Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse University announced its second round of grants for the Connective Corridor Façade Improvement Project on Thursday.
16 businesses were given a total of $250,000 to improve and redevelop properties between Downtown Syracuse and the University Area.
The two-mile stretch spanning University Hill with the heart of the Salt City has evolved into a tourism magnet for Central New York.
“I looked up university and I thought I was looking at a magazine. It was beautiful and that's what this is doing to this city,” said Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli.
The Connective Corridor Project – with elements like Onondaga Tower – is giving a much-needed facelift to local businesses.
With a new round of businesses added on Thursday, 56 total have been given thousands to transform the landscape near the downtown area.
The businesses now have the opportunity to redevelop their facades – adding retail and residential space, along with cutting-edge technology to illuminate the area.
“Cities compete. They compete for young people, for companies; universities compete for students, and all of these things go into these kind of decisions,” said Connective Corridor Director Linda Hartsock.
The project is funded by the state’s Regional Economic Development Council.
Construction along the corridor will begin again in October.