Project proposal could knock out landmark establishments in Marshall Square

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Marshall Square, the center of the social world for Syracuse University students, could soon be getting a huge makeover.

At Monday’s meeting, the planning committee unanimously approved the project site review for demolition and construction. 

There are three separate projects involved in the renovation of the square on the Hill.

The projects are in the planning, including a national veteran’s complex on the corner of Crouse Ave. and Marshall St.

Nearby, a hi-rise could bring down old favorites— Varsity Pizza and Faegan’s.

Further down South Crouse Avenue, another hot-spot, Chuck’s, and neighboring businesses would have to be torn down to make way for apartments. Some might be offered space for retail on the bottom floor.

“They are pretty iconic buildings and they do attract a lot of students to campus. I think that is something that people come here for is the atmosphere and the culture…and those institutions are a very big part of this culture,” said SU sophomore Daniel Strauss.

“The effect for the surrounding area and just the impact it will have on people who have already been there, who are committed to being there; to not give considerations to their concerns would be negligent,” said Syracuse Common Councilor Khalid Bey.

Common Councilors representing the area are receptive to new development. They echo concerns about traffic and parking, and access for emergency vehicles in narrow passageways.

With plans for a veteran’s complex nearby, would more big development around Marshall Square work?

“People safety, bike traffic as well as people traffic…all that needs to be planned accordingly,” said Common Councilor Nader Maroun.
 

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