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Tour Headquarters: Icon Tower

344 S. Warren Street

Icon Tower

The Icon Companies recently completed 89 market-rate apartments on floors three through ten of the former headquarters for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. Icon Tower currently houses the greatest number of market-rate apartments in any one building located throughout Downtown Syracuse.

Residents will enjoy modern luxuries such as generous kitchen islands, hard 10’ ceilings with recessed lighting, a host of stainless steel appliances, plank flooring and a washer and dryer in each unit. There will be four furnished overnight rooms available for tenants’ guests or families, available to rent nightly or weekly.

All tenants will have access to a rooftop fitness center, and patio where they will be able to enjoy outdoor seating and grilling. There is storage available on every floor, and select floors even include ice machines – just like what you're used to seeing in a hotel! Dogs and cats are also welcome residents. In fact, all tenants with furry friends will have access to a pet washing and bathing station located in utility rooms, located on every floor. The building’s second floor is home to 27,000 square feet of Class A Office space.  


Tour Stop: 311 Montgomery Apartments

311 Montgomery Street

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Built in 1895, 311 Montgomery Street was originally designed for the Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Building. Designed by architect Henry W. Wilkinson – the same architect who designed the building that now houses the Onondaga Historical Association located next door – 311 Montgomery Street was one of the first commercial buildings constructed between the blocks of Fayette and Jefferson Streets. The property’s connection to an early local communications company, plus the high quality of Wilkinson’s architectural composition – which features decorative brick work and terra cotta ornamentation - has earned it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

311 Montgomery Street was given to the Onondaga Historical Association in 1906, which used it as a research and collections storage facility until 2005.

In the present day, the building remains a mixed-use property. The first floor is the home of the law offices of Lourdes R. Roasario, Esq. The second floor features an open floor plan ideal for residential or office accommodations, featuring a fireplace and one bathroom. On the floors above, there are four unique luxurious apartments, each tailored to a different living experience.

Tour Stop: State Tower Building

109 South Warren Street

ST 300When the State Tower Building was established in 1927, it was the tallest building in New York State. Ninety years later, the State Tower Building remains the tallest building in the City of Syracuse.  

Built in 1927, the State Tower Building still holds the distinction of being the tallest building in Central New York. Its Art Deco design by architects Thompson and Churchill set a precedent for iconic buildings that followed - including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building in New York City. The structure features a unique “wedding cake” design with floor plates decreasing in size in sections as the building rises and the exterior brick color transitions from darker to lighter to accentuate the building's height and elegance. Standing 315 feet tall, residents will be treated to unparalleled views of Downtown Syracuse.

Local developer Pioneer Companies purchased the building in March, 2016 with a vision of restoring the iconic structure to its original glory. In addition to repairing the masonry façade, upgrading the lower seven floors into class-A office space, and making significant structural and system upgrades, Pioneer will transform the upper 14 floors of the building to include 63 high-end residential units. Expected to be complete in October, 2017, State Tower residents will enjoy the comforts and conveniences of luxury city living. All units will be equipped with new, operable, historically accurate windows and original entry doors. They’ll feature stunning vistas, modern layouts and deluxe amenities. 

Tour Stop: 235 East Water Street

235 East Water Street                                                                       235 E Water

Set in historic Hanover Square – the oldest neighborhood in the City of Syracuse – 235 East Water Street’s presence dates back to the early 1800s. Its location between Water Street and the Erie Canal gave the building a starring role as a double-ender building in the Erie Canal era. The back of the building was positioned directly alongside the canal so that goods could be loaded and unloaded through large doors on the second floor onto canal boats. The front of the building, facing Water Street, was an ornate storefront - designed to attract customers to buy the goods recently unloaded from the canal. This way, Syracuse merchants could receive and sell and goods efficiently and inexpensively.

Syracuse’s Erie Canal Museum will host the World Canals Conference this September. Just think, as you walk through the charming brick walls and admire original gears on the ceiling, you’re stepping back in time and through history. 

Tour Stop: Herald Commons

220 Herald Place                                                                                                     Herald Commons Rendering 2

Herald Commons, soon to be the new home of 27 apartments, was formerly the home of the Herald Journal for 43 years. Established in 1928, the brick building printed the paper – which became the “Syracuse Herald Journal” after merging with the Syracuse Journal in 1939 – and The Post Standard before both papers moved one block away in 1971.

