City of Syracuse to redevelop vacant retail, commercial properties

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) Syracuse’s Business Development team is hosting a public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, to discuss how residents can be a part of revitalizing vacant commercial and retail buildings.

An initiative launched back in May — the City of Syracuse Commercial Corridors Study — aims to re-purpose empty buildings, some in disrepair, that once served as thriving businesses. The study will run through November.

“Tonight’s meeting is going to be a great way to give us feedback on things that [residents] want to see happen in these neighborhood business districts,” said Eric Ennis, business development director for the city of Syracuse. “Not just specifically retail and different uses for property but we really like to know where you’re seeing a lot of buildup of trash along these corridors or from an aesthetics standpoint — how could we better improve how the neighborhood corridor looks?”

During the public meeting — the business development team wants to hear from people living in Syracuse near or around vacant commercial or retail locations.

Ennis says the mayor’s office will no longer stand back and watch vacant businesses go undeveloped, be vandalized or fall delinquent on taxes.

The public meeting will be held at the City Hall Commons.

A brief workshop will be part of the meeting.

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