VISION & PLAN:

The current initiatives at the 5+- acre campus in downtown Syracuse include the redevelopment of 2 additional vacant properties and incorporate a number of state-of-the-art sustainability demonstration components. For example, our current efforts will include the largest privately pursued green infrastructure project in Onondaga County, which will manage up to 10 million gallons of storm-water runoff annually as a component of broader coordinated efforts to revitalize the most polluted lake in the United States. We are drawing from our successful track record to build a larger community that brings organizations and businesses from diverse fields together to inspire people to think collaboratively. Imagine a place that encourages different disciplines to interact, and where individuals are able to work smarter and unleash their creativity to accelerate the development of new ideas and conserve money. This goal will be advanced with a business incubator and innovation accelerator, an effort spearheaded by W. Michael Short and our partners at Short Enterprises in collaboration with the NYS Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College. The design is to connect entrepreneurs with resources, coaches, and new relationships with like-minded forward thinking leaders to enhance the way we live and work. This new initiative is intended to create a long‐lasting connection with the area’s culturally rich and diverse urban lifestyle and provide an affordable safe work environment for promising employers of the future. This project will be centered on the adaptive reuse and redevelopment of 506 West Onondaga Street.

Our Values:

Onondaga Commons is owned and was originally developed by Martin Yenawine in 1988 in collaboration with the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County. The community centered values at the heart of these efforts are mirrored today as Mayor Stephanie Miner, County Executive Joanie Mahoney and their able staff work with Marty and his team to plan and execute the Onondaga Commons Urban Revitalization Initiatives.

  • Honesty: be honest and open in our dealings
  • Caring: place the needs of others in the center
  • Fairness: seek fair, win/win solutions
  • Commitment: treasure long term relationships
  • Serving: attract those serving the community
  • Respect: honor contractual terms and conditions