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Action at Syracuse's Symphony Place

City and University gather to discuss big leap or next step for connective corridor:

Syracuse University (SU) is hoping that if they build it - people will use it. "It" is the connective corridor.

Marilyn Higgins told the Syracuse Common Council on Thursday Aug. 28 that Syracuse University would guarantee the $2,000,000 promised by the state to create an interactive streetscape, outside Symphony Place (SP) in downtown Syracuse. SP is the tower across the street from the Hotel Syracuse that is being converted into 75 upscale apartments (to be completed this October, early November).

Syracuse Common Councilor, Michael Heagerty, presided over that SP economic development meeting. Also in attendance were Counciler Van Robinson, Councilor Patrick Hogan, David Michael from the city's economic development department, as well as Higgins representing SU.

"Basically nice to hear that SU has guaranteed this money, whether they get the state money or not," Pat Hogan said.

The firm that won the connective corridor competition, Barton and Loguidice, P.C. (BL), was working on this particular piece of the project with Upstate, a design firm within SU's School of Architecture (SOA), housed in The Warehouse on West Fayette in Armory Square. The SOA's Web site defines Upstate as a design, research and advocacy organization. Its mission is to engage innovative design and development practices addressing critical issues of urban revitalization in the city of Syracuse and the upstate region.

You want world class design, you work with world class designers, Higgins said introducing Julia Czerniak from SOA's Upstate. Czerniak presented a plan for the streetscape on the block of East Onondaga Street between Salina and Warren Street. Architecturally, it is between the Hotel Syracuse and its former tower.

Connective corridor bus stops and some signage is in place already. This project would essentially be the first formal installation of the connective corridor, which is an interactive, urban, travel-fare connecting the university and city. The plan presented was projected to cost $2,000,000. SOA's Upstate created the design plan at no cost to the city or BL.

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