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Concert Pavilion a Centerpiece of Onondaga Lake Revitalization Plan

Scott Willis

Governor Andrew Cuomo joined local officials Wednesday in Solvay to unveil details of a plan to revitalize the western side of Onondaga Lake.  

The $100 million project will include a 75-hundred seat lakefront concert pavilion across from the state fairgrounds.  Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says it fits into the larger picture of the lake’s rebirth.   

The announcement of the project is part of Governor Cuomo's proposed budget, and comes after a plan to build a sports stadium in Downtown Syracuse fell through due to concerns from Mayor Stephanie Miner. 

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Governor Andrew Cuomo speak to reporters in Solvay Wednesday.

Governor Cuomo explains how the focus changed.

Governor Cuomo says plans for a sports stadium are on hold, and could return as part of another budget.

In addition to the concert pavilion, the plan includes major improvements to Bridge Street and Milton Avenue.  There will also be infrastructure upgrades and brownfield remediation to various industrial sites to attract potential developers who would create jobs. If the legislature approves the project as part of Cuomo's budget, work would begin begin later this year and be finished by 2015. 

Scott Willis covers politics, local government, transportation, and arts and culture for WAER. He came to Syracuse from Detroit in 2001, where he began his career in radio as an intern and freelance reporter. Scott is honored and privileged to bring the day’s news and in-depth feature reporting to WAER’s dedicated and generous listeners. You can find him on twitter @swillisWAER and email him at