Hotel Syracuse

John Smith, WAER News

The renovations of the former Hotel Syracuse are ongoing inside and out and the sunshine beamed inside of two completed rooms that were unveiled today.  The Hotel will become a Marriot.  The Owner's Manager Member, Ed Riley is largely credited with saving the hotel.  He says the wooden doors leading to the rooms date back to 1924 and are being refurbished locally by Stickley.

Planned Re-opening of Former Hotel Syracuse Brings the Old and New Together

Oct 13, 2015
Francis Sirois / WAER

  It was a meeting of the past and the present on Tuesday between general managers of a downtown Syracuse landmark.  Spencer Wallace ran the former Hotel Syracuse from 1964 to 1984, before it ran into financial trouble. He was joined by the general manager of what will become the Marriott downtown Syracuse, and the 92-year-old reminisced about the role the hotel played in the community.

Scott Willis, WAER News

    The company heading the restoration of the former Hotel Syracuse knows many Central New Yorkers have stories about proms, holiday parties, weddings, and other events held at the historic landmark.  Now, they want to hear about those memories, along with any photos.  Hotel Syracuse Restoration Chief Financial Officer Al Gough says most will likely end up on the website  But he says some could become part of the new hotel.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  The renovation of the historic Hotel Syracuse will also bring with it a new name.  The announcement came Thursday in the dusty lobby from Hotel Owner Ed Riley.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  A crowd of about 600 hopeful workers showed up today to the first job fair hosted by the company renovating the Hotel Syracuse. David Major of Liverpool says he needs the job and would be glad to be back downtown.

“I’d love to work here.  This is a historic place.  I’ve been to weddings here and things, very nice place.  I think it’s good for the city that they’re doing it.  I used to work at the Oncenter- War Memorial.  I’ve always been downtown; downtown’s great.  I love it down here.”

Mark Bialczak

  When my friend Theresa Constantine told me how she'd signed up as a tour guide for the Onondaga Historical Association's walk through the Hotel Syracuse set up for the last weekend of 2014 and asked if I'd like to tag along as her back-of-the-pack support, I jumped.

Central New York once again walked away with one of the most lucrative awards from the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Sweepstakes Thursday.  $80 million will help projects ranging from hotels and apartment development… to small businesses and the inner harbor.

John Smith/WAER News

For the past few days, the New York State Urban Council hosted its annual Conference for a look into Syracuse’s Community programs and how new businesses revitalize Urban cities.  The first day led out of town guests on a guided tour through Syracuse. They are city planners and economic developers from all across the State.  Executive Director, Adria Finch gives us a glimpse of what they saw.

Scott Willis / WAER News

The renovation of older buildings in Syracuse and Upstate New York could face a more uncertain future without a popular economic development tool.  Those hoping to save the federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit form the chopping block in Congress gathered Tuesday in the Persian Terrace at the Hotel Syracuse to sound the alarm.  The hotel’s lead developer Ed Riley has his credit already in hand, and says the project wouldn’t be possible without it.

  The Hotel Syracuse is now in the hands of a developer who plans to reopen it.  No one has rented a room there in more than a decade…but city leaders are optimistic that will change, after the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took possession, then transferred it over.