The city of Syracuse's economic development committee chair, Councilor at Large Kathleen Joy found the process of dealing with developer Richard H. Sykes Jr. of RHS Holdings refreshing. There doesn't appear to be a hidden agenda in the $31million proposal.
For two years RHS has been planning to construct two Marriott Hotels - a Courtyard and a Residence Inn in Syracuse's historic Armory Square district. Joy said the developer really did its homework resulting in a well thought out, viable plan.
"We can really get excited about the potential here," she said. Are there parking issues? Yes, Joy said, but also this is always a hurdle with any development project. And the committee was told there is under-utilized space in the Washington Street Garage and the Atrium Garage.
Where is the project and what will it look like?
The hotel project, which will also include first floor retail space, a pool and fitness facility, will be erected on the parking lot that sits on the northwest corner of Fayette and Franklins Streets - at 300 Fayette St.
David Schlosser of Schopfer Architects outlined the building plans for the city's economic development committee in City Hall's common council chambers on Wednesday, Aug. 6. Keep in mind that Schlosser's firm also designed Center Armory that was also once a parking lot. Schopfer also designed the renovations for Science Museum The MOST and the former Gray Brothers Shoe Factory at 200-202 Walton St. on the northwest corner of Franklin and Walton in Armory Square, where the nightclub OHM is located (the former Styleens Rhythm Palace). He said his company recently worked on a Marriott in Lake Placid and will be renovating the Hilton in that mountain resort village as well.
Schlosser said the Syracuse project will be two buildings, 366 linear feet, with six stories scaled down to blend with the historic district of Armory Square.