Housing Visions

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Re-purposing  old factory or office buildings in Syracuse into mixed use residential and retail space is nothing new.  But in Cortland Wednesday, officials broke ground on one of the first developments of that kind…the $16 million Crescent Commons on Main street.  

Developer David Yaman says retail tenants and 47 apartments will fill some of the massive 150,000 square foot space that was once home to Crescent Corset when it opened in 1923.

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a project aimed at bringing affordable housing to distinct neighborhoods on both ends of Salina Street.  The nearly $15 million, 49 unit Salina Crossing project is unique in that it encompasses ten scattered site properties.  The northside anchor is a 20-unit building that occupies the site of the old Otisca building.  Housing Visions Vice President Ben Lockwood says they and their partners took a big risk to tear it down before they even had a plan.

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Three years and nearly $15 million later, 10 scattered properties on Syracuse’s north and south sides are about to be built or rehabilitated into high quality affordable housing.  A groundbreaking for the Salina Crossing project was held Friday.    The centerpiece will be a mixed-use building on the former site of the once grand Otisca building on North McBride street, which fell into disrepair and was ultimately demolished. Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development Paul Driscoll says the hardest part is finished…

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Navy veteran Sonny Carelli wanted to make something clear right off the bat at Friday’s ribbon cutting of VanKeuren Square on E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

"This is not a halfway house, this is not transitional living.  This is our home.  You screw up here, make the landlord angry, she'll kick you out.  Don't pay your rent?  You'll get kicked out."