I'll be flying out to the great state of Wisconsin for the long weekend, my first trip to the Upper Midwest. I'm anxious to check out Madison, which I understand is a pretty "progressive" city when it comes to urban planning. I'll report back on Monday evening if there is anything 'Cuse-worthy. In the meantime, my capable co-pilot Garrett will keep Salt(ed) City fully manned.
Quickly, quite a bit of interesting news today. First, just when we thought last week all the legal obstacles to Congel's Ditch had been removed...ok, well, no one really thought that. But the Carousel Ten - the ten retailers who filed suit to prevent the abrogation of their leases by the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency - are pursuing their case
with the New York State Court of Appeals in response to last week's unfavorable lower court ruling. As the article - and the retailers' legal briefs - note, this case could have far reaching implications. Should the Appeals Court refuse to hear the case, or if it upholds the lower court ruling, it seems a pretty frightening precedent will be in place. What ever you feel about Destiny, no one should be in favor of this gross abuse of the power of eminent domain.
...Might AXA bail out
of its eponymous downtown towers after all? It appears the Towers Realty, the buildings' owners, are seeking a sweetener package from the city (PILOT agreement extensions, public parking space rights), using the threat of AXA pulling out as leverage. AXA, on the other hand, seems to be saying it wants to stay, and that the city doesn't need to bend over backwards for Towers.
...the Connective Corridor shuttle had its soft opening tonight
, and will start providing free service along the route on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, with eventual full week service. You might remember a vague hint I offered on Monday that we'd see some significant development in the C2
this week. I didn't want to compromise my source, so I left it vague, but uh, trust me, I uh, had the scoop on this. (I can see how fortune tellers make their money...)
Two more really interesting stories in the P-S
today, both of which deserve much more attention than I give, so I will just link to them in passing and tackle them more justly next week. First, CNYers apparently pay
a lot in property taxes, which isn't good for a lot of reasons. Second, a new job initiative had a brainstorming session
yesterday at the Chamber, in anticipation of a March "Journey 2 Jobs" summit. I actually may have some good info on this coming soon, so stay tuned (and it will be a lot less vague than my Connective Corridor "scoop", I promise).
And...oh, from News 10 Now, we get an update
on the Mizpah Towers project - basically saying it isn't going anywhere. This thing has been mishandled from the start, beginning with the initital bid imbroglio. I love this article though - the developer says its waiting for building permits and then can jump in, the city economic development director saying he's heard the project's had some problems, but thinks it can still happen. Hi, crazy thought, but Syracuse is a pretty small town - my guess is the developer, project financiers, and the city should be able to get into a room and figure out where the roadblocks are pretty easily without having to talk to each other through the local cable news channel...sheesh.
And just because we at The Salt(ed) City always like to end on a positive, plot-advancing note, check out this commentary
in the Rochester D&C
on the growth of the biosciences industry in Upstate. Info the Western New York Biosciences Summit, currently taking place, can be found here
. Syracuse CoE, perhaps an enviro-summit in the near future? Oh, would you look at that
...they are way ahead of me.
Enjoy the weekend, all.