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Hawley Green Open Houses
4:47 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

New Business Owners in Hawley-Green Optimistic About Struggling Neighborhood

A brightly-colored exterior of the Wine @ 105 shop shows some of the investment and business growth that's going into the area.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  Three relatively new businesses in the Hawley-Green Neighborhood of Syracuse held a joint ‘open house’ today to gain a little more exposure.  The business owners see the once-struggling area as ‘on the way up.’  They also got a bit of a helping hand to be part of the area’s revitalization.  Tim Ahart owns the Wine at 105 store…and feels they opened at the right time.

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REAL ESTATE
6:39 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Syracuse Land Bank Opens Bidding for First "Deconstructions"

611 Park Street is one of the properties set for deconstruction. Bidding for it and two other houses ends July 23.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

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.

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ONONDAGA LAKE IMPROVEMENT
2:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Onondaga Lake Amphitheater, West Shore Revitalization Plans Unveiled

A rendering of the proposed Lakeview Amphitheater.
Credit Onondaga County

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. 

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ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO AT 100
11:51 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Syracuse Zoo Turns 100 and Officials Credit Community Support

The improved Asian Elephant Exhibit is one of the new additions that has helped attendance reach 350,000 to 370,000 visitors a year.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  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.”

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Erie Canal Trail
10:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

A Different Way to Traverse the Erie Canal: Veteran Through-Hiking It

Scott Armstrong plans to walk the entire Erie Canal trail this summer.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

CORRECTION: WAER HAS UPDATED THIS STORY TO CORRECT  THE NAME OF SCOTT 'ATLAS' BENJAMIN.

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