Downtown Committee

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The past year gave the Downtown Committee of Syracuse something to celebrate at its annual meeting yesterday.  About 350 members of the group gathered at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown to review the district’s growth from a 9 to 5 office center into a community.  Executive director Merike Treier told the crowd it’s been a busy year, with more to come.

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Downtown Dining week is aiming to keep restaurants busy as usual this time of year.  Starting February 15th, 32 participating restaurants will offer three course meals for $25 dollars or less.  It’s the most participation from businesses the event has ever experienced during its 13 year run.  Executive Director of the Downtown Committee, Merike Treier says the event attracts customers from all over Central New York for high quality, fine dining.

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  More than 100 people turned out on Tuesday morning to learn how entrepreneurs are starting and growing businesses here in Syracuse.  Troy Evans is co-founder of Common Space –a downtown apartment development joining work and living areas.  The idea builds off of a business model Evans saw where small businesses shared the same space.

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There might finally be some movement to re-develop the long-vacant former NYNEX building in Syracuse across from city hall.  Common councilors today approved a $700,000 settlement with the owner…even though Isaac Jacobowitz of Brooklyn owes about $2 million in overdue property taxes and penalties. 

   Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development Ben Walsh says now the clock is ticking…

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  People in downtown Syracuse will be covered by the watchful eye of crime cameras in more places from this point forward.  The Downtown Committee had a little different reason to seek out the high-tech crime fighting tools.

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 Central New Yorkers curious about living downtown will get their chance to see what it has to offer this weekend. A self-guided walking tour is being put on this Saturday that opens the doors to 8 different buildings from apartments to condos. Executive Director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse Merike  Treier says downtown has a lot of housing to offer.

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  Syracuse residents might be coming out of hibernation early this year, for the 11th annual Downtown Dining Weeks that start Monday. Some new restaurants have joined on along with old favorites, making for a record number of participants.

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Wednesday's Jazz in the City event, held at Perseverance Park at Salina and Fayette streets, was kind of blue. In the jazz realm, that's always a good thing.

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  Downtown Syracuse is in the midst of a renaissance. The number of people living downtown continues to grow by double digits each year. But the city is still missing one thing… a full service supermarket. 

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An observer of population trends and urban issues says Syracuse appears to be on the right path toward making its downtown a more thriving place.

Matt Carmichael is editor of livability.com, and was the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the Downtown Committee. 

Downtown Committee Executive Director Merike Treier says downtown's growth seems to be spreading or strenghening nearby neighborhoods previously disconnected from the city's core, like the Inner Harbor and Franklin Square. 

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