Chamber moves into North Syracuse village center

— The former North Syracuse post office is coming to life again after sitting vacant for a year.

The North Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, formerly known as the Plank Road Chamber of Commerce, has moved into the building. The chamber is located in the back office of the former North Syracuse post office, 201 South Main St., Suite 101, but the phone number is the same as it was (458-4181).

The move comes with the name change, according to chamber executive director Margaret DeLeo.

“We changed the name because we found that a lot of people didn’t know what Plank Road meant, especially the younger people. They’d get confused,” DeLeo said. “Now that it’s North Syracuse, people know where it is. And it’s not just North Syracuse – it’s North Syracuse, Mattydale and Hinsdale. And because our name is now the North Syracuse chamber, it’s important that we have a North Syracuse address.”

The post office has been vacant since the U.S. Postal Service closed it down in January of 2011. Village Mayor Mark Atkinson said the property was recently purchased, and the new owner is renovating and subdividing the building. Atkinson said he’s pleased to see the chamber come into the village.

“I think it’s great. It’s a great location in the middle of the village,” he said. “The name change is more reflective of the people that they serve in this area. There’s a lot of recognition with the name. I’m looking forward to working with the chamber in their new location.”

Atkinson said the chamber’s move into the property is a step toward the redevelopment of the village center, an integral part of his goal for North Syracuse.

“We have three vacant buildings in the center of the village right now,” Atkinson said. “As part of our Village Center Plan, we’ll work with anyone who wants to move forward with redeveloping those buildings. We’re doing everything we can to help fill these buildings. For the village to be healthy, the village center has to be healthy.”

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