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  • SURA Projects

    Downtown Syracuse's New Urban Space

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    Around the world vibrant downtown spaces are transforming cities, drawing residents and visitors, local businesses and new employees, and visionary investors. Syracuse has the opportunity to develop a new urban space - active, inviting and vital – that celebrates and supports the creative forces driving Syracuse’s recent downtown renaissance. The New Urban Space project site includes two adjoining open spaces: Perseverance Park and the former Common Center bus transfer plaza located at S. Salina and W. Fayette Streets. Located at the geographical center of the city, this blank space is at the heart of a resurgent downtown that is booming with new activity, creativity and energy. The internationally recognized firm !melk landscape architecture and urban design was recently selected to design this flexible, multi-purpose and artful space, in partnership with Tillotson Design Associates and the C&S Companies. Interwoven into the design will be a significant work of public art created by the Balmond Studios and the multi-talented and renowned artist Cecil Balmond. Crucial to the success of the project will be the public's involvement in the redesign process; public participation will ensure that the park is truly reflective of the city's assets, aspirations and potential. 

    The New Urban Space is a project of the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency (SURA) under the direction of the City Planning Division. Providing expert guidance is an Advisory Committee made up of representatives of the City of Syracuse, Syracuse Public Art Commission, CNY Arts, Connective Corridor, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, SUNY ESF Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Syracuse University, and local foundations.

    The estimated budget of the project is between $2.5 million and $3 million, which will be raised through a significant public-private partnership.

    Seneca/Tully Street Project

    SURA initiated a project to assemble a group of adjacent City-owned, seizable, and SURA owned parcels into two usable, buildable lots. This process required a street abandonment, the seizure of a tax delinquent vacant lot, and resubdivision of all parcels. The parcels will be marketed to a local housing agency for new construction. Interested buyers should fill out the SURA application here.

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    Seymour-Gifford Pedestrian Cut-Through

    SURA is working with neighbors, The Westside Residents Coalition, Syracuse United Neighbors, and The Near Westside Initiative to design a formal pedestrian pathway where there had previously been an informal cut-through on the 500 Block of Seymour Street and the 600 Block of Gifford Streets.Tree removal, sidewalk installation, bollards, lighting, fencing and resubdivision will contribute to safety and convenience in the completed pedestrian walkway.

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