10th Anniversary Edition of the Downtown Living Tour to Highlight 10 Tour Stops, 2 Bonus Stops
Thursday, May 5, 2016
SYRACUSE, NY – Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Downtown Living Tour, set for Saturday afternoon, May 21, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., the self-guided walking tour allows attendees to explore the newest and most talked-about examples of urban living spaces throughout Downtown Syracuse. From luxury apartments carved from the city’s most iconic, historic spaces, to never-before-seen additions to the residential neighborhood, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Downtown Living Tour promises to showcase some of the most-anticipated spaces to come online this year.
To celebrate 10 years of residential progress, the 10th Anniversary of the Downtown Living Tour will open the doors to ten tour stops, showcasing both available and occupied units. The Living Tour experience begins on the ground floor of 110 Walton Street (map), the officially designated Tour Headquarters. From here, keeping with tradition, tour-goers may choose to walk to the other destinations, or they may ride a free shuttle bus that will run along a special route created especially for the Living Tour. New this year, for the first time in Downtown Living Tour history, the Downtown Committee is introducing two “Bonus Stops.” (Please find a list of all Tour Stops and Bonus Stops by clicking here.)
Advance-Sale tickets are available for $12 through Thursday, May 19. They may be purchased online anytime, or in person at 115 West Fayette Street (map) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. On the day of the Downtown Living Tour, tickets may be purchased for $15 (cash or check only), at Tour Headquarters, located at 110 Walton Street (map) between Noon and 3:30 pm.
The Downtown Living Tour is historically an important day for Downtown Syracuse. Not only does it provide unique inside access to projects that are transforming the neighborhood, the Tour also serves as an opportunity to showcase Downtown’s charms to new visitors.
Residential development accounts for more than 70 percent of the $400 million invested in Downtown since 2010. Right now, more than 3,250 people live in Downtown Syracuse. To draw a comparison, this represents a 40 percent increase in downtown’s population in the last ten years. Factoring in projects currently underway and planned, Downtown’s population will increase by nearly 10 percent in the next two years.
“We invite everyone to check out the residential development and experience firsthand the unique amenities that make Downtown Syracuse stand out as a desirable address,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “From charming characteristics that incorporate the unique history of the buildings and Downtown Syracuse, to the increasing amount of pet-friendly amenities, tour-goers will be impressed with the charms and conveniences of Downtown living. Whatever your interests – architectural, interior design, or historic preservation - the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Downtown Living Tour offers something for everyone.”
Faithful tour-goers may remember two stops highlighted in this year’s edition of the Downtown Living Tour from the first-ever Downtown Living Tour in 2007, the Amos Building and the former Hotel Syracuse (now known as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown). 2016 Living Tour guests will be among the first to walk through a brand-new addition that will bring 24 new apartments to the Amos Building this July. And at the former Hotel Syracuse, tour-goers will be wowed when they see the transformation of the lobby before the hotel officially re-opens to the public as the Marriott Syracuse Downtown this June.
New to the tour this year, the Downtown Committee is partnering with 40 Below to host a pop-up public bike share program. 40 Below volunteers will be stationed at three locations along the Downtown Living Tour route. Tour-goers will have the option to participate in the bike share program and ride from Tour Headquarters to select tour stops along the route. There will be a $5 charge to ride for the afternoon. For more information about the pop-up public bike share program, please visit http://www.innovatesyracuse.com/bikemonth.
Parking for the Tour is available for $3.00 in the Atrium Garage (motorists are encouraged to enter through the Fayette Street entrance), and $3.00 in parking lot at the corner of Fayette and Clinton Streets. On-street parking will be free throughout the Central Business District on the day of the Tour.
The 2016 Downtown Living Tour is sponsored by The CRS Companies, the Community Preservation Corporation, National Grid, JF Real Estate, The Marriott Syracuse Downtown, Commonspace, VIP Structures, Icon Tower, Horn Companies, The Amos, C-Mand Development, The Grange Building, Fayette Place, 538 Erie, MONEY Federal Credit Union, Creekwalk Commons, The Courier Building, Washington Street Partners, Shalimar Properties and Cerio Law Offices. Media sponsorships include Sunny102, the Syracuse Media Group, WRVO Public Media and the Syracuse New Times.