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Pike Block among highlights of Downtown Living tour

The Downtown Living Tour will soon arrive, giving Central New Yorkers and opportunity to see what kind of homes could await them in the heart of the Salt City. Tickets are now on sale for those who want to participate in the Downtown Living Tour in Syracuse.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The Downtown Living Tour will soon arrive, giving Central New Yorkers and opportunity to see what kind of homes could await them in the heart of the Salt City.

Tickets are now on sale for those who want to participate in the Downtown Living Tour in Syracuse.

Developers say the downtown area is becoming increasingly popular – and not just among young professionals.

“I think there's an influx of people who have decided they probably don't need their yard anymore, they don't need a big house anymore, and they're deciding they want to live downtown as well. So not only is it young professionals, which we certainly expect to be the bulk of the business, but an awful lot of older folks are looking now, too,” said CEO of VIP Development Associates Dave Nutting.

One of the brand new Pike Block buildings will have apartments move-in ready by June 1, and nearly all of those apartments have already been claimed.

The Downtown Committee of Syracuse says $265 million in development is happening, mostly for residential units – and many of them can be viewed during the Downtown Living Tour.

The tour will begin at Pike Block, followed by two stops in either direction that are under construction – on one side, apartments, and on the other, the Marriott in Armory Square.

“The downtown living tour is a way for you to get a sneak peak at all of these developments that are transforming Downtown Syracuse and so much of that transformation is from taking underutilized or vacant buildings and turning them into residential units,” said Lisa Romeo of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse.

Many of the apartments at Pike Block incorporate the building’s history – keeping in place the wrought iron railings and reusing the wood from the old beams as decorations.

“What's really neat about this next chapter of downtown is those places that already have strong memories attached to them are feeling new life in a different way. Something that to my grandmother was a department store is now somebody's home,” Romeo said.

2,100 people bought tickets for last year’s tour.

This year, the tour will be Saturday, May 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. To sign up, CLICK HERE.

There are eight tour stops in all.
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