October 31, 2002
City Targets Dilapidated Buildings
by Frederic Pierce, Staff writer
Sometimes, giving something to a neighborhood means taking something
away from a neighborhood.
In the case of two city areas targeted by the Syracuse Neighborhood
Initiative, that something is a cluster of vacant dilapidated and
When Rep. James Walsh and Mayor Matt Driscoll last week unveiled their
comprehensive plans for the Cannon and Newell street and Onondaga and
Geddes street corridors, they made it clear that demolishing those
eyesores was a priority.
On the west side, Driscoll said the city was already in the process of
tearing down four abandoned buildings. He even got behind the
controls of an excavator and took the first few bites out of a West
Onondaga Street house.
Driscoll pledged to knock down eight more buildings in the area within
three months and one more by spring.
He made a similar pledge for the area around Cannon and Newell streets,
where crews had already demolished six vacant buildings during the
Nine more will fall before spring, Driscoll said.
Money for the demolitions will come from the $2 million that each of
the areas received as part of Walsh's $31 million Syracuse Neighborhood
This is the city's schedule for tearing down problem structures in
these two neighborhoods:
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