Who has the heart of downtown? This guy ↑ Anthony Catsimatides, Principal of Open Atelier Architects and creator of this fine blog concept you are reading, was presented the “Heart of Downtown” award at the Downtown Committee’s annual meeting.
The Heart of Downtown” is an award of excellence “given for efforts that positively impact how people feel about Downtown Syracuse and contribute to its growth, vitality and overall appeal.”
Anthony, when not designing high end, high performing architectural wonders, is an avid downtown supporter and progressive planner. His work with the Cathedral Square Neighborhood Association has led to community changing programs such as the addition of flower baskets that line our streets and the newly amended smoking ban at city parks.
In addition, his work with small business has also been a valuable resource in the redevelopment of downtown. “Many times entrepreneurs come to me with a business plan and are unsure of how to proceed in the downtown market. I enjoy connecting them with my network of resources such as the Downtown Committee, and Solvay Bank, to ensure their small business dreams become a reality, said Catsimatides. “I am invested in downtown and look forward to its vibrant future”.
It takes more than one team to polish the rust off of this old city, but when we all work together to promote small business like Syracuse First, to promote positive thinking like Believe in Syracuse, and to promote redevelopment and smart growth like Open Atelier Architects, there is no limit to the growth and potential that can come from our efforts.
Anthony was recognized along with Jason Evans and the team at the Pike Block for their work in restoring, revitalizing and rejuvenating downtown. Do you know a group or organization making a difference downtown? Add a comment or use the hashtag #MakeADifferenceDowntown (@) and we will highlight all of our downtown dynamos.