Coming Soon! Performance Park + Case Theater

Performance Park The Near Westside Initiative is excited to announce the development of Performance Park, an integral component to the ongoing revitalization of the Near Westside neighborhood located. The project will include outdoor performance space, public exercise equipment, parking that will enable the attraction of additional jobs and residents to the Case Building, and an[…]

As others left, they came to one of Syracuse’s poorest neighborhoods to build a future

By Marnie Eisenstadt | The house at 721 Otisco St. was a shell. It had been set on fire four times. And still, someone had scrawled “Burn Me” in black on a board covering one of the broken windows. The message: Try harder. Every window was broken. The Victorian details were covered by decades[…]

Syracuse’s saddest building becomes a pop of light: The Gear Factory’s promise

By Marnie Eisenstadt | Syracuse, N.Y. — The Gear Factory building glowed on the city’s western edge, a five-story flash bulb stuck on. On a recent night, someone had left the lights on in the renovated factory. It has 120 windows and the light bounced from pane to pane. This month, the building officially[…]

NYS Main Street Grant Brings New Opportunity to W. Fayette Street

By Constance Foster There are exciting changes in the works for West Fayette Street. The Near Westside Initiative was recently awarded a New York Main Street Grant from the New York State Office of Community Renewal. The grant will focus on the stretch of West Fayette between West and Geddes Streets, awarding funding for property[…]

Near Westside Initiative recognized by U.S. Green Building Council

The Near Westside Initiative, a not-for-profit organization housed in Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The award will be presented during the USGBC’s annual[…]


Once Sherman’s Restaurant, the blue abandoned building on Wyoming Street is now “SALT Quarters” housing an Artist-in-Residence program, two apartments, three studio spaces and a gallery. All of this was possible through a grant received by Art Place – a national foundation committed to transforming communities through art and cultural projects. The NWSI was one[…]