The Greater Syracuse Land Bank is hoping to deal with its most blighted properties in a more sustainable way by having them deconstructed and recycled instead of demolished and sent to a landfill. The first round of bids includes three houses for deconstruction, and organizers are hoping that the pilot program will grow and result in a boost for jobs and job training opportunities in Onondaga County. Interested contractors attended an information session Thursday, and were able to inspect any of the three homes up for bid.
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney unveiled preliminary plans Wendesday for a $100 million revitalization of the west shore of Onondaga Lake. It was the first and possibly only public meeting on the massive project, which was first announced in late January with a visit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
People who visit or take their families to Onondaga County’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo can make a day of it. The might not have been the case when it first opened 100 years ago. It’s grown a bit, from what Joanie Mahoney calls modest beginnings.
“A couple of bears and a few waterfowl, and it was four acres. To put that into perspective for you who are here to see the animals at the zoo, we’re now on 43 acres with 700 animals, so there has been a lot that has happened in the last 100 years.”
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is hoping visitors get in the spirit of their centennial celebration by supporting some of the animals’ native habitats. Friends of the Zoo has launched a fundraising effort called “100 cents for 100 years” to conserve endangered species. In exchange for a donation of a dollar or more, guests will receive a unique zoo wrist band. Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini says they want to do greater good beyond our borders.