Cuomo announces $100M for Onondaga Lake development, performing arts center

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday details of the Onondaga Lake Revitalization program, including infrastructure improvements and new housing and businesses opportunities.

CuomoTaxesIn the 2014-2015 executive budget, Cuomo proposed $30 million of state funding to support economic development and improvement for communities surrounding Onondaga Lake.

“This year, we are continuing to focus on the revitalization of Upstate New York by leveraging state resources to spur new economic opportunities and job creation for communities like Onondaga County,” Cuomo said today while visiting the proposed projects in the Village of Solvay. “These projects will help boost the local tourism industry and make the area a premier destination to attract new business and enhance the lives of residents – growing the whole region of Central New York.”

The total revitalization program would cost $100.3 million, including the proposed $30 million in state funding, along with resources from the federal government and local funds that come from a portion of Oneida casino payments, Gannett’s Ashley Hupfl reports.

The program proposes $50 million for a “Lakehouse Concert Pavilion” performing arts center; $20 million for infrastructure improvements, including improvements to wastewater treatment facilities; $7 million for streetscape improvements from the State Fair to the lakefront; $3 million to complete the Onondaga Creekwalk; and $1.5 million to purchase and create water taxis on the Syracuse Inner Harbor.

Nearly $19 million would be used for housing projects, road reconstruction, competitive business grant programs, business façade improvements, matching grants for residential homeowner improvements, and demolition of damaged and abandoned properties in the Village of Solvay.

“Governor Cuomo continues to show his commitment to revitalizing the Upstate economy,” Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said in a statement. “This investment in Solvay and Geddes will bring about real change in our community by allowing jobs to be created and is an example of what we accomplish when we all work together.”

Speaking to reporters, Mahoney said they hoped to have as much of the work done this year, and Cuomo said the projects would benefit the nearby State Fair, which has an aging grandstand for concerts.

“It will make the State Fair much more competitive on entertainment events,”

There had been a proposal for a new stadium in Syracuse to house college sports, but Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner hit the brakes on the plan. She wasn’t at Cuomo’s announcement, and instead in Rochester for the visit of Vice President Joe Biden.

“I don’t know what the stadium proposal would have been,” Cuomo told reporters. “I know this is going to be a great economic development project.”

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