City of Syracuse Releases South Avenue Economic Development Feasibility Study


The study combined market research and community input to issue recommendations for revitalization along the corridor

Syracuse, N.Y.The City of Syracuse has released a seven-month study into the economic viability of the South Avenue Corridor. The study is available online at  “South Avenue Corridor Study” link- bit.ly/syrgov162report . The City led a collaborative working group which included the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA), Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc., Syracuse Community Connections, Inc., Home HeadQuarters, Inc., CenterState CEO, the Allyn Family Foundation, and others.

South Ave Map

The study is a baseline assessment of demographics, commuting patterns, housing, and retail along 1.5 miles of the South Avenue corridor. The study also assessed land use, zoning, utilities, and transportation infrastructure. The findings from the study’s market analysis, together with input from public engagement meetings, stakeholder interviews, and surveys conducted by the project consultants Camoin Associates and Bergmann, identified four high-priority development sites and suggested potential uses.

“Neighborhood revitalization is a priority for my administration and for our city. Developing South Avenue with input from new and longtime residents is an important step toward ensuring that the community is engaged in revitalization efforts,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “Future developments will support existing businesses that reflect the spirit of South Avenue while creating jobs, providing housing, and improving quality of life.”

The city and the collaborative working group envision South Avenue as a vibrant corridor with a diverse mix of uses that support a sustainable local community, as well as neighborhood business owners and residents. The city is reviewing streetscape elements to implement as early as this summer, to reinforce its investment in the neighborhood. Proposed enhancements include: tree planting, coordinating Adopt-a-Block cleanups, crosswalk striping, trashcan installations, landscaping installations at Jubilee Park, and way finder signs in front of the park and Southwest Community Center.

Spirit of Jubilee Park

“Our goal is to provide community stakeholders with information and recommendations to make smart development decisions, enhance residential opportunities, and attract new investment. We’re excited to partner with other agencies to invigorate the corridor. We hope to replicate this process in the city’s other neighborhood corridors,” said Nora Spillane, SIDA Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development.

The South Avenue Corridor Economic Development Feasibility Study began in November 2017. SIDA selected Camoin Associates and Bergmann to lead the economic development study, which focused on South Avenue extending from West Onondaga Street to Glenwood Avenue.

The study aimed to generate a renewed sense of place for South Avenue, by attracting investment to the community, increasing economic activity, creating jobs, and determining needed services for this corridor.