Igniting Revitalization in Syracuse, NY
Nov 19, 2018

Igniting Revitalization in Syracuse, NY

CCLR’s “Igniting Revitalization” workshop on November 8, 2018  in Syracuse attracted 93 redevelopment stakeholders and focused on connecting to community assets. The importance of aligning a revitalization project with a robust mix of assets was stressed repeatedly by participants across all lines of expertise.

Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon

Community assets were well-represented at the conference. Public officials included Syracuse Mayor, The Honorable Ben Walsh and Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon as well as our federal and state partners from NYS DEC, NYS DOS, NYSERDA, ESD, US EPA and US HUD. Private sector representatives included David Aitken of Pyramid Management, whose Destiny USA site has catalyzed redevelopment in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor, representatives of Racer Trust, who created a “marketing sheet” resource for this workshop. Honeywell, presented on public –private partnerships and had these lessons to share stemming from their work with the City and County:
Plan and coordinate between public/private at multiple levels
Align with broad community goals and look for opportunities to form partnerships
Engage with community early and often
Focus on long term goals when working with regulators on near term solutions

Re-imagining Reuse Options Panel featuring David Aitken, Michael Katz, Houtan Moaveni and Bob Murray.

The conference initiated a “Stand and Tell” panel that encouraged attendees to share information about their projects’ successes and challenges. Several municipalities shared updates on their projects, including Syracuse, Schenectady, Canajoharie, Lockport, Auburn, Rome, Utica, Amsterdam, and Cortland.

The Show Me the Money and Updates on NYS Programs, Policies and Regulations panels provided essential information on funding for redevelopment, including public grants and tax incentives. .

Talk about being in the moment . . . NYC DEC got an email while presenting about the Environmental Restoration Program awardees and publicly announced that three municipalities present at the workshop had been selected as grantees. Congratulations to each of them!

Resources and powerpoints are listed below. If you have any questions or want to learn more about CCLR’s technical assistance capabilities, please contact Jean Hamerman at 646-712-0535.

CCLR gratefully acknowledges the speakers, sponsors, Organizing Committee*, attendees, and the OneGroup Center for offering us their wonderful venue for the workshop. It was truly a community of practice.

Thank you to C&S Companies for hosting a pre-workshop reception at Buried Acorn Brewery. It was a perfect blend of exciting flavors: good company, craft beer and food.

*Organizing Committee: City of Syracuse, Onondaga County- Office of the Environment, NYS DEC, NYS DOS, U.S. EPA and CCLR Advisory Board member Mark Gregor of LaBella Associates.

Resources:
Program Book “Igniting Revitalization through Land Reuse”
Racer Trust– Marketing Placemat
NYSERDA Solar Guidebook for Local Governments
Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) factsheet (forthcoming)

Welcome:
Jean Hamerman | Center for Creative Land Recycling

Panels:
Re-imagining Reuse Options: Brightfields, Destination Sites and Novelty Options
Bob Murray | Harris Beach
David Aitken | Pyramid Management Group, LLC
Houtan Moaveni | NYSERDA
Michael Katz | Actio Corporate Asset Advisors

Public Private Partnerships in Action: The Empire State Trail
Travis Glazier | Onondaga County Office of the Environment
John McAuliffe | Honeywell
Owen Kerney | City of Syracuse

Marketing Your Properties
David Flynn | Phillips Lytle LLP
Bruce Rasher | Racer Trust
Steven Black | Racer Trust

Show Me the Money: Funding for Redevelopment
Christian Mercurio | Mohawk Valley Edge
Mike Reese | Empire State Development
Bud Sweet | National Development Council
Phil Bousquet | Bousquet Holstein
Honora Spillane | City of Syracuse

Hear it Here: Updates on State Programs, Policies and Regulations
Jim Blasting | Ambient Environmental, Inc.
Matt Marko | NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Chris Bauer | NYS Department of State

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.

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