo.org Environmental review of Inner Harbor project underway http://wrvo.org/post/environmental-review-inner-harbor-project-underway <p>Syracuse City Hall is taking the next step in the development of the Inner Harbor. The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency has started the environmental review portion of the project, that would bring residential and commercial traffic to Syracuse's Inner Harbor.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:16:47 +0000 Ellen Abbott 40030 at http://wrvo.org Environmental review of Inner Harbor project underway Syracuse agency hopes change in rules means more business for regional contractors http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-agency-hopes-change-rules-means-more-business-regional-contractors <p>Local contractors and suppliers will get a boost from a new policy in the city of Syracuse.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency has adopted new rules when it comes to developers who are supported by the agency. They have to buy local, so to speak, says SIDA executive director Ben Walsh.<br> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:07:03 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39808 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse agency hopes change in rules means more business for regional contractors Westside neighborhood looks for comeback http://wrvo.org/post/westside-neighborhood-looks-comeback <p>A neighborhood in Syracuse's Westside is trying to make a comeback. One of the first steps is constructing three new homes that are replacing burned out apartment buildings that had been owned by absentee landlords.<br><br>Park Avenue is situated a block away from West Genesee Street on the city's west side. The three new homes in the 800 block are across the street from a city park and Frazer Middle School is down the street. First time home buyer Jean Claude Ndizeye and his family of five have been dreaming of this day for a while.<br> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:31:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39092 at http://wrvo.org Westside neighborhood looks for comeback Syracuse & Onondaga County combine planning offices http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-onondaga-county-combine-planning-offices <p>Onondaga County lawmakers have taken the first step towards creating a new joint city of Syracuse-county planning agency. Current city and county offices that both have planning duties will be combined into one.<br><br>Legislator Kathleen Rapp says the consolidation of the two planning departments will streamline the current planning process, easing the regulatory burden for businesses that deal with zoning issues. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38985 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options http://wrvo.org/post/farming-or-high-tech-park-one-community-weighs-options <p>The quiet western New York farming community of Alabama sits among acres of farm and wetland. It’s also the site chosen for a new Science Technology and Manufacturing Park, known as STAMP. The high-tech park has also been the subject of some public scrutiny, as Genesee county rates highly amongst top agricultural producers in the state. The project is also an example of when the values of agricultural communities are starting to rub up against an upstate development agenda focused around high-tech manufacturing.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 13:01:33 +0000 Ashley Hirtzel 38501 at http://wrvo.org Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options 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 Developers stress urgency in revival of Watertown Woolworth building http://wrvo.org/post/developers-stress-urgency-revival-watertown-woolworth-building <p>After founding his first stores elsewhere, Jefferson County’s Frank Winfield Woolworth bought the building in Watertown where he got his start in the dry goods business, intending to raze it and build one of his own stores. Woolworth died before he could see it, but his company realized his plan and the building’s a central part of the early history of the five-and-dime chain. After years of vacancy, two developers have plans to revive the landmark.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:38:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 35869 at http://wrvo.org Developers stress urgency in revival of Watertown Woolworth building 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 Public wants park space at Onondaga Lake http://wrvo.org/post/public-wants-park-space-onondaga-lake <p>Central New Yorkers want a public park available to everyone along Onondaga Lake. That was the upshot from the latest survey on the future of what was once the most polluted lake in the nation. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:16:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 34887 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's council accused of delaying Comprehensive Plan http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-council-accused-delaying-comprehensive-plan <p>Syracuse's Director of Planning and Sustainability Andrew Maxwell accused the Syracuse Common Council Monday of "moving the goalposts" on enacting the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which would be a guide to future zoning and land-use policies in the city. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:12:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 34247 at http://wrvo.org 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 New grocery store ends food desert http://wrvo.org/post/new-grocery-store-ends-food-desert <p>A food desert on Syracuse's north side is no more.&nbsp; The grand opening of a TOPS Grocery store means a place to shop in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 20:36:30 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31956 at http://wrvo.org New grocery store ends food desert Fort Drum connector road to I-81 opens http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-connector-road-i-81-opens <p>The highway project that creates a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate opened Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 07:58:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 29659 at http://wrvo.org Senator wants federal money for Syracuse development http://wrvo.org/post/senator-wants-federal-money-syracuse-development <p>Senator Charles Schumer is hoping some federal dollars will help keep the Inner Harbor development project in Syracuse moving ahead.