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Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy Holidays from Our Northside

Written by admin  • December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

Written by admin  • December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays to all from all of the partners for Our Northside!
We hope you have a safe & happy new year!

St. Joseph’s Phase II Groundbreaking

Written by admin  • December 18, 2009

On December 21, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center breaks ground on the largest expansion in its 140 year history, as well as the largest “green” hospital construction in the Central New York area. The $220 million expansion will enable the hospital to provide better care to more patients, a better working environment for employees, and a new structure to foster pride on the Northside. In addition to all those benefits, the expansion creates more jobs in the area between the construction process and also additional health care staff once the new facilities are in place.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for Phase II of the construction process will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 21 at the corner of East Laurel and Townsend Streets. Complimentary parking is available in the Medical Office Center garage, located at the corner of Union Avenue and Townsend Street, one block from the groundbreaking site.

Light refreshments will be served. Please note this event will be held “snow or shine,” so please dress accordingly.

For more information regarding Phase II of the St. Joseph’s hospital expansion read the Our Northside Newsletter article in the July 2009 issue by clicking here.

3rd Thursday Comes to Craft Chemistry

Written by admin  • December 17, 2009

3rd Thursdays aren’t just for downtown. The 3rd Thursday of every month is Syracuse’s citywide open gallery night, and this month Craft Chemistry has something special on the Northside. The store is featuring designs from Susan Fuller of after winter jewelry. For more information check out Craft Chemistry’s website by clicking here, and while you’re there check out some of the other artists’ work currently showcased at the shop.

Other galleries on the Northside that are continuing participants in 3rd Thursdays include: the Open Hand Theater and the Artrage gallery. For information on all the participating galleries check out the 3rd Thursday website by clicking here.

And if you want to share in the holiday spirit on the Northside, don’t forget to be there at 6 PM tonight for the tree lighting at Butternut Circle.

Butternut Circle Tree Lighting

Written by admin  • December 16, 2009

Last night Amos Park glowed with lights, which were switched on by the Northside Neighbors association following some warming words by Mary Grace Hicks (of the Northside Neighbors) and Mayor Driscoll. However if you missed the tree lighting there, or if you think there is no such thing as too much holiday cheer, and you just can’t get enough of tree-lightings this holiday season there is no need to worry!

The North Side TNT-Court Woodlawn Neighborhood Task Force and the  City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Deptartment invites everyone to come celebrate the first ever Butternut Circle Tree lighting this Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 PM.

Join in the fun as we listen to holiday songs from carolers, sip hot chocolate and munch on candy canes, thanks to the generosity of  Butternut Circle area merchants. All these wonderful festivities lead up to the flip of the switch and the lighting up of our Butternut Circle tree with the holiday spirit. Thursday, December 17th @ 6:00PM at the intersection of Grant Blvd. and Butternut St. Bring the kids and grandkids. Tell your neighbors and friends! Common Councilor Michael Heagerty will be there to share in the holiday cheer, won’t you?

If you have any questions about the upcoming event please contact: Barbara Krause @ barbarak.tnt@gmail.com  phone 396.1094

Traffic Updates

Written by admin  • December 14, 2009

March 20, 2010: TRAVELER ADVISORY – Left Lane Closure on Southbound I-81, City of Syracuse (Onondaga County)

The New York State Department of Transportation announced that the left lane of southbound Interstate 81, from Park Street to the eastbound I-690 off-ramp, will be closed from March 20, 2010  at 7:00 a.m. until approximately June 1 for center pier reconstruction work at the Butternut Street bridge.

Two southbound through lanes will be available approaching the work site.

For updated information on this project, check www.511ny.gov or dial 511. Or click here for the NYSDOT website.

December 14, 2009: The New York State Department of Transportation announced that construction work on the Butternut Street bridge over Interstate 81 will begin on Monday, January 4, 2010.

This is the third bridge reconstruction on the Northside of Syracuse, following the Spencer and Court Street bridges, which were opened earlier this year. Like the previous two bridge replacements, work on the Butternut crossing will be done in one construction phase, meaning this important connector street will be closed to all traffic. The signed detours will be as follows:

For downtown traffic traveling towards northbound I-81: north on N. Franklin Street; east (right turn) on Herald Place; then north (left turn) on N. Salina Street.  Vehicles can then enter the highway from the N. Pearl Street entrance.

