City unveils redevelopment plans
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The City of Syracuse has announced they've completed plans to redevelop two areas of the city designated as Brownfield Opportunity Areas.
City officials were joined by Secretary of State Cesar Perales to unveil the plans Wednesday at city hall.
The city was given a $500,000 grant by the State Department to develop the plans. The first plan affects 113 acres along South Salina Street between downtown and the valley. The second is 478 acres along Erie Boulevard between Beech Street and the DeWitt town line.
Perales says just creating a plan is the most crucial and oftentimes hardest part of redevelopment.
Perales said, "That is the most important thing, because you can't really encourage private investment in fact any kind of investment in a place where it looks devastated where it looks polluted. So, once we come up with a plan to clean it up, we think we're going to be able to attract private investment."
The purpose of the plans are to provide potential developers with background information and research to encourage them to purchase property in the Brownfield areas. The city has applied for more funding to conduct environmental research.