The Allyn Family Foundation and The Syracuse Urban Partnership Celebrate the Groundbreaking of The Salt City Market

Syracuse, N.Y. –  On Monday, August 19th the Allyn Family Foundation and the Syracuse Urban Partnership has officially broke ground on a new, 78,000 square foot, 4-story building.  Located at 484 S. Salina Street, the new building, to be named the Salt City Market will include a public food hall on the first floor featuring 10 food stalls, a grocery store, café, bar, teaching kitchen, and multiple seating areas.  The second floor will provide office space for the Allyn Family Foundation, the Syracuse Urban Partnership, as well as an additional not-for-profit tenant.  The third and fourth floors will feature 26 mixed-income one- and two-bedroom apartments.

City Market inside click to enlarge image.

The building is being developed and funded by the Allyn Family Foundation through a newly-formed not-for-profit organization called the Syracuse Urban Partnership (SYRUP).  In mid-2018 SYRUP purchased the vacant parking lot located at 484 S. Salina Street with the intention of developing a new mixed-use building.  The total cost of the project will be approximately $25 million. Through an RFP process, SYRUP selected VIP Structures as the architects for the project.  VIP Structures has partnered with EDR Landscape Architects locally, as well as iCRAVE and Snow Keilich, two national design firms, to design the interior food hall as well and the exterior shell, respectively.

“This is an intentional investment in our community to connect diverse cultures and to foster economic opportunity. “ said Meg O’Connell, the executive director of the Allyn Family Foundation. “The evolution of this building has risen out of many community conversations over the years as well as the momentum currently driving the downtown revitalization.”

City Market inside, click to enlarge image.

At its core, the building strives to connect people of all walks of life in Syracuse.

Under the leadership of Adam Sudmann, Market Manager, the Syracuse Urban Partnership has been looking for talented, driven, and diverse food entrepreneurs.  Syracuse has so much hidden talent, across cultures, residing in our neighborhoods.  This market will provide an opportunity for those entrepreneurs to start their own business and share their food and culture in a welcoming environment.

The Salt City Market is based on a model built by the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) located in Minneapolis, MN.  NDC is a not for profit organization that has helped start over 400 businesses in the twin cities region, of which many got their start in the Midtown Global Market, a large public market owned and managed by NDC.  NDC has long had a connection to Syracuse through its partnership with the Upstart program, run out of Centerstate CEO.  Through that existing relationship, the Allyn Family Foundation partnered with Centerstate CEO and NDC, to develop a similar concept for a food hall here in Syracuse.

City Market from Clinton St, click to enlarge image.

In addition to the food merchants, the first floor will include a 2,100 square foot grocery store as well as a coffee shop that transitions to a bar in the afternoon/evenings.  The grocery store operator has been identified but will not be formally announced until early October.  The coffee shop/bar will be run by Salt City Coffee, an existing local business owned by Aaron and Maria Methe.  This will be their second location (their first location is at 509 W. Onondaga Street).

The 3rd and 4th floor one and two-bedroom apartments will be a model for true mixed-income living as already proven in many other cities.  Mixed-income apartments ensure affordability and foster diverse living environments.  The apartments will range in size from 800 to 1,000 square feet.

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