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2016 Annual Report

Message from the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. Right now, we’re in the midst of a celebration of the people and projects driving Downtown’s renaissance. From the creative vision of the developers and property owners, who see the potential of breathing new life into an outdated structure, to the determined spirit of the business owners, who know they can deliver a product with a level of quality and uniqueness you won’t find anywhere else, down to the passionate individual who wants to get involved and do something tangible to make Downtown a better place - Downtown Syracuse is evolving. And together, we’re feverishly writing the next chapter in an amazing story that involves everyone who has picked up this Annual Report. There’s so much to be exited about. We can’t remember a time where we’ve had this much construction activity, interest, investment and new job announcements. Every day, everywhere we look, we’re surrounded by signs of progress. Change is palpable in Downtown’s transformation from what was a predominantly 9 to 5 office center, into what’s now a residential center that boasts a 40% increase to its population in just the last five years. Change is visible in the surface parking lots that have been re-purposed for higher and better uses, re-densifying our downtown neighborhood. Change is audible in the construction debris sliding down the trash chutes of buildings that are being rehabilitated, landing in dumpsters. Change is felt in the buzzing of activity that comes from a connected population that sees the value of being part of a vibrant urban community, and how this vibrancy translates into good business and 24/7 life throughout Downtown Syracuse. Downtown’s vibrancy is the direct result of people whose vision, determination and passion have helped Downtown Syracuse rebuild its sense of place, pride and character. All are contributors to Downtown’s ever-changing, ever-growing story.

High Interest in Housing

With 256 apartments under construction and expected to come online within the next year, we’re experiencing a residential boom. It’s the vision of our developers who see new life for outdated structures that attract the masses. Right now, Downtown Syracuse boasts a 99% occupancy rate. Our Downtown population has increased nearly 50% since 2006, and the interest continues to climb. During the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Downtown Living Tour, lines wrapped around the block at Tour Headquarters as a record-breaking 3,270 attendees waited their turn to explore the unique spaces that only our Downtown is able to offer. In the following pages, you’ll read about the housing units that came online during the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and eight exciting projects underway right now, that will increase Downtown’s population by 14% in the next 18-months.


Downtown Retail & Restaurant Success

While the housing and population chapter of Downtown’s story continues to grow, we’re also following the stories of Downtown’s visionary entrepreneurs. In the last year, we welcomed 18 new retail businesses to Downtown Syracuse - and in the next three months, we expect at least four more to follow suit. Creativity is a hallmark of our downtown retail climate, which is evidenced by Showoffs Boutique, Projex 214, Olive on Brooklea, Tenacious Sound, Aloha Japanese Bento Express and Vintage Love, which came together to host a Grand Opening Trail in November. During the winter holiday months, we partnered with Downtown’s retailers, restaurants and cultural institutions to follow the adventures of Dash, our Downtown Elf, as he made his holiday shopping rounds, drawing attention to Downtown’s variety of offerings. Earlier this season, we piloted a Pop-Up Retail Program, as a way to fill vacant storefronts. In fact, Vintage Love, located on the ground floor of Commonspace at 201 East Jefferson Street, was our first PopUp success story. The collaboration between vintage home furnishing store, Driftwood & Glitter, and vintage clothing store, Maeflowers Vintage, embodies the creative spirit that so many of our store and restaurant owners are known for. And that creativity is on display year-round... From Downtown Dining Weeks every February, to the Syracuse Style Fashion Show every September, to a handful of other signature Downtown Committee Events - we make it our mission to celebrate the variety of Downtown’s amenities all year long. *We encourage you to read about all of our Signature Events, outlined on Pages 4 and 5.

New Companies Move Downtown

Very soon, we’ll have even more good news to celebrate throughout Downtown Syracuse. If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve heard that companies are flocking to Downtown Syracuse. It seems like every week, we’re reading a new headline announcing a downtown business is expanding, or another business - currently located in the suburbs - has made the decision to move into our dynamic city center. This is happening because employers recognize the value of a downtown location; they understand how the perks of being centrally located among dozens of retail shops, cultural institutions and housing options will enhance their company culture and productivity. *Turn to Page 14 to read more about the exciting announcements which will grow Downtown’s workforce by 5% by the end of 2017.

