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   Armory Square

Starting  March 10, the City of Syracuse and National Grid will begin infrastructure construction on West Fayette Street starting at West Street, the gateway to Armory Square.  Over the next few weeks, construction will continue east along West Fayette Street to Clinton Street.  This initial work involves surveying and site preparation, as well as the installation of catch basins for storm water drainage and water treatment devices near Onondaga Creek in preparation for a new city water main and green infrastructure work being supported through our project partner, Onondaga County / Save the Rain.  National Grid will also be making critical infrastructure upgrades in the area as part of a project unrelated to the Corridor.  In order to better align construction and get through this area quicker, the CC project team will be coordinating our work in this area, starting at the intersection of West Street and West Fayette Street and working east toward downtown.

During this period, there will be some one-lane / one-way street traffic patterns and street parking will be intermittently disrupted as the work begins to progress block by block in the West Fayette Street area near Onondaga Creek.  Connective Corridor bus service will see some detours during West Fayette Street construction, so be sure to keep checking or for the schedule and construction notes.   You'll also find links to free, easy-to-download iOS and Android mobile apps on the CC bus page.  The apps are linked to on-board GPS technology, so you'll get a real-time picture of bus service.

Also, here's a handy link to a downtown parking map that will help you find convenient spots to park during construction.  There is plenty of nearby parking, so please patronize businesses in this section of Armory Square over the next few weeks during construction in this area.  Streets are open, and sidewalks will be maintained through construction so you can walk, drive, eat, stay and shop.  Area businesses have been terrific partners and are working closely with the CC construction team to keep the communication flowing.  On this we all agree:  This is necessary work and the result will be worth it.  So visit our Armory Square neighbors during construction and help support them.  They're looking forward to seeing you, too.


How long has it been?  How long will it be?

It seems like summer has been high construction season in Syracuse for several years.  That's because there's been so much private sector development investment in the heart of downtown.  And that is very good news.  But, it's been a very long time since Syracuse has seen this level of public infrastructure investment.  In fact, the city tells us that West Fayette Street has not been reconstructed since 1940.  After nearly 75 years, it’s time for these important improvements.  We look forward to working with area businesses through this project, which is truly a long-term investment.
  It's part of building a better city.


You'll see construction team leaders in the field wearing white hard hats.  Feel free to stop them and ask questions if you have issues or concerns.  We are all committed to keeping lines of communication open. Here are some handy numbers to call if you have construction questions:
  • Connective Corridor / Syracuse – Onondaga County Planning Agency:  315-448-8110
  • Connective Corridor B&L Engineering / CC Construction field office:  315-477-5036
  • Connective Corridor / SU Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development:  315-443-4137
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Celebrating green streets ... every day of the year


It's Saint Patrick Day celebration next week -- a day the streets are filled with green.  Syracuse is a community of real green streets -- with Connective Corridor green infrastructure and a network of green bike lanes soon connecting business districts and neighborhoods across town.  We're proud to be a green community every day of the year.  The Connective Corridor was recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with its global leadership award and is considered a model "green street" project for its extensive use of green infrastructure in a complete streetscape design.   The County's Save the Rain program makes us an EPA model community.  The Connective Corridor will harvest and manage 22 million gallons of stormwater annually when completed, and that's a lot of green ...

Read more about "greening the corridor" here.

Be sure to come downtown and celebrate the wearing of the green at this year's St. Patrick's Day parade downtown.  Here's the official parade website.


Connective Corridor, SU Student Start-up Centscere, CNY Community Foundation Launch Micro-Giving Project

There’s a theory that this is a community service-minded, let's change-the-world-generation.  A SU student start-up is teaming with the Connective Corridor and the Central New York Community Foundation (CNYCF) to put this theory into action by launching a joint project to build civic engagement and philanthropy in Syracuse along the Connective Corridor. 

Can social media and social entrepreneurship help leverage small change to make a big difference?
  Here's a great test case, right on the Connective Corridor by a group of young social entrepreneurs.  

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Monthly Corridor beautification days start again soon

We're looking forward to working with the Police Retirees Association of Syracuse and Central New York -- along with many community and campus volunteers -- on our monthly beautification days starting up again in April.  Mark your calendar for the second Saturday of each month, and join us any time from 9 a.m. to noon at Forman Park.  You'll find a spirited corps of civic-minded citizens of all ages having fun and making Syracuse a more beautiful place to live, work and study.  We have grade school kids to grandparents, working side by side at these beautification days.  And we'd love more volunteers, especially from the campus community.  Want to join us?  Send an e-mail to for details, or just show up.  We promise you'll find it a great way to meet terrific people and feel a sense of civic pride and accomplishment.  Plus, what better way to connect?

Can't volunteer but want to help?  We're proud to be working through the Central New York Community Foundation to launch a Beautify Syracuse Fund.  It's easy to donate on-line and every gift helps.  Learn more and donate here 

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