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Designs underway for former Kennedy Square site

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Designs are underway at the former Kennedy Square site. The public housing was torn down last year to make way for new development. Our Iris St. Meran tells us what's in store for what will soon be called Loguen's Crossing.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This area in and around East Fayette Street and Irving Avenue will eventually be known as Loguen's Crossing. The first phase was the completion of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator, which opened earlier this year.

SUNY Upstate Medical University Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning Tom Pelis said, "Three clients inside the building right now. And keep in mind only approximately half of the building is built out, the rest of it is shelled."

Pelis says if they get financing from the next round of regional economic development council money, they have plans to fill the building with research space, but he can't disclose the details.

Now that phase one is complete, the next steps will be to develop the empty field adjacent to the center. It was formerly the Kennedy Square Apartment Complex, which was demolished last year. It will now be a mixed-used development. Designs are currently underway for an 80,000 square foot office building which developers hope will bring 500 people from the suburbs to the city.

"That will influx a lot of energy and create demand for such things as delis and restaurants and that sort of thing. So that's the first project that we have under design," Pelis explained.

He says it's based on funding and market demand. The original estimated price tag on the entire project was $225 million. When it's all said and done, that figure could be different. This area will begin to look different as each phase is complete. Once they get the green light, this intersection will be the first change.

Pelis said, "The expectation is Irving Avenue will be extended north from Fayette Street where it ends today to at least Washington Street, which will also be extended into this development and likely to Water Street."

He says it may be hard to envision right now, but although the public may not see it yet, behind the scenes the wheels of development are turning. Construction is expected to start in early 2014.

Loguen's Crossing is named for Dr. Sarah Loguen who was the first woman to graduate from Medical School in Syracuse. She's also believed to be the fourth African American woman to become a licensed physician in the country.

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