Arts, Culture & Public Space: A Stage for Success

Companies that move downtown choose to be in a dynamic environment. Downtown Syracuse is a neighborhood with many facets. Our arts, cultural and civic offerings are the best in the region and add to Downtown’s creative flair. To remain competitive, organizations constantly adapt to serve our ever-changing demographic. May, 2016 was a “Marquee Month.” First, there was the announcement that the Landmark Theatre will soon boast a new marquee to match the timeless, quality craftsmanship found on the inside, thanks to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) and a $612,000 grant from New York State. Then, we learned Onondaga County will invest $875,000 to put its best face forward for visitors when it upgrades the marquees at the War Memorial and Civic Center. The condition of our public space tells a lot about a community, and provides a glimpse into its collective story. Together, we’re focusing on finding new ways to make Downtown’s public spaces “pop,” with the goal that future generations will continue to be inspired by Downtown’s charms. In the Heart of Downtown, plans progress at New City Park (formerly Perseverance Park), as internationally renowned design firm, !melk, prepares its final design, envisioning an iconic public space built to increase tourism and engage the community. Regardless of whether they live, work or visit Downtown Syracuse to play, we know people want to be engaged in their surroundings. Every week, we’re fielding new electronic newsletter subscription requests from folks who want to be “in-the-know” when it comes to Downtown news and events. Proof also lies in the dedication of 500+ volunteers, who helped us with our own signature events, including the Arts & Crafts Festival (July, 2015), Syracuse Style (September, 2015), Earth Day (April, 2016), the Downtown Living Tour (May, 2016) and the Downtown Farmers Market (every Tuesday during the summer months in Clinton Square). Additional evidence lies in the 500 contest entries we received between two new contests we introduced in the last year - Dash the Downtown Elf over the holiday season, and “Spot the Chef’s Hat” during February’s Downtown Dining Weeks. In these ways and more, we see people want to interact with their Downtown surroundings, and be part of the action.

Think about the activity you see around you. It’s all part of the new vibrancy that’s stirring excitement throughout Downtown and sending ripples across the entire region. That vibrancy sends a strong message: Our Downtown is a destination that radiates character. We all have different reasons why we feel connected to Downtown and we all have a stake in its future.

What story will you tell? What will you add to our next chapter?

t’s Wha your n w nto Dow ry? sto Everyone has a different connection to Downtown Syracuse. Why are you excited to be here?

I’m excited by Downtown’s transformation. It’s been incredible to be part of Downtown’s shift from an office center to a thriving, urban community through reimagined buildings and places. Who could’ve imagined what was once an office space for Niagara Mohawk would become a residential community in Creekwalk Commons!

James V. Breuer, Chair

For me, it’s the authenticity that emanates from buildings reborn into modern uses. But, it’s so much more than that. When I go inside these buildings, meet the people who are making the changes happen, and learn more about their vision - that’s when I’m truly inspired by what’s happening. Downtown’s energy is contagious.

Merike L. Treier, Executive Director Please join our conversation! Send us a note through email at, or find us on Social Media and tell us your Downtown story.

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Signature Events of 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Downtown Farmers Market 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesdays, Mid-June through Mid-October

Up to 5,500 Visitors / Week!

Rain or shine, dozens of the region’s best farmers and produce dealers converge in Clinton Square for the Downtown Farmers Market. The Market offers access to fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods and more - all while encouraging a sense of community. New for the 2015 market season, the Downtown Committee introduced several programs designed to promote wellness and healthy living, raising visibility in ways the Market hadn’t seen before, including:

• A weekly electronic newsletter, providing a rundown of what to expect each week • A new feature series, “Meet the Farmers,” profiling one of the participating farmers each week • Recipe cards from the Onondaga County Public Library and cooking demonstrations by the Food Bank of Central New York showing visitors how to prepare their fresh market purchases • Tasty samples of healthy recipes prepared by Cornell Cooperative Extension • Free drawings for fresh produce and unique products donated by farmers and produce dealers We look forward to the continuation of these programs in 2016! To sign up for the Farmers Market Newsletter, please email

AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival July 24 - 26, 2015 Draws 50,000

Historic Columbus Circle came alive with the 45th Annual AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, presented by the Downtown Committee and AmeriCU Credit Union. The spectacular three-day showcase of some of the country’s most talented artists, craftspeople and entertainers is hailed as one of the premier festivals of its kind in the northeast. The family-friendly festival boasts a variety of professional performers including singers, songwriters, musicians and unique street entertainers. The festival is one of the anchor events of ArtsWeek, the largest collaboration among arts and cultural organizations committed to celebrating visual and performing arts downtown. Financial support for the festival comes from AmeriCU Credit Union and an Arts In CNY Grant through Senator John A. DeFrancisco. A CNY Arts Grant provides the Downtown Committee with funding to promote the program and reinforce the collective impact of ArtsWeek programming and events.

