Village of East Syracuse, New York
The Village of East Syracuse is a former railroad community that had experienced a significant loss of light industrial and manufacturing jobs resulting in an economic decline in its downtown district. While the Village retained compact and walkable neighborhoods, the housing stock began to decline with minimal reinvestment or new construction. To address these conditions the Village completed a Main Street Vision Report, which provided the foundation for economic redevelopment grant awards.
The Village retained Saratoga Associates to prepare a Brownfield Opportunity Area Step 2 Nomination Report. In addition to addressing potentially contaminated sites, the Nomination Report provided analysis of the housing stock and identified opportunities for new economic investment designed to increase home ownership and the resident diversity. The Study also identified redevelopment opportunities for vacant, abandoned and underutilized properties in the downtown; streetscape and pedestrian connection enhancements; green infrastructure improvements; and regulatory recommendations to facilitate improved compatibility between industrial uses and residential neighborhoods.