Promising development in the City of Syracuse

The largest sub-division within the City of Syracuse in the last 20 years is being planned on a 6.5 acre site south of Syracuse University according to a story in this morning’s Post-Standard.

The developer, Robert Doucette, who helped with the conversion of Armory Square, has set his sites on building 32 single family homes. They will range in size from 1,700 to 2,100 square feet and most will have two bedrooms.

He got the idea from a “green” building conference that he attended and likes the idea of building in the city, using existing roads, water and sewer systems.

Some residents of the area aren’t convinced about the project. Many are worried about additional traffic and drainage issues.

I think this is a great idea. Doucette appears to be addressing the issues that have come up about drainage with rain gardens and bio-swales.  He says he will leave at least 60% of the trees intact. These types of homes should really appeal to younger people who want to live in the city but don’t necessarily want to live in a condo or an older home. Those who have retired should find it very appealing. Many want to downsize, can’t maintain a big home, or want to get away from a two story home. Many need to be closer to services and need to be on a bus route.

If he does what he says he will do, this could be a great addition to the City of Syracuse.

Hey, Cortland, why not here?




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