David Holder

HISTORIC LANDMARK
6:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Optimism Grows for the Future of the Hotel Syracuse

Cover of the Herald Tribune announcing the opening of Hotel Syracuse in 1924
Credit Herald Tribune

It’s been a long time since anyone has danced in the Grand Ballroom or the Persian Terrace at Hotel Syracuse. A series of various ownership changes and financial problems have long plagued the hotel.  Earlier this month though, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took the first steps to prepare to use eminent domain to get the hotel foreclosed and sold to a willing buyer.  A businessman from Camillus wants to rehabilitate the hotel.  If the Hotel Syracuse does re-open, Onondaga County could benefit by booking more conventions at the OnCenter.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
6:26 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Excitement Builds Over Planned Destiny USA Hotel

This parking lot across Hiawatha Boulevard is the proposed site the Destiny USA hotel. The plan is to connect the pedestrian walkway to the hotel.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Syracuse-area tourism officials say the proposed Destiny USA hotel is a great step for generating interest and economic growth in the area.   Destiny officials sent a letter to the county executive and mayor expressing their intentions to build a $75 million, 252-room hotel as part of their master plan.  Convention and Visitors Bureau President David Holder says Destiny as a destination appears to be coming to fruition, and there are still untapped markets.   He says the area is ready for another hotel.

 

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