Igniting Revitalization through Land Reuse, Syracuse NY

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Join us to build skills, relationships and knowledge about market and funding opportunities and trends critical to your success in advancing sustainable redevelopment projects for economic revitalization. 



8:00am- 8:30am       Registration


8:30am -8:50am       Welcome Remarks

                                  Jean Hamerman | Deputy Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling

       Ben Walsh | Mayor of Syracuse


8:50am - 10:105am  Brightfields, Mixed Use and Sustainable Industrial Reuse

      Bob Murray | Harris Beach

       David Aitken | Director of Government Affairs, Pyramid Management  Group, LLC

       Houtan Moaveni | Senior Advisor to the President, NYSERDA

       Michael Katz | Principle, Actio Corporate Asset Advisors


Housing and mixed use are the staples of redevelopment projects, but other reuse options are gaining traction, including solar development, breweries and destination sites.   This panel will address the site characteristics that best adapt to these options and how to engage the community in supporting these opportunities.


10:05am-10:15am     J. Ryan McMahon II | Onondaga County Executive


10:15am-11:15am    Public Private Partnerships in Action: Empire State Trail 

       Travis Glazier | Director, Onondaga County Office of Environment

       John McAuliffe | Honeywell

       Owen Kerney | Assistant Director of Planning, City of Syracuse


The Empire State Trail gap through Onondaga County has a variety of unique challenges that have historically hindered progress on connecting a series of local trail systems.  However, thanks to public-private partnerships between property owners and local government, a five-mile trail segment that utilizes former Superfund sites, Brownfield sites and spans over a CSX rail line will become a reality in 2020.  Panelists will describe how they were able to come together to overcome obstacles, find funding and balance recreation/transportation priorities to develop this trail.


11:15am-11:45am    Stand and Tell: Who’s in the Room 

We will make introductions and have municipal attendees spotlight updates, successes or other announcements.


12:00 pm-1:00pm    Lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse- 689 N Clinton St


1:15pm- 1:45pm       Marketing Your Properties

        David Flynn | Phillips Lytle LLP

        Bruce Rasher | Redevelopment Manager, Racer Trust

       Steve Black | Transaction Manager, Racer Trust


In 2011, RACER Trust assumed the properties abandoned by the former GM during its bankruptcy, including 336 tax parcels in 80 locations in 14 states totaling approx. 44 MM SF in 66 buildings and just under 7,000 acres of vacant industrial land.  Since then RACER Trust’s marketing platform has produced 71 sales with commitments for $2.2 BB in private investment and the creation of 15,000 jobs.  During the roundtable discussion they will describe their marketing mix, including: product positioning, pricing, promotion and place, and provide you with guidance for the promotion of your properties.



1:45pm - 3:00pm      Show Me the Money: Funding for Redevelopment

        Christian Mercurio | VP Planning, Mohawk Valley Edge, Moderator 

        Bob Sweet | Director, National Development Council

        Honora Spillane | City of Syracuse

        Phil Bousquet | Partner, Bousquet Holstein

        Mike Reese | Regional Director Mohawk Valley, ESD


This panel will cover a broad range of grants, federal and state tax credits and capital structures to finance assessment, remedial action and real estate transactions. Topics will include the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), Opportunity Zones, ESD’s funding programs, and other government and philanthropic grant opportunities. 


3:00pm - 3:25pm     Hear it Here: Updates on State Programs, Policies and Regulations


                               Jim Blasting | Senior Consultant, Ambient Environmental, Inc.

                               Matt Marko | DEC Regional Director

                               Julie Sweet | NYS Department of State


Hear the latest changes to NYS DEC’s Environmental Restoration and Brownfield Cleanup Programs, Part 360 Solid Waste Regulations (fill material reuse), PFAS testing, and State Environmental Quality Review. We’ll also get updates from NYS DOS on new Brownfield Opportunity Area designations and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. There is an opportunity for follow up at the afternoon Round table. 


3:25pm - 3:30pm   Closing remarks

                              Mark Gregor | LaBella Associates/CCLR Advisory Board member 




OPTION #1 BUS TOUR (limited to 35): 3:30pm - 5:00pm  

Brownfield bus tour with walking at 3 stops: Solar Street at Inner Harbor, Hiawatha Boulevard (Roth Steel) and Embassy Suites at Destiny USA. Facilitated by Travis Glazier and Holly Granat, Onondaga County Office of Environment


OPTION #2 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS (group or individual meetings) 3:45pm-5:15pm

1. Develop marketing materials to attract investment conducted by Racer Trust. Participants should come with a property to write up. Assisted by Eric Ennis, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Syracuse and Michael Katz, Actio Corporate Asset Advisers.

2. Meet the Funders/Regulators: Ask questions about grant opportunities and how regulations, policies, and programs impact your project and costs: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Department of State, Empire State Development, U.S. EPA.

3. Ask the Experts: Consultations with our panelists and private sector experts about legal, environmental, remediation and reuse options.




SPONSORS:   We thank sponsors LaBella Associates, Harris Beach, Bousquet Holstein, C&S Companies, Alpha Analytical,  Actio Corporate Asset Advisors, Ambient  Environmental, EDR, Phillips Lytle, Barton & Loguidice. Please support our educational programming as a sponsor. For more information please contact Jean Hamerman at jean.hamerman@cclr.org.



Hotel: Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor is close by at 310 West Kirkpatrick Street Syracuse NY.  Please call (315) 422-1700 to reserve a room.  

Thank you to our Organizing Committee: Holly Granat, Onondaga County Office of Environment. Travis Glazier, Onondaga County Office of Environment, Eric Ennis, City of Syracuse, Mark Gregor, LaBella Associates, Karen Cahill, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Lya Theodoratos, U.S EPA, Julie Sweet, NYS Department of State, Owen Kerney, City of Syracuse

November 8th, 2018 8:00 AM   through   5:15 PM
OneGroup Center
706 N Clinton St
Syracuse, NY 13204
United States
Event Fee(s)
Government/Nonprofit $ 35.00
Corporate $ 85.00