• Downtown Development Recap- 2011 Edition

    Two old ladies were the headliners for downtown development last year.  Mark Croce’s purchase and investment in the Statler and Rocco Termini’s ongoing work at the Hotel Lafayette are significant in themselves.  To have both properties rescued from an uncertain future, at the same time, is great news for the city.

    Croce purchased the Statler in March.  The Niagara Square landmark was tied up in bankruptcy court and would have been mothballed or even demolished if a buyer was not found.  Croce’s vision for the property ia to reopen the building’s lower floors for retail, restaurant and banquet use and put residential, hotel and office space into the building’s upper floors as the market allows.  Read more ›

  • Ellicott Development Starts Work on Graystone, Three Other Projects

    Ellicott Development has started work to restore the historic Graystone Hotel.  It is one of four projects the prolific developer is beginning in coming weeks.

    Opened in 1897, the former Berkeley Hotel at 24 S. Johnson Park was designed by Carlton Strong.  Ellicott Development purchased the property in March 2002.  The distinctive building is an early example of reinforced concrete construction.   A hole in its roof resulting from a construction accident in 2003 left many wondering if the property was doomed.

    “Crews are doing the environmental work right now,” says Bill Paladino, Chief Executive Officer of Ellicott Development. Read more ›

  • Kaleida Health Plans to Lease the Squier Mansion

    Kaleida Health is planning to move its Family Planning Center into the Squier Mansion at 1313 Main Street from its current location at 1001 Humboldt Parkway. Many will remember the mansion was a demolition candidate not long ago. In fact, demolition actually began before a stop order was approved. A portion of the exterior wall was knocked out, but thankfully the demolition was halted before extensive damage could occur.

    The building was built in the Italianate style around 1860 and survives as the only intact example of an Italianate mansion built on Main Street. It was originally known as the Robinson mansion, because it was built by Alanson Robinson, who later sold the property to George Squier. In 1886 the Squier family built an additional building to the rear of the mansion which no longer remains because it suffered fire and extensive roof damage. Read more ›

  • Tops Market one step closer

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tops Supermarkets is a step closer to opening a store on the south side of Syracuse early next year. If approved, the proposed store will be located in Valley Plaza on South Salina Street.

    Tuesday, members of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency approved the re-allocation of $275,000 in state funding. The re-allocation needs approval by the state and a public hearing will be scheduled next month.

    “We’re going to go back, asking to reallocate the money. We have every indication that will happen. And, there will be a $275,000 grant to the Tops project,” said William Ryan, SIDA Chairman. Read more ›


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