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Celebrating Progress with an Inside Look at Three Projects Recharging Downtown

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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In two weeks, the community is invited to join the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. as it hosts the first-ever Good Morning Downtown Syracuse Progress Breakfast. With more than $340 million currently invested in downtown redevelopment activities, the sun is rising symbolically over Downtown Syracuse. The purpose for the breakfast, scheduled for 8:00 am, Thursday October 22 at SKY Armory (map), is to celebrate the forward-thinking and progress that has fueled recent redevelopment in the center of our city. Guests will gain personal insight into three of the most exciting projects currently underway in Downtown Syracuse from the individuals who are at the helm of the transformative action:

Marilyn Higgins, vice president of community engagement and economic development at Syracuse University, will speak to the effort to restore connections through public art along the Connective Corridor. Guests will learn more about the process to restore connections between Downtown Syracuse and the University Hill neighborhood, and the role public art will play in enhancing the culture and sense of vibrancy throughout Downtown Syracuse.

Developer Bob Doucette, a principal partner in groundbreaking downtown development projects in Armory Square including the Labor Temple, Center Armory and Dey's Plaza, will discuss the reawakening at the corner of Salina and Jefferson Streets through City Center. Attendees will get an inside look at his vision for  transforming the former Sibley's Building into a mixed-use property including the new Redhouse Performing Arts Center.

Finally, guests will be treated to a rare, insider's look at renovation progress at the former Hotel Syracuse. Developer Ed Riley will discuss the hotel's rebirth as crews preserve history in their dedication to restore the new Marriott Downtown Syracuse to its former grandeur.

After the short presentations, guests are encouraged to mingle with presenters in a more personal setting, asking any questions they may have. Tickets to the first-ever Progress Breakfast are on sale right now, priced at $25 for an individual seat, or $200 for a table of eight. 

2015 marks a milestone year for the Downtown Committee, established in 1975. Community leaders recognized the importance of creating a vibrant, urban center and the need to establish a dedicated organization to support its revitalization, laying groundwork for tremendous progress that has harnessed new energy not only Downtown, but throughout the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

“The momentum in Downtown Syracuse has never been stronger,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “We’re excited for the community to get to know the people who are leading the charge to rejuvenate the center of our city. We hope that everyone will join us for what we hope becomes a new tradition, the first-ever Good Morning Downtown Syracuse Progress Breakfast.”

The Progress Breakfast is the centerpiece of a month geared toward highlighting progress as the Downtown Committee continues to celebrate its 40th Anniversary year. Each month, look for a different theme related to Downtown’s growth, development and accomplishments on the Downtown Committee website and across its social media platforms. Everyone is encouraged to join the conversation by following the Downtown Committee on Facebook (Downtown Syracuse), Twitter (@downtownSYR) and Instagram (downtownsyracuse).

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