&nbsp; He's personally requesting that the federal Economic Development Administration approve a $2 million grant for the project. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:00:24 +0000 Ellen Abbott 29504 at http://wrvo.org Senator wants federal money for Syracuse development Some answers from ShoppingTown Mall owner http://wrvo.org/post/some-answers-shoppingtown-mall-owner <p>ShoppingTown Mall in Dewitt remains in a kind of limbo, after its former owner defaulted on a loan last year. Local government officials say they have been unable to reach the company that has taken possession of the property, to find out what it's plans are.&nbsp; After getting U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on the case, there are now some answers. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:24:43 +0000 Ellen Abbott 25271 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse gets money to revitalize old industrial zones http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-gets-money-revitalize-old-industrial-zones <p>Syracuse will use money from a state program to take another step in the long process of redeveloping former industrial sites.</p><p>Syracuse is getting a $500,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant for work on 113 acres just south of downtown and a 478 acre strip through the east side of the city.&nbsp;</p><p>The grant is for the development of a revitalization strategy, the second of three phases of the BOA program, according to Owen Kerney, the city&#39;s deputy director for planning and sustainability. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:46:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22764 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse gets money to revitalize old industrial zones Syracuse OK's 30-year tax break for university bookstore http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-oks-30-year-tax-break-university-bookstore <p>Those for it say it has little resemblance to Destiny USA other than the length of the tax break. But those in opposition disagree strongly.</p><p>Months of debate about <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/did-destiny-usa-ruin-it-other-developers-syracuse" target="_blank">Syracuse&#39;s development strategy</a> and negotiations culminated Monday with the city granting just its second-ever 30-year property tax exemption.</p><p>The recipient is a developer who will build a mixed-use off-campus bookstore and fitness center for Syracuse University. The property in question is a long sliver of land currently owned by the nonprofit university, so it&#39;s not taxable. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:06:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22289 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse OK's 30-year tax break for university bookstore Syracuse poised to award second 30-year tax break http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-poised-award-second-30-year-tax-break <p>Syracuse appears ready to give out its second 30-year tax exemption after months of debate. The decision comes at a time when many in the city are skeptical of public backing for development.</p><p>The Common Council has called a special session for later today to vote on the property tax exemption for a developer planning to build a Syracuse University bookstore and fitness center in the University Hill neighborhood.</p><p>The vote was supposed to happen back in March, but <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/tax-break-syracuse-bookstore-lives-fight-another-day" target="_blank">it was pulled at the last minute because it faced certain defeat</a>. In the months since, councilors have negotiated with the developer and university.</p><p>On Friday, councilors confirmed the deal will finally proceed because it has gained the needed five votes. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:26:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22227 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse poised to award second 30-year tax break After Destiny USA debacle, Inner Harbor plans face a wary council http://wrvo.org/post/after-destiny-usa-debacle-inner-harbor-plans-face-wary-council <p><strong>(CORRECTION June 18th, 2 p.m.: The original version of this story incorrectly stated the estimated cost of environmental cleanup. That amount is roughly $12 million.)</strong></p><p>The topic was the redevelopment of Syracuse&#39;s Inner Harbor, but it didn&#39;t take long for a councilor to bring up the elephant in the chamber: the failed expansion of Destiny USA.</p><p>But Steven Aiello, president of COR Development, didn&#39;t have much choice on the timing of his meeting with the Syracuse Common Council.</p><p>It was just last week that grand plans by the developer of Destiny USA <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/grand-plans-destiny-usa-laid-rest" target="_blank">were finally laid to rest</a>.</p><p>Aiello isn&#39;t looking to build a mall, but councilors couldn&#39;t help but raise concerns. The proposed project is just down the road from what was once going to be Syracuse&#39;s Disney World.</p><p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:16:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 20923 at http://wrvo.org After Destiny USA debacle, Inner Harbor plans face a wary council Destiny USA: Expansion could be at an end http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-expansion-could-be-end <p>The expansion of Carousel Center in Syracuse could be at an end, at least for now. The developer of the mall complex that will soon be known as Destiny USA, is now calling this the final phase of the development.</p><p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city development agency found out yesterday that the developer was exercising a clause in an earlier agreement that would allow them to make this move.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:30:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 20523 at http://wrvo.org