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The Downtown Committee screened hundreds of applications from artists and craftspeople throughout the U.S. and Canada to select 165 artists to showcase their works at the 45th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

Syracuse Style Fashion Show September 17, 2015

With the variety of retail shops located within 82 blocks, Downtown Syracuse is Central New York’s destination for high-quality fashion. Every September, Walton Street becomes a runway to showcase men, women and children styles and accessories. Syracuse Style is co-produced by the Downtown Committee and Syracuse Fashion Week. The event has been recognized by the International Downtown Association.

1,700 Attendees 100 models, including men, women and children, walked Walton Street’s 80-foot runway for the 2015 presentation of Syracuse Style.


Good Morning Downtown Syracuse Progress Breakfast October, 2015 & March, 2016

The Downtown Committee introduced a brand new program designed GOOD MORNING DOWNTOWN SYRACUSE to celebrate the forward-thinking that is driving revitalization progress breakfast throughout Downtown Syracuse. The breakfast gives attendees the inside scoop on exciting projects influencing Downtown’s landscape from the people leading the charge, and grants guests a unique opportunity to network with presenters. The first breakfast in October, 2015 highlighted three transformative projects: The Connective Corridor’s upcoming plans for the installation of public art; The Redhouse Arts Center’s upcoming move to City Center; and finally, renovation progress at the Hotel Syracuse as it transitions into the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. In March, 2016, the Downtown Committee partnered with Harris Beach, PLLC to present a second breakfast spotlighting entrepreneurship. Guests learned 150 people attended the first-ever Progress Breakfast in October, 2015. about three of the most talked-about ventures of 2016: A connected way of living and working through co-living and co-working at Commonspace; how, a leader in the collectible gaming industry, doubled its workforce every year since 2013; and the ways in which Wolff’s Biergarten, one of the most-anticipated new businesses of 2016, continues to create a buzz.

Downtown Dining Weeks February 15 - 29, 2016

Chef’s Hat spotted at Bistro Elephant, photo courtesy of Larissa Morales.

A record 29 restaurants dished out once-a-year deals of three courses (or more!) for $25 (or less!) for Renzi Foodservice Downtown Dining Weeks. New to the 12th annual promotion, the Downtown Committee introduced an interactive contest called “Spot the Chef’s Hat.” Diners were encouraged to look for a chef’s hat in the dining area(s) of participating restaurants, take a picture of it, and email it to the Downtown Committee. All submissions were entered into a daily drawing to win a gift card redeemable at one of the participating Dining Weeks restaurants.

Downtown Living Tour 10th Anniversary Edition May 21, 2016

From luxury apartments carved from the city’s most iconic, historic and commercial spaces – in many cases overlooking breathtaking views of Downtown’s skyline to never-before-seen additions to Downtown’s residential neighborhood, the self-guided walking tour offered an inside look at 10 of the most talked about examples of urban living in Downtown Syracuse. New to the tour this year, the Downtown Committee partnered with 40 Below to introduce a pop-up Bike Share program, plus gave tourists the opportunity to explore two “Bonus Stops.” 2016 Living Tour guests lined up outside of Tour Headquarters, at 110 Walton Street.

Earth Day Clean-Up April 23, 2016

Wow! The Downtown Committee saw a record turnout for the annual Earth Day Clean-Up. Groups of families, friends, schools and community organizations rolled up their sleeves to give Downtown’s gateways a spring cleaning.

edr Companies was one of several organizations represented at the 2016 Earth Day Clean-Up.

328 Volunteers! 450 Trash Bags!

Living Tour guests got a sneak peek at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown lobby, before it officially opens to the public this summer.

Record Crowd: 3,270 Attendees!

An example of common living space at Commonspace, Downtown’s first co-living space, at 201 East Jefferson Street.


Marketing & Communications

The Downtown Committee’s Marketing & Communications team is a celebrator of all things “Downtown Syracuse.” The team highlights Downtown as the center of our community through organizing and planning events to support revitalization efforts, and promotes positive changes happening throughout the central business district. By regularly collaborating with business owners, cultural institutions, individuals and arts organizations, the Marketing & Communications department showcases the retail, restaurant and cultural offerings that make Downtown a vibrant destination. The team ensures information is easily accessible and communicated to all Downtown stakeholders.

The Message

The Downtown Committee uses a series of media formats to communicate that Downtown Syracuse is the place to be:

Get Connected

Every Thursday, 6,620 subscribers look forward to reading our electronic newsletter, providing a rundown of upcoming events for the week ahead and detailing the news headlines affecting the Downtown community.

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Great Stories Begin Downtown is the theme of the television advertising campaign the Downtown Committee airs throughout the year.

