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THREE WEEKS AWAY: 12th Annual Downtown Living Tour to Showcase Nine of the Most Sought-After Addresses in Downtown Syracuse

Monday, April 30, 2018

DowntownLivingLogo 5 2018SYRACUSE, NY – Tickets are now on sale for the 12th edition of the Downtown Living Tour, set for Saturday May 19, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., the City of Syracuse and State Tower, the self-guided walking tour will provide tour-goers with inside access to the newest and most talked-about urban living examples in town! The 2018 Downtown Living Tour will highlight nine stops located in and around Downtown Syracuse, showcasing luxury apartments including a sneak peek into what will be the largest apartment in Downtown Syracuse, historic renovations and new townhouses, as well as a special opportunity to explore all three theaters in the new Redhouse Arts Center in City Center.  *A list of all Tour Stops is provided below.

The 2018 Downtown Living Tour experience begins at City Hall Commons Atrium, located at 203 E. Washington Street (map). This is where all tour-goers must check-in and pick up their official Living Tour tickets, map and Swag Bags. For reference, the Commons Atrium is located just behind State Tower, which is the first official tour stop for all tour-goers. As this year’s “star” of the Downtown Living Tour, State Tower boasts 61 luxury market-rate apartments, featuring a mix of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Each apartment features a unique floor plan with deluxe amenities, and delivers stunning views.

After exploring State Tower – where tourists are also encouraged to visit its rooftop terrace and state-of-the-art fitness center - Living Tour attendees may walk to the other destinations, or choose to ride a free shuttle bus that will run along a special route designed exclusively for the Downtown Living Tour.

2018 Downtown Living Tour Stops:

  • State Tower, located at 109 South Warren Street (map), is the official 2018 Tour Headquarters
  • Lofts at 239, located at 239 East Water Street (map)
  • GrangeX, located at 215 East Water Street (map)
  • Iron Pier Apartments at the Inner Harbor, located at 720 Van Rennselaer Street (map)
    The Official Tour Rest Stop
    is the Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor Hotel, located adjacent to the Iron Pier Apartments. Please note, there will also be a special direct shuttle running from State Tower to the Iron Pier Apartments on the day of the tour.
  • Oak Knitting Mill Apartments, located at 102 West Division Street (map)
  • Tallman Block, located at 225 West Fayette Street (map)
  • Redhouse Arts Center, located at 400 South Salina Street (map)
  • The Empire, located at 472 South Salina Street (map)
  • 435 South Warren Street, located at 435 South Warren Street (map)

Ticket Information: Tickets are available at the advance-sale price of $12 through Thursday, May 17. They may be purchased online any time at www.DowntownSyracuse.com/DowntownLivingTour, or in person at the Downtown Committee’s Offices, located at 115 West Fayette Street (map) from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. On the day of the Downtown Living Tour, tickets may be purchased for $15 (cash or check only), at City Hall Commons Atrium between 11:00 am and 2:30 pm. Please note, attendees should allot at least two hours to visit all stops along the self-guided tour. 

Parking Information: On-street parking is free throughout the Central Business District on the day of the Tour, thanks to a partnership with the City of Syracuse. There is also parking available for $5 in the lot across from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, at Willow and North Franklin Streets (map).

Right now, 3,600 people live in Downtown Syracuse, representing a 77% increase from the amount of people who lived in Downtown Syracuse ten years ago. The Downtown Living Tour serves as a benchmark for this progress, providing tour-goers with inside access to projects that are transforming the Downtown community. The Tour also offers opportunities to introduce Downtown’s charms to new visitors.

Downtown Deals: To highlight Downtown’s diverse array of restaurants, retailers and cultural institutions, the Downtown Committee is once again offering “Downtown Deals” - exclusive offers and specials from downtown businesses - available only to Living Tour attendees. Tour wristbands (received at Tour registration in the City Hall Commons Atrium) provide access to the deals! Tour-goers may find a list of the businesses offering free items or special discounts in their official Downtown Living Tour programs, as well as on the Downtown Living Tour website.

“Historic renovations and special opportunities to see transformation in action are two themes tour-goers will notice in the 2018 Downtown Living Tour, and we hope that tour-goers make a day out of being Downtown,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “The Downtown Living Tour is historically an important day for Downtown Syracuse, as it offers a unique chance to explore all of the unique amenities that make Downtown such a desirable address and visitor destination.”

Volunteer Opportunities: The Downtown Committee is still looking for volunteers who would like to assist staff on the day of the Downtown Living Tour. Volunteer responsibilities include helping at registration, providing direction to tour-goers and monitoring the units. If anyone would like to sign up for a two and a half hour shift, please contact Kristine Sherlock at ksherlock@downtownsyracuse.com. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and a free ticket to take the Downtown Living Tour.

The 2018 Downtown Living Tour receives additional support from State Tower and Pioneer Companies, the Community Preservation Corporation, National Grid, COR Development Company LLC, Iron Pier Apartments, Lahinch Group Real Estate & Development, The Empire, Urban Realty Group and R.F. Esposito, Inc., Wicker Companies, Cerio Law Office, Redhouse Arts Center, Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Select and Just Energy.   Media sponsorships include Sunny102, Advance Media New York, WRVO Public Media and the Syracuse New Times.

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