Cathedral Square Development Corporation

Revitalizing downtown neighborhoods takes vision and it takes collaboration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the heart of downtown Syracuse where historic neighborhoods, such as Columbus Circle/Fayette Park, present a mosaic of churches, museums, service agencies and vacant properties—and loads of potential. After all, a migration to vibrant, inviting city centers is occurring as people of all demographics begin to realize the benefits of city living.

To this end, we established Cathedral Square Development Corporation as a mechanism for this Syracuse neighborhood to collaborate on a shared vision for increasing services and bringing more people to live in the heart of the city.

“Unprecedented,” “pioneering,” and a “model for city neighborhood revitalization” are among the tags describing Cathedral Square. “The idea grew out of a planning study we were doing for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception located in downtown Syracuse,” said Beth Hershenhart. “What started as a charge to raise funds to repair the roof of the magnificent stone cathedral turned into a full-scale neighborhood redevelopment plan.”

The first phase of the novel Cathedral Square project—forming a neighborhood association, planning, and revenue forecasting—is underway. To engage a cross section of the community, Innovation Resources Group launched a Web site to act as an organizing portal. Have a look at: http://cathedralsq.org/.