Holiday television advertisements highlight Downtown as the centerpiece of holiday celebrations and family traditions.

Wednesday Walk Series Encourages Exercise

23,000,000 Impressions This Year

Billboard advertising highlights Downtown’s shopping and dining opportunities.

The Downtown Committee partnered with several health-minded community organizations to launch a new walking series, Wednesday Walk, every other Wednesday from June through October, 2015. The first season was so successful, the series returned in 2016. The free, guided 45-minute lunchtime walks encourage exercise and teach participants about the unique amenities Downtown has to offer. New for 2016, the series introduced 90-minute evening walks.

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A new Downtown Restaurant Guide was introduced in February, 2016, featuring a complete listing of cafes and bakeries, casual dining, lunch, deli, take-out, ethnic and fine dining options throughout Downtown Syracuse. The publication is sponsored by Downtown businesses and includes coupons. TS IN RESTAURANW DOWNTO N SYRACUSE

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The restaurant guide, along with the historic walking tour brochure and a piece that lists all Downtown retail shops, restaurants and business services are the most popular Downtown publications.

6,250+ Publications Distributed This Year

Fun Fact: The person who attends the most walks will be presented with the “Stinky Sneaker Award,” which includes a new pair of sneakers from Fleet Feet Sports.

Join the Conversation

As we continue to tell Downtown’s exciting story, follow along with us! This year, we’re using the hashtag, #MyDowntownSYRstory.

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*Comments provided during our 2015 Constituent Survey, distributed every other year to Downtown stakeholders. The 2015 Survey generated a record 489 responses.

First-Ever Downtown Coffee Break September 24, 2015

In September, the Downtown Committee partnered with Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop to host a free Coffee Break for all Downtown employees in Perseverance Park. From 10:00 am to 11:00 am, more than 1,000 people were served coffee and handcrafted sandwiches prepared by Tim Hortons. The Downtown Coffee Break was “brewed” to coincide with the Downtown Committee’s Employee Appreciation Month, as a way to thank Downtown’s employees.

1,000 Cups of Coffee Poured!

Downtown Shopping Nights December 10 & 17, 2015

Nearly two dozen retailers throughout Downtown Syracuse extended their hours on two Thursday evenings during the 2015 holiday season to invite the community to shop for items on their holiday shopping lists. The shopping nights were spearheaded by Kellie Gingold of Showoffs Boutique. The Downtown Committee provided promotional support to encourage the community to shop for special gifts for loved ones.

Dashing Around Downtown Syracuse

The Downtown Committee welcomed a new “seasonal” member to its staff for the holiday season. Dash, the Downtown Elf, “dashed” around Downtown, visiting retailers, restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions to spread holiday cheer. Meanwhile, Social Media friends were encouraged to follow Dash and email their guesses about where he was located each day. All correct entries were submitted into weekly free drawings to win gift certificates to Downtown retailers!

400 Entries Received! Neighborhood Support

The Downtown Committee continues to provide marketing and administrative assistance to the Armory Square Association, the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association and the Hanover Square Association.

Armory Square Association

The Downtown Committee provides financial support for the Armory Square Association’s signature events, which bring thousands of visitors into the Square each year: The Candlelight Concert Series stages major concerts each summer; Holiday Happenings is a month-long celebration of the winter holidays.

Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association

The Downtown Committee helps the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association plan, promote and organize its signature event each spring. The Organ Crawl is a historic walking and listening tour of majestic organs and churches located throughout the neighborhood.

Hanover Square Association

The Hanover Square Association encourages business growth and patronage to showcase commercial and residential life and promote events throughout the historic district. In February 2016, several restaurants and bars in Hanover Square banded together to offer free chili samples for a new Chili Fest.


Economic Development The incredible amount of real estate development and investment taking place throughout Downtown Syracuse continues to draw new residents, retailers and major employers. The Downtown Committee’s Economic Development team prioritizes buildings and sites for development to retain and attract new businesses. The team collects market information and provides assistance to developers and property owners interested in redeveloping underutilized properties, and identifies incentives and grant opportunities for further growth throughout the central business district.

Housing in High Demand

Housing is a major driver of Downtown’s resurgence. In the last decade, residential development has accounted for 70% of investments made in Downtown Syracuse, and this new development activity has resulted in a 50% increase in Downtown’s population since 2006. In the last year alone: The 214 , located at 214 West Jefferson Street, introduced 21 luxury one and two-bedroom apartments in September, 2015.

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Commonspace, located at 201 East Jefferson Street, introduced downtown’s first co-living space in June, 2016. There are 21 furnished units, blending private and public living spaces.

