development

7:46am

Thu July 10, 2014
Regional Coverage

Details about $100 million Onondaga Lake West project announced, among some controversy

Residents listen to the presentation about the Onondaga Lake project at a meeting in Solvay Wednesday evening
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Onondaga County fleshed out details of the $100 million Onondaga Lake West project for residents of Solvay Wednesday night.  

One of the highlights of the presentation was a virtual video tour of the lake view amphitheater, starting at a box office then winding down tree lined sidewalks, past a small amphitheater and festival grounds to the main amphitheater on Lakeview Point.

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3:56pm

Thu July 3, 2014
Business

City seizes Hotel Syracuse through eminent domain

Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

Syracuse and its economic development arm, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, transferred title of the property to the site's developer, Ed Riley.

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6:35am

Thu June 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Downtown Syracuse's boom is led by residential development

A view of South Salina Street in downtown Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Downtown Syracuse is in the midst of a multi-million dollar development boom. Much of this development is fueled by people who want to live downtown.

There are signs of construction all along the 300 block of South Salina Street in Syracuse. Downtown Committee executive director Merike Treier says today’s downtown has changed a lot in the last decade.

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6:22am

Thu May 1, 2014
Politics and Government

Prospective casino operators attend mandatory question session

The New York State Gaming Commission's Ed Berns listens to questions from prospective casino operators.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

Prospective casino operators got a chance to ask the Cuomo administration questions about the process for choosing licensees for four upstate casinos. But they won’t get answers for several days.

The structure of the event was a bit awkward. Gambling conglomerates and other developers, who have all paid $1 million each for the privilege of being considered for a casino site, attended a mandatory session held by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Gaming Commission.

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6:49am

Thu March 6, 2014
Regional Coverage

In projects big and small, Watertown’s downtown reviving – but some say city government lacks vision

The formerly vacant and crumbling Woolworth building in downtown Watertown will soon host apartments and commercial space.
Credit Joanna Richards

As with many small cities, Watertown’s downtown has been decaying for years, with boarded-up buildings and businesses dwindling.

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.

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7:49am

Wed January 29, 2014
Regional Coverage

Details of Onondaga Lakeshore redevelopment will be released today

Dredging took place on Onondaga Lake in the summer of 2012. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

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.

The Onondaga County Legislature is also expected to chip in some money in the early stages of what would be a massive economic development project.

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8:21am

Wed December 18, 2013
Business

Syracuse takes "first step" toward seizing old Hotel Syracuse

This will hopefully be the last winter the old Hotel Syracuse sits empty, economic development officials say.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

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.

The construction that will re-open the shuttered building is still months away, though, as bureaucracy has to work its course first.

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1:11pm

Tue December 17, 2013
Business

SU bookstore project will meet deadline to keep tax break

An artist's rendering of the future Syracuse University bookstore complex
Cameron Group, LLC.

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.

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 30-year property tax break it won from the city in August 2012.

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10:11pm

Thu December 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Work begins on Watertown's Woolworth building

Work begins on the Woolworth building in Watertown's Public Square.
Joanna Richards

Work has begun to revive a long-vacant eyesore at the center of downtown Watertown.

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6:46am

Thu November 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

SU bookstore project risks losing its controversial tax break

The renderings of a bookstore and fitness center planned for Syracuse University.
Cameron Group, LLC.

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.

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.

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.

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6:00am

Wed November 13, 2013
The Upstate Economy

An “exciting time” in Clayton as hotel, other projects underway

The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is slated to open in downtown Clayton in spring, 2014.
Credit Catherine Loper / WRVO

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.

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4:01pm

Mon October 28, 2013
Environment

LEED program trying to change the course of building design

An aerial shot of Destiny USA.
Destiny USA (US Embassy Canada, Flickr)

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?

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9:23am

Thu June 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

State's land banks to get funds to help redevelop abandoned properties

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.

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.

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9:16am

Mon June 24, 2013
Regional Coverage

Environmental review of Inner Harbor project underway

Inner Harbor development site.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

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.

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8:07am

Wed June 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse agency hopes change in rules means more business for regional contractors

The Inner Harbor development is one the local projects SIDA is currently supporting.
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Local contractors and suppliers will get a boost from a new policy in the city of Syracuse.   

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.

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3:31pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Regional Coverage

Westside neighborhood looks for comeback

New homes have been built on Syracuse's Westside, selling for about $90,000 each.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

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.

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.

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6:40am

Wed June 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse & Onondaga County combine planning offices

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.

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.

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9:01am

Mon May 27, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Farming or high-tech park? One community weighs the options

Site of proposed Science Technology & Manufacturing Park in Alabama, NY
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

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.

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4:18pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

Mayor Miner wants Hotel Syracuse redeveloped - one way or another

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.

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5:38am

Mon April 8, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Developers stress urgency in revival of Watertown Woolworth building

Developer Erich Seber gives local officials a tour of the Woolworth building in downtown Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

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.

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3:22am

Wed March 20, 2013
Regional Coverage

A new plan to bring back the Hotel Syracuse

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks in front of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is bringing his influence to the latest plan to revive the Hotel Syracuse.  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.

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9:16am

Mon March 18, 2013
Regional Coverage

Public wants park space at Onondaga Lake

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.

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3:12pm

Tue March 5, 2013
Politics and Government

Syracuse's council accused of delaying Comprehensive Plan

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.

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5:51am

Tue March 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse will seize troubled, vacant landmark property

A postcard image of the Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse.
Credit Boston Public Library / via Flickr

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.

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4:55pm

Wed February 27, 2013
Regional Coverage

Potential buyer wants to turn Mizpah Tower into luxury apartments

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.

A potential new owner of the long-vacant Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse is hoping to satisfy a certain kind of rental market. 

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3:36pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

New grocery store ends food desert

TOPS President Frank Curci at the opening of their new grocery store on Syracuse's north side
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

A food desert on Syracuse's north side is no more.  The grand opening of a TOPS Grocery store means a place to shop in one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods.

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2:58am

Thu December 6, 2012
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum connector road to I-81 opens

The highway project that creates a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate opened Thursday.

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4:00pm

Wed November 21, 2012
Regional Coverage

Senator wants federal money for Syracuse development

Ellen Abbott WRVO

Senator Charles Schumer is hoping some federal dollars will help keep the Inner Harbor development project in Syracuse moving ahead.  He's personally requesting that the federal Economic Development Administration approve a $2 million grant for the project.

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10:24am

Fri August 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

Some answers from ShoppingTown Mall owner

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.  After getting U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on the case, there are now some answers.

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3:46pm

Wed July 18, 2012
Regional Coverage

Syracuse gets money to revitalize old industrial zones

New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales discusses Syracuse's brownfields as Mayor Stephanie Miner looks on.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse will use money from a state program to take another step in the long process of redeveloping former industrial sites.

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. 

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's deputy director for planning and sustainability.

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