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A developer who made a name developing apartments and condominiums in downtown Syracuse wants for the first time to try his hand building single-family homes in the city.
Robert Doucette is proposing building 32 houses — which would sell for about $225,000 apiece — on the Syracuse’s East Side. It would be the biggest subdivision within the city in more than 20 years.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law allowing municipalities to create land banks to convert vacant properties into uses that support community revitalization.
Land banks are local entities authorized to take control and redevelop vacant or abandoned properties to where they can better serve the public interest. With many Upstate municipalities suffering from an overabundance in vacant and abandoned properties due to population losses, land banks will give cities and counties a new tool to rebuild communities and foster local economic development.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that Syracuse, New York has been chosen as one of 10 communities throughout the nation being recognized as a “Green Infrastructure Partner.” Green infrastructure projects use open space and natural areas, such as greenways, wetlands, parks, forests and native plant vegetation, to manage stormwater and reduce flooding. The selection of the partner cities was based on their success in implementing green techniques to manage stormwater, and in their progress in creating more sustainable, livable communities.
“Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse have set a tremendous example for other communities looking to improve their water quality,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck. “Green infrastructure is a fiscally responsible answer to many urban water challenges, and helps build healthier communities. The investments that Syracuse and Onondaga County are making today will be a catalyst for sustainable growth for years to come.”