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Right now, an additional 256 housing units are under construction. When they’re complete in 2017, downtown’s population will grow by an additional 14%. *For a preview of what is expected to come online in 2016, turn to Page 14.

Residential Committee Established

In March, 2016, the Downtown Committee convened property owners, leasing agents, and Downtown residents to strategize ways to better communicate with and meet the needs of Downtown’s growing residential population. The Residential Committee will work with residential building owners and leasing agents to keep residents engaged and informed. If you’re a Downtown resident – or interested in life in Downtown Syracuse – and would like to learn more, please send a note to


Building New Connections: The Convention District & Beyond

The July 2016 grand opening of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown presents new opportunities as the downtown community strives to enhance day-to-day quality of life for visitors, residents and employees. The Downtown Committee convened regular meetings with stakeholders in the Convention District to brainstorm the future of the streetscape connecting the Oncenter with the new hotel, with three goals in mind: • To create a vibrant, safe and comfortable experience on Harrison Street for pedestrians • To cultivate new business opportunities to better serve visitor needs • To provide connections between the Convention District and existing areas of vibrancy, including Downtown dining, shopping, and entertainment centers (such as Armory and Hanover Squares)

An edr Companies’ rendering showing the Harrison Corridor, where Harrison meets Warren Street in the Convention District (Courtesy of Ed Riley).


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I love to see how Downtown has changed and looks more revitalized over the past couple of years. Bringing in new businesses and higher-end living has made Downtown more attractive and an upbeat way to shop local and eat local!


Survey Says... Praise for Economic Development Welcome to Downtown Syracuse!

In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Downtown welcomed:

18 New Retail Businesses Grand Openings Galore

Six of the new 2015-2016 downtown businesses, Aloha, Vintage Love, Olive on Brooklea, Showoffs Boutique, Projex 214 and Tenacious Sound, joined together to celebrate their new ventures with a “Grand Opening Trail” on Thursday, November 5. Olive on Brooklea expanded from Fayetteville into Downtown Syracuse, opening a storefront at 116 West Jefferson Street in October, 2015. Owner Michelle Watts poses with samples. Photo courtesy of

I’ve lived and worked Downtown for four years, we had to be here when we moved back to Syracuse. I’ve only seen it improve and I know it will continue to.

*Comments provided during our 2015 Constituent Survey, distributed every other year to Downtown stakeholders. The 2015 Survey generated a record 489 responses.

Ravishing Retail: Pop-Up Program Success Vintage Love, the combined endeavor of vintage clothing store Maeflowers Vintage and vintage home furnishing store Driftwood & Glitter, made a permanent home at 201 East Jefferson Street, celebrating its grand opening on May 13. The store first opened as a pop-up shop in November 2015, and received such high support from the community it signed a long term lease. Vintage Love was the first pop-up business to participate in the Downtown Committee’s pilot Pop-Up Retail Program.

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The ladies behind Vintage Love: Susan Hodell, Driftwood & Glitter; and Shauna Diliberto, Maeflowers Vintage.

Spotlight Shines on Technological Growth, the leader in the multi-billion dollar gaming industry, has more than doubled its employees every year since it moved into the State Tower Building in 2013. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, brought its total number of employees to 115. Meanwhile, Terakeet, currently located at 316 and 318 S. Clinton Street and 333 W. Washington Street, will add 200 employees to its 150-member operation over the next five years.

Community Renewal: NY Main Street Grant Adminstration

The Downtown Committee successfully administered seven rounds of New York Main Street grant funding, awarded by the State Department of Housing and Community Renewal. The Downtown Committee’s $190,000 grant program on Jefferson and Warren Streets is still underway with five properties receiving financial support. The Downtown Committee will continue to pursue this valuable source of funding to assist with future redevelopment projects.

New Energy

Students add to Downtown’s vibrancy by bringing new energy. In January, 2016, Downtown welcomed Le Moyne College’s Occupational Therapy Program to the Larned Building (M&T Bank Building) in Hanover Square. Le Moyne joins SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center, located in Clinton Square, in adding a downtown student presence.

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The Economic Development team maintains and distributes up-to-date Downtown housing, retail and occupancy data to Downtown stakeholders, and regularly responds to inquiries, creating custom property packages showcasing available properties for specific business uses in Downtown Syracuse.

