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Downtown Committee names top 10 of 2010

The Downtown Committee's top 10 highlights of 2010 focus on renovation, growth and development, and barbeque. You know, the basics.

Here is the DC's list of the 10 biggest and best happenings of the last year, in no particular order:

Landmark Theatre renovations begin

The Landmark Theatre began its $16 million stagehouse expansion project in October, and is scheduled for completion this fall. A larger backstage area means larger touring companies, and is expected to double the number of nights the theater is in use.

Urban Outfitters opens

Urban Outfitters opened its Armory Square store, and its first CNY location, in August in the historic McArthur, Cooney and Wirth Building on Walton Street.

Downtown Revitalization Grants turn $230k into $4.2m

Here are the numbers: In 2010, 16 projects were funded by $230,738 in revitalization grants, which project to more than $4.2 million in downtown investment. An additional $225,000 was awarded to six projects currently under construction that total more than $7.1 million in downtown investment.

Downtown Farmers' Market relocates

The Downtown Farmers' Market relocated to Clinton Square, first temporarily while its former location was renovated. But the new Clinton Square location was so well received that it became the permanent home of the Downtown Farmers' Market.

LEED-certified buildings crop up

Washington Station and the CNY Philanthropy Center joined the Jefferson Clinton Commons as LEED-Certified buildings in downtown Syracuse. Washington Station opened in August and houses O'Brien and Gere; the CNY Philanthropy Center opened in November and is the headquarters of the Central New York Community Foundation, as well as other local non-profits.

Record volunteer effort in downtown

Spring clean-up efforts helped the Downtown Committee draw its largest number of volunteers for a single event, ever. More than 500 trash bags were filled by the March 20 pre-NCAA and the April 17 Earth Day cleaning crews.

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