to combine the power of art, technology, and innovation with neighborhood values and culture to revitalize Syracuse’s Near Westside.
Diverse cultures will converge and thrive on the Near Westside. Residents will help design and become fully vested in the project. The revitalization will be fueled by interdisciplinary scholarship, international connections, and the seed capital and commitment of Syracuse University. It will be sustained by the residents, businesses, foundations, and the local government of Syracuse. A community of artists and innovators will become property owners within a cluster of renovated warehouses and new structures centering in and around West and Wyoming Streets, creating a link between the Near Westside and Armory Square.
Many new and/or renovated homes will be constructed for owner occupancy throughout the neighborhood. The historic architecture of this, the oldest neighborhood in Syracuse, will be preserved whenever possible. New construction and neighborhood planning will demonstrate sustainability in urban design and serve as a test bed for green and clean technologies emerging from the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. The project will create jobs, home ownership opportunities, and beautiful public spaces for the people who live in the neighborhood. A vital neighborhood association will be the catalyst for creating bridges between new and current residents, students, and businesses involved in this effort.