Investing in Our Health

In May 2016, the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selected Syracuse as one of 50 Invest Health cities. The Syracuse team, comprised of representatives from the Downtown Committee, the City of Syracuse Department of Neighborhood and Business Development, Upstate Medical University’s Center for Civic Engagement, Onondaga County Health Department’s Bureau of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and Cooperative Federal Credit Union, was chosen from a pool of 170 mid-size communities across the country. As the team applicant, the Downtown Committee was instrumental in securing the award, which includes a $60,000 grant and technical assistance over the next 18 months, including travel to four national and three regional training sessions. The team will focus on strategies to improve access to healthy food in Downtown Syracuse, with an emphasis on the built environment and transit-oriented development.


Public Space: Environmental Maintenance The Downtown Committee Environmental Maintenance crew is the driving force behind efforts to ensure Downtown Syracuse is attractive, clean and accessible. The crew undertakes beautification programs to support continued revitalization to create and maintain a vibrant, thriving Downtown Syracuse.

The Crew at Work

The Downtown Committee Maintenance Staff is at work yearround to ensure Downtown Syracuse is an attractive, clean and accessible destination for residents, employees and visitors. From planting flowers, to mowing and litter patrol, to providing snow plowing assistance on the sidewalks, to removing graffiti and more, our crew gets up with the sun to tackle a wide variety of tasks to make Downtown welcoming.

Downtown in Record Bloom

Every summer, Downtown blossoms in vibrant shades of purple. After Memorial Day, a record 355 hanging flower baskets adorned with petunias from Downtown Farmers Market vendor Oliver B. Paine Greenhouses, were installed throughout Downtown Syracuse. The baskets dress up Downtown’s streets throughout the summer season. The Downtown Committee partners with downtown businesses and property owners to maintain the baskets, creating a thriving downtown. Support the effort by sponsoring a flower basket with a tax-deductible donation of $50/basket. Visit for more information. The hanging flower basket program has expanded every season since its inception in 2011.

From the left: Director of Operations Chuck McFadden weedwacking and Staff Member Kevin Stanard mowing the green space in Perseverance Park.

Partners in Planting Establishes Roots

In June, 2015, The Syracuse Garden Club presented the Downtown Committee with the “Club Civic Improvement Commendation Award.” The award applauds 40 years of community service, with special attention placed on the impact of the flower basket program.

Partners in Planting Establishes Roots

In June, 2015 the Downtown Committee launched the Partners in Planting program to combine employee engagement and downtown beautification. The Downtown Committee partnered with Pioneer Companies and Young Leaders United, a division of the United Way, to plant four flower beds at the intersection of Washington and Warren Streets. The group returned in June 2016, along with The Bonadio Group, for even more coverage. The program was developed to bolster pride and engage Downtown employees in the neighborhoods they work in. By transforming Downtown’s landscape through beautification and clean-up efforts, participants give back to the community by showing they’re invested in the quality of life Downtown Syracuse presents.

Young Leaders United, in partnership with Pioneer Companies, were the inaugural participants in the Partners in Planting program. The group returned with The Bonadio Group for the 2016 season.


Record Expansion: 355 Baskets! Coming Soon: Creekwalk Fitness Equipment

In December, 2015 the Downtown Committee was awarded a $5,000 grant from Excellus to install fitness equipment along the Creekwalk in Armory Square. Right now, the Downtown Committee is working with the City of Syracuse Parks Department to order the equipment. An installation is planned for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

An example of the equipment to be installed next year along the Creekwalk.

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*Comments provided during our 2015 Constituent Survey, distributed every other year to Downtown stakeholders. The 2015 Survey generated a record 489 responses.

M. Lemp Park Sign Dedication

To honor one of Downtown’s longest-running businesses, the Downtown Committee partnered with the City of Syracuse and SIDA to dedicate a sign for M. Lemp Park, the green space at the corner of Warren and Fayette Streets. Named for M. Lemp Jewelers across the street, the park is a popular place for dog-walkers and office employees in search of a sunny bench. M. Lemp Jewelers, which celebrated 125 years Downtown in 2015, has been a Downtown staple since 1890. The Downtown Committee was contracted to provide maintenance services for the site in May, 2015.

Holiday Trimmings

Don Lemp, the owner of M. Lemp Jewelers poses with the sign for the park named in his honor, with his jewelry store in the background.

To provide a festive appearance during the holiday season, the Downtown Committee manages a contract that provides decorations for Downtown’s streets. Energy-efficient LED-lighted wreaths adorn the light poles on Montgomery, Warren, Salina and Clinton Streets. Throughout Armory Square, tree branches are lined with LED lights and colored lighting. The Downtown Committee partners with the City of Syracuse to deliver this program.

Public Space: Parking It’s imperative that Downtown Syracuse balances its parking supply to support expanding businesses and demographics, as new businesses and people continue to move downtown. The Downtown Committee maintains up-to-date parking information and ensures parking information is easily accessible.

