Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The area’s leading business group is putting its money where its mouth is by becoming a key part of downtown Syracuse’s rebirth.
Centerstate CEO, and its partners like the Downtown Committee and Convention and Visitors Bureau, are moving to the Pike Block at the corner of Fayette and Salina streets.
The dream of reviving a key area in the heart of downtown Syracuse is nearly a reality.
The adventurous Pike Block project has been years in the making to rehab four historic buildings, but it's nearing completion and Centerstate CEO says being a tenant is perfect for them.
President Rob Simpson says, “It's a great location, a visible location for us to practice what we preach to be part of the renaissance of not only the city but of the region."
Dave Nutting, CEO of developer VIP Structures says, “If you're ever going to have anybody on that corner, it should be the biggest business booster organization in town.”
VIP Structures wasn't even looking for any office tenant, except one, and now they've got them to go along with the retail residential plan for the rest of Pike Block.
Nutting says, “With everything Centerstate CEO has done it’s an absolutely terrific place for them to end up. Different than other office space, they're not just an office they're really the heart and soul of what's happening downtown, a big driver behind all of it and its appropriate they end up dead center."
Centerstate CEO and its partners will have office space on the second floor but still maintain a presence at street level as a welcome center.
Pike Block will have about a dozen apartments ready for the downtown living tour in mid-May.
The overall project should be done by the end of the summer, about the time Centerstate CEO will move into its new space.