As future plans for the Onondaga lakefront revitalization are underway, the city of Syracuse is seeking inquiries from local residents with a public survey. All participants have less than a week left to submit feedback.

The revitalization plan encompasses 15 individual projects, focused on waterfront accessibility, protecting natural resources, and economic development in the city’s Inner Harbor neighborhood.

It outlines future plans to upgrade paved surfaces to increase walkability for pedestrians and bicycle lanes, new creekwalk connectivity to nearby locations, and a creation of a mixed use entertainment hub. 

The “Waterfront Revitalization Area” targeted for development includes land along Onondaga Lake, Onondaga Creek and the Inner Harbor between Interstates 690 and 81.

The proposed project includes collaborative efforts among the City of Syracuse, New York state, and Onondaga County for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

The City of Syracuse master plan project for the proposed Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. Photo courtesy of City of Syracuse.

The plan proposes a host of aesthetic enhancements for the Onondaga Creekwalk. This will include signage renewal, vegetation, lighting, updated furnishings, and improved safety features, such as emergency call boxes and surveillance. 

The planning process, in all, is expected to take between 12 to 18 months, and will result in the creation of a comprehensive plan with community-centered vision and policies for development. 

The city of Syracuse offers an online survey for the public as a way to encourage community engagement and input. 

The survey is open until Jan. 31.

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Syracuse Lakefront Waterfront Revitalization Program virtual public meeting video courtesy of City of Syracuse website.

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