Parking Options a Plenty

The Downtown Committee regularly updates its inventory of all public parking options. Download a free parking brochure from the Downtown Committee’s website:, or pick one up at the Downtown Committee’s offices located at 115 West Fayette Street, or at the Downtown Security & Information Center, located at 440 South Warren Street. Brochures can also be mailed upon request. For your convenience, the Downtown Committee operates two parking lots during Downtown events: • One Herald Place, located on Herald Place, between North Clinton and North Salina Streets • The National Grid parking lot, located across from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on North Franklin Street


Public Space: Security The Downtown Committee Security Staff proactively addresses quality of life concerns to maintain Downtown’s status as one of the safest neighborhoods for residents, employees and visitors. A strong partnership between the Downtown Committee Security Staff and the Syracuse Police Department allows for collaboration to address public safety and quality of life concerns throughout the central business district. The Downtown Committee security officers act as a liaison between the business community and the Syracuse Police Department.

Seven Ways Our Security Staff Helps You


Security Camera Installation

Operating the Downtown Security & Information Center

The Downtown Security & Information Center is centrally located at 440 South Warren Street in the Galleries. Here, visitors will find Downtown Security officers and Syracuse Police officers assigned to Downtown Syracuse, as well as general information.

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encouraged to call 423-HELP for prompt response to (4357) quality of life questions and concerns. The calls go directly In an emergency, call 911 to the Downtown Security & Information Center. If it’s after regular business hours, calls are forwarded directly to the Syracuse Police Department officer on duty. The 423-HELP line averaged about 50 calls per week, and 2,600 calls 2,600 Calls This Year during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

In partnership with Assemblyman William Magnarelli, the Downtown Committee installed ten security cameras in July, 2015. The cameras, installed in areas with high population concentrations, are wired into the Syracuse Police Department’s camera network. The Downtown Committee owns the cameras and pays for maintenance to ensure their continued operation. Assemblyman Magnarelli helped fund the initiative through a $78,868 grant to the Downtown Committee.


Providing Personal Safety Seminars


Offering security audits for Downtown businesses


The Downtown Committee Security Staff regularly hosts Personal Safety Seminars for Downtown residents and employees. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Security Staff offered 12 personalized safety seminars for several companies.

Patrolling Downtown Monday through Friday

Security Officer Gary Peak and Director of Security Tom Campanie at the Security & Information Center.


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The Downtown Committee Security Staff distributes security information providing common sense safety tips to Downtown employers, employees and the general public. In November 2015, the Downtown Committee introduced a new security brochure, “Living Smart,” designed specifically for Downtown residents.


3,000 Security Smarts Distributed

7) Proactively addressing Quality of Life Concerns


The Downtown Committee Security Staff is part of a Downtown Task Force, which works to improve the effectiveness of social service delivery and outreach efforts. The Task Force is a partnership among service providers from across Syracuse and Onondaga County.


Strong Partnership

The partnership between the Downtown Committee Security Staff and the Syracuse Police Department dates back more than 20 years, to 1995. That’s when the Downtown Committee Security Program was established. In addition to our Downtown Security officers, you’ll see Syracuse Police Officers riding their bicycles throughout Downtown during the week.

Photo by Dongmin Shin

I don’t feel unsafe Downtown. I

am here weekdays,

and walk alone all over during lunch.

I alwa y spend s enjoy ing tim Syracu e in s Super e. city!

Survey Says... Praise for Security Staff

I feel ve Downt ry safe own.

etely compl ! l e e I f town Down e f a s

*Comments provided during our 2015 Constituent Survey, distributed every other year to Downtown stakeholders. The 2015 Survey generated a record 489 responses.

Financial Report of 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Budgeted Income & Expense for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 .3%

Total Income: Special Assessment










Interest Income



9% 9.5% 11% 70%


Total Expense: Environmental Maintenance



$229,078 $186,534

Marketing Security


Economic Development











9% 20%

6.3% 9%

19% 15%




Our Next Chapter Destination: Downtown

Recognizing the perks of being centrally located among dozens of restaurants and retail shops, cultural institutions and housing options, employers see the value of a Downtown Syracuse location. Downtown continues to grow as an office destination, poised to welcome more than 1,500 new employees by the end of 2017. This summer, we look forward to: The first wave of SUNY Upstate Medical University Information Technologies and Finance employees’ move into the Galleries this July, paving the way for 400 new jobs Downtown.

July’s opening of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, which will bring 256 full-time equivalents into the Downtown workforce.

