Downtown Syracuse

Welcome to The 315

Mar 7, 2018

The 315 is a brand new WAER original podcast hosted by Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss. The purpose of The 315 is to foster a positive view of the region by highlighting local individuals, businesses, and organization that are bringing life to the Syracuse area. 

On the first episode we get a guided tour of the new Redhouse Arts Center and talk about what this new space means for downtown Syracuse and the arts community.

Visit The 315 Facebook Page for a visual tour of the new Redhouse Arts Center.

Have you shared an opinion with others or on social media about the bad things we have to deal with living here?  Or perhaps you’ve come to the defense of our CNY lifestyle? Believe in Syracuse (BIS) founder, John DeSantis created this organization to address this debate.  

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Have you ever wanted to attend an ice block party outside in the cold?  Maybe you never thought of it, but you’ll get your chance next month at the 34th Syracuse Winterfest.  President Bill Cooper says the location for the block party is outside the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

“Well, they’re making a huge ice-bar which will be featured for the cold-spell.  Then, they’re blocking-off Warren Street with food trucks, a warming tent, entertainment… culminating with fireworks off the parking garage."

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Syracuse residents rallied today to change the Interstate-81 overpass to a road system known as a “community grid”. They say that the I-81 overpass fragments and segregates the city. Robert Doucette is a member of “ReThink 81”, an organization pushing for the community grid. He says grid proponents are eager to see the results of a city-sponsored study on the overpass.

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An event that highlights 'gathering together as a community', with music and culture will fill Hanover Square in Downtown Syracuse July 28th and 28th.  The Stage of Nations Ecofest organizers hope the event is entertaining and healing.

One Syracuse mayoral candidate has a vision for the city’s west side to address poverty and improve education. Syracuse native Alfonso Davis is seeking the Democratic Party nomination.  Davis has made a priority of easing socio-economic troubles in poorer neighborhoods, coming from poverty himself.  He empathizes with frustrations people on the west side might feel.

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The former Excellus Building on South Warren Street in Syracuse marked a milestone today as Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul cut the ribbon on its transformation into a mixed-use space called Icon Tower.

“This project, vacant for nine years, sort of taunting people as they walk by, saying the best was in the past.  And then you have true believers who say, ‘no, this building can be part of the downtown comeback’.”

The state chipped in $2.3 million for the $20 million project. Developer Grazi Zazzara says they had no trouble leasing the 89 apartments…

Onondaga County Lawmakers approved the sale of “Lot 17” today, which is perhaps better known as the parking lot used for the Oncenter downtown. The law approved the sale of the nearly three acre lot to the local developer PEMCO for $2.5 million.  Legislature Chair Ryan McMahon said the developer plans to build a $135 million complex, including student housing, restaurants and retail space.

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In celebration of Earth Day, Central New Yorkers will have the chance on Saturday to visit more than 20 sites across Onondaga County to see how they’re using renewable energy.  We chose three of them and are starting with with a geothermal system underneath the pike block in downtown Syracuse.

President of IPD engineering Sam Cosamano walked through a series of doors to the mechanical room in the basement of the Witherell building.

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  A ribbon cutting at a small restaurant near downtown Syracuse took place Tuesday. The simple business event might also have some cultural and neighborhood resonance.