So how many times have we been here. The Hotel Syracuse saga has been dragging out for years. This is not the first time that we hear that so and so has made an offer with brilliant financing and the city has made a gutsy effort to seize the property through eminent domain from not so very nice overseas developers. So what makes it different this time? Nothing really except that maybe the overseas conglomerate that has held this city hostage for the past 5 years may be worn down, they didn’t contest the foreclosure this time. See the Article in the Post Standard. One thing I’ve learned living in Syracuse, its that if there’s anything that this city is good at doing, its wearing people, and developers, down. And I for one am pretty worn down just trying to keep up with this drama.
It’s going to be hard for me to get my hopes up after so many disappointments, but I will. And I will make a huge squawking effort to root for the home team, I’m going to close my eyes and wish really hard that maybe this time Ed Riley, the local Syracuse developer with a bag full of promises, may actually be in a position to re-imagine the hotel with all the modern amenities high end travelers look for. The best hotel we have going for us, in an urban sort of way, is the Marriott on Fayette St. which is a really nice hotel, but we need more than that to fully engage tourists and out of town guests. If you travel as much as I do and are used to finer hotels, you’ll know that what we need is something more akin to Hyatt or W hotels, you know what I mean.
Once we have great hotels in place, we’ll see new venues appear for all sorts of attractions, for bigger and better conventions, concerts, events and a whole slew of opportunities that can not happen with out the right type of infrastructure, such as the Hotel Syracuse.
I think the potential to turn the Hotel Syracuse into a stately yet modern venue hotel is ripe. Our traveling companions who come to visit need a place to stay that shares history as well as features that make them feel as though they are visiting a world class city. And there is no reason that we should not think of Syracuse a world class destination. The reason we’re not is the lack of vision this city has had over the past fifty years. Up until how that is. With the amazing transformation underway throughout the urban core of Syracuse, because of the efforts of several city officials who have put their heart and souls into taking this city in the right direction, it’s now up to us, the business savvy, the developers with money, the urban dweller, to imagine what exactly we can strive for. So lets strive high, this town used to be really great at one time, and it can and will be great again if we think world class.
So as had at it may be for me to keep getting excited after so many setbacks, I have no choice but to continue wishing, hoping and investing so that Syracuse can finally be the city it can be. Good luck Mr. Riley, we are all rooting for you.