By Fernando Garcia-Franceschini SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – More and more luxury apartment complexes keep making their way to Syracuse.
Syracuse University graduate student Michael DiGiorgio decided to live in Campus West because of the short walk to campus and the security.
“The fact that I have to use my key three times to get to my apartment lets me know that I’m safer here than in other places,” he said. DiGiorgio also looked at some landlord-owned houses before deciding and said the apartment complexes offered more and were in better shape.
This boom in luxurious apartment complexes has caused vacancy rates to go up in other neighborhoods in the city, but not in Downtown Syracuse.
According to Alice Maggiore, communications director at the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, in the past ten years there has been a 70 percent increase in the number of people who live in Downtown Syracuse. Right now, there are over 4,000 residents and counting.
But the job is not over. Maggiore said the committee wants more people to come live in the area, especially focusing on college students.
“Right now the two types of population that live here are young professionals and people who are starting to nest and are maybe retiring,” Maggiore mentioned.
She recognized that there is a need for more affordable housing downtown, so there are new options for people looking for a place to live.
First up are The Lofts at Whitlock. These 26 units are located between South Salina and South Clinton Streets and monthly rents prices range from $800 to $1,600.
“Right next to that building, the community has been talking about the Salt City Market,” she said. “It serves as a sort of dining hall with different cuisines from around the world and it’s so nice to have something like that in Syracuse.”
The first floor of the Salt City Market serves as a dining hall and the second floor hosts offices, but floors three, four, and five will be used for housing. Some of those units are expected to be more affordable than some of the other options Downtown. Opening is scheduled for next year.
The Downtown Committee has a guide online for people considering to live in Downtown Syracuse.