Community. Revitalization. Density. Three of the first words shared with me by W. Michael Short of SHORT ENTERPRISES, an innovative Syracuse-based startup, in regards to the large-scale redevelopment efforts he is spearheading in partnership with Martin A. Yenawine and his team at Onondaga Commons, a health and human services campus on the City’s Near Westside.
Dedicated to the success of the Near Westside community, Mr. Yenawine has been investing in the neighborhood for over 30 years. One partnership, and one site at a time, his team has managed to re-develop over 5 acres of formerly vacant property within walking distance of Downtown Syracuse into a community-driven urban success story.
The team at Onondaga Commons has created a formula that has sparked revitalization for the entire neighborhood, which include the highly publicized efforts spearheaded by Syracuse University beginning in 2006. These efforts are leveraging over $70 million in new capital investment in the community.
Public/Private partnerships form an environment welcoming of new business, a planned incubator program is sparking the growth of small business, and residents are benefiting from access to essential services that were once lacking in this community. In addition the campus is coordinating with Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” program to implement the largest private pursued green infrastructure project in the program’s history.
Urban in location, sustainable in design and community oriented in nature; Onondaga commons is a prime example of the type of commitment it will take to capitalize on the potential of downtown Syracuse. I was so impressed with the work being done by this group of amazing people, that I have decided to launch a series covering the properties, people, and initiatives that make up the Onondaga Commons Comprehensive Expansion & Urban Revitalization Initiatives.
I hope you follow along as I reveal more about the remarkable work being done at Onondaga Commons!
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