Mayor Walsh to announce ‘Syracuse Surge’ projects, which includes renovation of Central Tech

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Students all over Onondaga County might have the chance to enroll in an arts-focused high school in Downtown Syracuse.

The school is one of the newest proposals to revitalize the old Central Tech building near Warren and Adams Streets.

The ‘Syracuse Surge’ plan has been kept under the radar, but it’s been in the works for several months — and involves a lot of key players.

Since Central Tech closed in 1975, the doors have been locked, some windows boarded up, but the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County are planning to bring it back.

City councilor Susan Boyle wants to see the space revitalized into a STEAM school– Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

The building itself is a city building, but the school would be county-wide. 

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh will delve into his Syracuse Surge plan further on Thursday during his State of the City address. 

The Surge is a grouping of projects that are either almost completed, already underway or still to come, with the goal of bringing back impoverished neighborhoods. 

It involves a wide range– expanding the Tech Garden, enhancing public housing projects and the conversion of streetlights to a smart lamp system, which is already underway. 

Walsh will deliver his address on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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