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2,000+ Expected to Explore Urban Living During Ninth-Annual Downtown Living Tour

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Syracuse, NY – This afternoon, more than 2,000 people are expected to visit Downtown Syracuse to explore the newest, most sought-after examples of urban living for the ninth-annual Downtown Living Tour. Presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., the 2015 Downtown Living Tour grants Central New Yorkers inside access to both occupied and available units in five historic neighborhoods: The Heart of Downtown, Armory, Clinton, Hanover and Franklin Squares. In all, eight tour stops are featured as part of this year’s event.  

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2015 Downtown Living Tour Stops:

  • Tour Headquarters: Pike Block (320 South Salina St.)
  • Dey’s Plaza (401 South Salina St.)
  • Courier Building (110 Montgomery St.)
  • Lofts on Willow (230 West Willow St.)
  • Clinton Street Commons (721 North Clinton St.)
  • Lofts at Franklin Square (525 Plum St.)
  • Creekwalk Commons (324 West Water St.)
  • Center Armory (133 Walton St.) 

Tickets may be purchased for $15 (cash or check only), at the Tour Headquarters, located at the Pike Block at 320 South Salina Street between Noon and 4 pm. All tickets sold at the advance-sale price through the Downtown Committee’s website must also be picked up at Headquarters between Noon and 4 pm today. Tour-goers may choose to experience the day as either a self-guided walking tour, or choose to ride a free shuttle bus that will run a special tour route. Traditionally, the tour takes about two hours to complete.

On-street parking will be free throughout the Central Business District today. Tour parking is also available for $3.00 in the Clinton Street Garage, at 409 South Clinton Street.

New this year, the Downtown Committee is partnering with two community organizations to enhance the Living Tour. As an alternative to the self-guided tour, NOexcuses Tours, Inc. offered the option to purchase premium guided tour tickets for an additional cost. This insider tour will showcase the eight residential stops featured on the Downtown Living Tour, with expanded historical and architectural details. A Downtown Living Tour Information Booth, staffed by members of Believe in Syracuse, will also be established at the Tour Headquarters to help serve visitors.

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Visitors are encouraged to visit the Dey’s Plaza Lobby, the Official Tour Rest Stop. The Downtown Committee is pleased to welcome a quartet from the professional orchestra Symphoria, which will fill the lobby with musical selections between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. As they listen, tour-goers may sit in furniture designed by (and ready for purchase!) by Kubal Upcycle.

On the northern end of Downtown Syracuse, Café Kubal is holding a Grand Opening Celebration in its new Creekwalk Commons location, also a stop on this year’s Downtown Living Tour route.

Also new this year, two of the newest creative workspaces in Downtown Syracuse – Syracuse CoWorks and SALT Makerspace – are partnering to hold an Open House to coincide with the Downtown Living Tour. Between 11 am and 4 pm, visitors are invited to Syracuse CoWorks, located at 201 East Jefferson Street. SALT Makerspace will also be there with a display featuring a 3D printer, furniture made in its wood and metal shops, and jewelry (including metallic rings made from keys by JOJO Rings) sold in Downtown Syracuse.

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“The Downtown Living Tour is a great opportunity for visitors to experience the mix of cultural, retail and residential components that have transformed Downtown Syracuse,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “One of the goals is to provide visitors with an up-close look at the diverse array of developmental projects that have brought new vibrancy to downtown. Certainly, we look forward to seeing visitors’ reactions when they see the historic renovations that stirred new life in city landmarks, or luxury apartments built out from what were forgotten buildings, but we also hope tour-goers make time for the ‘extra’ stops, to get the whole Downtown Syracuse package.”

With more than 3,200 residents, Downtown Syracuse is one of the two fastest growing neighborhoods in Onondaga County. The downtown apartment occupancy rate is currently at 99 percent. A recent housing market analysis, commissioned by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and the Community Preservation Corporation, showed that right now, the downtown housing market could accommodate up to 727 additional units and occupancy would still be at 99 percent.  

The 2015 Downtown Living Tour is sponsored by VIP Structures, the Community Preservation Corporation, Paramount Realty Group, LLC, Creekwalk Commons, Clinton Street Commons, The Courier Building, The Lofts at Franklin Square, Franklin View Terrace, and the Lofts on Willow. Media sponsorships include Sunny102, the Syracuse Media Group, WRVO Public Media, the Syracuse New Times and Yelp Syracuse

Please follow the Downtown Committee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see the ways it is spotlighting Residential Development this May as part of its 40th Anniversary Celebration. Each month, the Downtown Committee highlights different themes related to Downtown’s accomplishments and continued growth across its website and social media. 

*To schedule an interview the day of, please call Alice Maggiore at (315) 640-9770*

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