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Former Syracuse Developmental Center to be demolished for new development

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Scott Willis

One of Syracuse’s largest eyesores is about to be demolished by New York State. Governor Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday that the state will provide up to $29 million to knock down the complex of buildings that make up the former Syracuse Developmental Center on the city’s west side.

The city has plans to build new housing and a tech hub on the 47 acre site, which is adjacent to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

"In alignment with the Syracuse Surge, our strategy for inclusive growth in the New Economy, we've identified partners to bring high tech jobs and quality housing to the property," Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said.

It’s been vacant for nearly 25 years. The state will also install new water and sewer lines, roads, sidewalks, trees, and lighting.