For local traffic traveling between the north and west sides of Syracuse, the same detour will be used: N. State Street, N. Salina Street, Herald Place and N. Franklin Street. A free pedestrian shuttle service will also run along the detour route, with stops at the intersections of Butternut/N. Franklin Street and Butternut/N. State Street.  This shuttle service will be in operation Monday thru Friday between 6 AM and 6 PM and on Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM for the duration of the bridge work.

In addition to the closure on Butternut Street, the left lane of I-81, in both directions, will be closed continuously from (approximately) April 1 to June 1, to facilitate work on the center pier of the bridge.  Overnight work to remove the existing bridge deck and set the new steel beams will also be needed, requiring off-highway detours.  These overnight work periods are scheduled to take place in January and June, respectively.
It is anticipated that all work should be completed by September 30, 2010.

Check back on the Our Northside website for regular updates to the bridge reconstruction process and detour information. You will be able to find updates and general information on the right sidebar with the orange detour sign. For more information about the detour, including maps, click here.

Northside Neighbors Annual Tree Lighting

Written by admin  • December 10, 2009

Were you unable to make it to the lighting of the tree in downtown back in November? Or maybe there were just too many people there for your liking? Well, if you’d like another chance at kicking off the holidays, then come and celebrate the season with your local friends and neighbors.

The Northside Neighbors are bringing festivities and light to Amos Park (across from DiLauro’s Bakery) on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:00 PM. All are welcomed to attend this annual tree lighting ceremony put on by the dedicated Northside neighborhood group. The Northside Neighbors actually had a hand in getting Amos Park built (where the tree will be lit) among many other accomplishments. So, please, come celebrate the holiday spirit, and spread some cheer and good times throughout the Northside.

Northeast Community Center Provides Transport Services to Seniors

Written by admin  • December 7, 2009

Are you a senior wondering how you’ll get to that doctor’s or hair appointment now the cold is settling in for the winter? There’s no need to worry, in fact the Syracuse Northeast Community Center provides services to seniors including transportation to different appointments, shopping, the Community Center itself and Community Center senior field trips.
The Northeast Community Center has enriched the lives of Northside neighbors for over 30 years. Programs abound at the Community Center for seniors in the community, as well as teen and grade school aged children, such as tutoring help and evening programs. The senior programs include field trips, transportation services and activities at the Community Center such as exercise and aquatics programs.

For any transportation needs please contact: Deirdre Washington at 315.472.6343 or by email at dwashington@snccsyr.org Advanced notice is required, and unfortunately not all transportation requests can be honored depending on the day and the volume of appointments scheduled.
Check out other programs by visiting the Northeast Community Center at 716 Hawley Ave. Syracuse, NY 13203 or the Center’s website at: www.snccsyr.org

Apply Now for Prospect Hill Homes

Written by admin  • December 3, 2009

Prospective residents are encouraged to apply now for the new Prospect Hill Homes. Thanks to the unusually cooperative CNY weather this fall, contractors over on Prospect Hill took advantage and got vital aspects of the construction process begun or finished, meaning that the first of the Prospect Hill Homes will be available as soon as February of next year. Getting so much of the necessary exterior work completed, such as having framing started or completed on 14 of the 15 structures, allows for other work to continue inside when the weather returns to the typical CNY cold and snow.

The units are in multi-family houses for 2 to 6 families with anywhere from 1 to 5 bedrooms. More than 50% of the units are 3 bedrooms or larger and all the housing units adhere to the Green Building Initiative requirements of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Not only is the housing environmentally friendly, the units are also conveniently located within walking distance of local parks and green spaces, and also the commercial corridor of North Salina Street. There is easy access to highways and public transportation, as well as employment centers like St. Joseph’s hospital and downtown. There are active local community and neighborhood organizations, as well as several churches representing a variety of denominations.

Housing Visions Unlimited, Inc. is currently accepting applications for Prospect Hill Homes that will be available February 2010. The applications are available Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM at their Maple Heights office on the corner of Maple and Genesee Streets. Housing Visions will present on the application process at the January Northside Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today (TNT) meeting at Grant Middle School on Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 PM.

For further information detailing the project check out Housing Visions’ website here: http://www.housingvisions.org/housing_prospect_hill_homes.htm