With tremendous support from New York State and Onondaga County, the NWSI has successfully redeveloped 225,000 square feet of abandoned building stock and attracted 225 new jobs to the neighborhood.
Lincoln Supply Building
In 2010, The NWSI purchased a 40,000 square foot, 100 year-old warehouse and renovated it, adding 10 live/work artist lofts on the top two floors and two commercial spaces on the first two floors. The Lincoln Building earned the distinction of being the first LEED-Platinum certified mid-rise building in the U.S. Today, the Lincoln Building is home to La Casita, a Latino cultural center for neighborhood residents, and CNY Care Collaborative, a regional health-care partnership.
Case Supply Building
The NWSI also attracted the region’s public television station, WCNY, from the suburbs. WCNY built a new 55,000 square foot headquarters facility in the neighborhood in the formerly abandoned Case Supply Warehouse. NWSI received a $6 million New Market Tax Credit transaction, the largest of its kind in upstate New York’s history. The Case Supply Building is also home to the nation’s largest literacy organization, ProLiteracy International.
13 new market-rate apartments and 6,000 square feet of commercial space are currently under construction by the NWSI in the Case building. Additional funds have been secured from New York State Senator John DeFrancisco to build a new $1.5m warehouse community theater and performance facility for local arts organizations. The space will feature two rehearsal studios as well as a 130 person black-box theater. Construction on the theater is expected to begin in late 2016.
Other commercial investment:
Commercial tenets King and King Architectural firm and Steri-Pharma also relocated to the Near Westside. Steri-Pharma, a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, was assisted in repurposing an abandoned factory and putting it back into production. They invested $22 million in the facility and hired many neighborhood residents.