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For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2012
Edison Alban @DOS
Tim Carrol @ City of Syracuse

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner Unveil Brownfield Redevelopment Plans
for South Salina Street and Erie Boulevard East

Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales was joined today by Syracuse Mayor, Stephanie Miner; local officials and city residents to unveil Brownfield Redevelopment Plans for the areas of South Salina Street and Erie Boulevard East.

The Department of State awarded the City of Syracuse a $500,000 Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant to create redevelopment plans for two City neighborhoods characterized by brownfields and vacant properties: the South Salina Street Gateway and Erie Boulevard East. The redevelopment plans were developed with leadership and input from the community and consist of in-depth assessments, and analyses of the best potential redevelopment of the neighborhoods.  These plans will enable Syracuse to implement an economic and environmental revitalization strategy for these areas.

“The creation of mixed-use commercial and residential development on brownfields and on vacant or underutilized property has the potential for transformative redevelopment of Syracuse neighborhoods,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “The planning and implementation for the redevelopment of these areas requires strong leadership, public support and a clear and realistic vision for the future of the City. I commend Syracuse for ensuring that this vision becomes a reality.”

“Our recent completion of the Erie Boulevard East and South Salina Street Brownfield Redevelopment Plans is an exciting milestone in the City’s Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Program,” said Mayor of Syracuse Stephanie Miner. “We appreciate the support and expertise the New York Department of State has provided and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership as we implement the recommendation of the BOA Redevelopment Plans.”

South Salina Street Revitalization Plan

The 113-acre South Salina Street Gateway area is located between downtown and the southern portion of the City, and is ripe for commercial and residential growth. This area is a gateway between Downtown Syracuse and several residential neighborhoods. The completed plan for the South Salina Street Gateway BOA provides a revitalization vision for an area consisting of 17 known brownfield sites and 29 additional vacant or underutilized sites.

The South Salina Street Revitalization Plan calls for the creation of an urban core consisting of commercial and residential mixed-use development, including retail and service shops, and a possible expansion of public park space. The plan presents opportunities for job creation, improved urban design, and long-term area-wide revitalization.

Erie Boulevard East Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

Erie Boulevard is the primary commercial and transportation corridor on the eastside of the City. The 478-acre Erie Boulevard East Neighborhood is situated in a low lying area between the University and Eastwood neighborhoods of the City, just east of Downtown Syracuse. The Erie Boulevard East Neighborhood Revitalization Plan calls for the redevelopment of the 478-acre area into a center of commercial, residential, and industrial mixed-use development. Reuse of brownfields adjacent to the successful mixed-use properties and operations will serve as a catalytic development for this community.

The Department of State’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) Program provides communities with guidance, expertise and financial assistance to complete revitalization and implementation strategies for neighborhoods or areas affected by brownfields or economic distress. Brownfields are dormant properties where contamination or perceived contamination has impeded investment and redevelopment, making them an economic and environmental drain on localities. Through the BOA Program, brownfields are transformed from liabilities to community assets that generate businesses, jobs and revenues for local economies and provide new housing and public amenities.