256 Jobs

400 Jobs

In May, 2015, two companies announced plans to relocate their DeWitt offices and employees to Downtown Syracuse: Aspen Dental Management Inc., which provides non-clinical business support to more than 500 practices throughout 33 states, will move its headquarters Downtown by the end of 2017, bringing 600 employees into City Center (the former Sibley’s Building). The company plans to hire 400 additional employees by 2020.

Arcadis Engineering will bring more than 250 employees to One Lincoln Center, starting in the fourth quarter of 2016. An open floor plan and unassigned work stations will place a heightened emphasis on collaboration.

250 Jobs

600+ Jobs

Downtown’s workforce is expected to grow by 5% in the next 18 months On the Housing Horizon

In the next fiscal year, Downtown Syracuse is poised to welcome approximately 460 new residents. The occupancyAMOS rate holds steady at ADDITION 99% and 256 units are under construction right now. Projects expected to come online in the next year include:214 W Water St, Syracuse, NY

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Two two-bedroom units are expected to come online in July at Salina Place, located at 205 South Salina Street.

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Herald Commons is expected to introduce 27 one and two-bedroom units at 220 Herald Place in December, 2016.

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This July, 21 one and two-bedroom units will come online at One Clinton Square, also known as the Syracuse Savings Bank and Bank of America Building.

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Icon Tower will debut 89 market-rate apartments at 344 South Warren Street in April, 2017.

14 Ne w Uni


A total of 14 luxury units, including one and two-bedroom apartments, a loft-style unit and a penthouse suite are expected to be ready this summer at 110 Walton Street, formerly The Hurbson Building.

52 Ne w Uni


Next summer, The State Tower Building, at 109 South Warren Street, will introduce 52 studio, one and two-bedroom units on the top 13 floors.

24 Ne w Uni


24 new apartments are expected to be move-in ready this summer at The Amos Block, at 208 West Water Street.

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This spring, plans were announced for 77 new apartments at the Chimes Building, located at 500 South Salina Street.

Downtown’s population will increase by 14% when these projects are complete


The Downtown Committee has some of the most forwardthinking, out-of-the-box people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. The wealth of information distributed through the “Think Downtown” publication and Annual Report is extremely helpful, especially when it’s used to educate the naysayers. Keep up the great work! Keep

Survey Says...

The D ow Comm ntown ittee d oes a wonde rf Down ul job enhan to c comm wn, keeping ing unity in the forme positio da n for the ing Downto nd wn future .

The Downtown Committee does a wonderful job of making Downtown attractive and safer, while encouraging an enhanced scope of entertainment venues and restaurants...

Do heade wntown is directio d in a ver y work. n. Keep up positive As the makes trong city ce good nter the en more a tire region ttractiv e.

Praise for the Downtown Committee *Comments provided during our 2015 Constituent Survey, distributed every other year to Downtown stakeholders. The 2015 Survey generated a record 489 responses.

OFFICERS Chair: James V. Breuer, President, Hueber-Breuer Construction Vice Chair: Anthony Fiorito, President, Partnership Properties Secretary: Robert Doucette, President, Armory Development & Management; Partner, Paramount Realty Group Treasurer: Brian Howard, Senior Vice President & Market Manager, Key Private Bank DIRECTORS Peter Dunn, President & CEO, CNY Community Foundation William Fisher, Deputy County Executive, Onondaga County Jo Anne Gagliano, President, edr Companies Edward Koolakian, Owner, Koolakian’s Menswear Donald Lemp, Owner, M. Lemp Jewelers Melanie Littlejohn, Regional Executive: Energy Solution Services, National Grid Andrew Maxwell, Director of Policy and Innovation, City of Syracuse David Nutting, CEO & Chairman, VIP Structures Theresa Slater, President, Empire Interpreting Service, LLC™ Gregg Tripoli, Executive Director, Onondaga Historical Association Benjamin R. Walsh, Business Development Director, Mackenzie Hughes, LLP EX OFFICIO MEMBER Robert M. Simpson, President, CenterState CEO STAFF Merike L. Treier, Executive Director Charles J. McFadden, Director of Operations Laurie Reed, Marketing Director Tom Campanie, Director of Security Heather Schroeder, Economic Development Program Manager Alice Maggiore, Communications Coordinator Bethany Holbrook, Economic Development & Marketing Specialist Kristine Sherlock, Assistant to the Executive Director Gary Peak, Security Officer Bruno Daniele, Security Officer David Kneer, Operations Staff Kevin Stanard, Operations Staff Jake Schrader, Parking Staff Zach Schrader, Parking Staff

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