The Horn Companies closed on the space in 2015 and have made quick work to transform what was most recently office space into spacious, mostly two-bedroom units.

There is 8,000 square feet of retail space – which could possibly include a restaurant – available on the first floor, with an additional 8,000 square feet available for office space.

In tribute to the building’s history, the Horn Companies plan to install a replica of the Syracuse Herald sign that sat on the building's roof for many years.


Tour Stop: The DIETZ 

225 Wilkinson Street                                                                                      
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The DIETZ Lantern Factory is a historic mixed-use building featuring 92 modern luxury lofts and commercial space. Located just outside of Downtown Syracuse in the Park Avenue neighborhood, the building once housed a lantern company by the same name. The family-owned R.E. Dietz Lantern Company was a national and international leader in the design and manufacture of portable lighting equipment for more than 131 years! 

Loft residents at The Dietz will enjoy a unique blend of history and high-style luxury in the warming bricks-and-beams building. The lofts' modern luxuries include gourmet kitchens with kitchen islands nd granite countertops, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, customized California Closets®, oversized custom windows and private in-loft laundry. 

The Dietz also includes state-of-the-art amenities for its residents, including on-site, underground parking with direct elevator access to the residential floors. There is also a bi-level fitness studio, outdoor courtyard with grills, board room, community room, business center and entertainment/gaming lounge. Residents will have access to  bike storage, a valet dry-cleaning service and pet washing stations. The Lofts are a pet-friendly community located across the street from Leavenworth Park. 


Tour Stop: Jefferson Clinton Commons

211 W. Jefferson Street                                                                            Jefferson Clinton Commons 400

Catch a glimpse of two luxury condos currently on the market! 

Located in Armory Square, Jefferson Clinton Commons is a mixed-use project, built to LEED Certification by Washington St. Partners, Inc. in 2009. It utilizes environmentally-responsible, “green” building methods and ideologies.  The building construction incorporates a super high-efficiency HVAC system, enhanced insulation, high efficiency fixtures and sustainable products, providing considerable energy savings for both homeowners and tenants. There are 18 residential condominium units on the third and fourth floors, and Eric Mower + Associates and Sugarman Law Firm occupies commercial space on the first and second floors.

Jefferson Clinton Commons’ project’s location in the NYS Empire Zone offers a 10-year real estate tax abatement for condo owners.

Jefferson Clinton Commons offers a concierge package to residents and commercial tenants that includes amenities such as cleaning services, dry cleaning, meal order and delivery, restaurant reservations and more – all due to a unique partnership with the Jefferson Clinton Hotel across the street. Tenants may also use the Jefferson Clinton Hotel’s gym for free.

There is surface and garage parking available for 280 cars.

Tour Stop: The Chimes Building 

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500 South Salina Street                                          

The Chimes Building – which many Syracuse natives remember got its name for the musical chimes that sat on top of it– was designed by Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, the same architectural firm that designed the Empire State Building in New York City. Fun Fact: The Chimes Building opened in 1929, two years before the Empire State Building.

Perched on the corner of South Salina and West Onondaga Streets, the building stands 12-stories high. Note its modest Art Deco features. It was once one of the most prominent office buildings in Syracuse.

The Chimes rang every 15 minutes, and would play a short melody every hour, until they stopped working sometime after World War II. 

Bonus Stop: Regency Tower 

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770 James Street                                      

Regency Tower offers studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments as well as furnished corporate suites, with all utilities included, in a convenient location. The Regency Tower Apartments are just minutes from most major medical centers, universities and colleges, many fine dining establishments and easy access to RT 81 & I-1-690. Regency Tower offers valet parking, fitness center, 24 hour attended front desk, controlled access and heated indoor parking


Open House: D-Train Doggie Daycare 

D Train2530 South Clinton Street                                                                                                 
Learn more about Downtown Syracuse's first Doggie Daycare facility!


Open House: Ashley McGraw Architects 

Ashley McGraw 400125 East Jefferson Street, 15th Floor                                                                                                 
Located in Downtown Syracuse for over 30 years, Ashley McGraw Architects’ work represents a wide range of building types, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and community/civic buildings. Ashley McGraw looks to create spaces where people can thrive today, while leaving an environment that can sustain us long into the future. 

Come see how Ashley McGraw's office design works in harmony with nature! Plus, don't miss stunning views of Syracuse from the 15th floor!