East Adams Transformation Master Planning Process
April 19th Meeting at Toomey Abbot Towers 6pm to 7pm
Pre-Kick-Off Meeting with Resident Leaders
Updates on East Adams Street Neighborhood Transformation Plan
In 2021, SHA, Blueprint 15 and the City of Syracuse intend to begin a master planning process to create a comprehensive transformation plan for the redevelopment of the East Adams Street Neighborhood.
Previously, you have received information regarding the East Adams Street Neighborhood Transformation Project, which includes the redevelopment of Pioneer Homes, Central Village, AOT and McKinney Manor. This redevelopment is part of a larger vision that in partnership with the City of Syracuse, Blueprint 15, local stakeholders, and most importantly the residents that seeks to create a “Transformation Plan”.
The Master Planning process will build off of SHA’s 2016 Preferred Concept Plan.
The Plan will have three components.
Housing: Replace severely distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood;
People: Improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education; and
Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
The Master Planning process is contingent upon a comprehensive resident, community and stakeholder engagement.
The footprint of the Master Plan consists of 118 square acres on 27 square blocks bordered by East Adams Street to the north to East Castle Street / Dr. Martin Luther King (M.L.K) Street to the south, and from South Salina Street on the west to the I-81 corridor on the east. Within the footprint are Pioneer Homes, McKinney Manor, Central Village and AOT.
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What Does Redevelopment Mean?
The redevelopment process involves a one-to-one replacement of the existing public housing apartments and the construction of additional affordable and market-rate housing units. The current public housing unit will be rehabilitated or demolished and replaced with a newly constructed unit.
Do The Residents Have A Say In Planning The Redevelopment?
Input from residents is imperative when updating the Master Plan and designing the new neighborhood and housing. SHA believes that resident and stakeholder engagement is at the foundation of an aligned, comprehensive transformation plan. To ensure meaningful input and participation in the planning and redevelopment of their communities, SHA, MBS, Urban Strategies and Blueprint 15 will fully engage residents and community stakeholders throughout the design and implementation process.
Throughout the master planning process, residents will be connected with nonprofit service providers, public agencies, philanthropies, faith-based organizations and other local stakeholders to build and support vibrant, self-sustaining communities.
How Will The Engagement With Residents Happen?
Initially, SHA, Blueprint 15 and USI will engage resident leaders from the various neighborhood associations and tenant groups in identifying engagement and communication strategies that meet their needs, and are transparent and inclusive of all partners, residents and community stakeholders.
How Can We Have Meetings With COVID?
In deference to safety restrictions required by COVID-19, SHA, Blueprint and USI also will incorporate engagement methodologies that support social distancing, including using virtual platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and One Call, a texting/phone tree system), and our YouTube and social medial platforms.
How Will A Resident Know Master Planning Is Starting?
An engagement strategy will be created with input from SHA and Blueprint 15 to ensure comprehensive resident engagement. SHA will contact all residents by mail, email and phone to give them notice of all meetings, events and activities regarding master planning. SHA will advertise all meetings on their website and Facebook pages. SHA will also go door to door to engage with residents.
What If a Resident Does Not Have A Smart Phone Or Computer?
Meetings will take place at Toomey Abbot Towers and the Coffee House at Pioneer Homes to allow residents to have access to internet technology.
What is a Transformation Plan?
East Adams Street Neighborhood Transformation Plan
The end goal of the Master Planning Process is for the residents and community stakeholders of the East Adams Street Neighborhood to create a “Transformation Plan” based on the “Housing, People and Neighborhood” goals of HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Initiative.
Specifically, the plan must incorporate the goals of replacing the distressed public housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood, improving the outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment and income, health, and children’s education and creating conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.
The Plan will become the guiding document for the revitalization of the public housing units, while simultaneously directing the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood.
What is the Vision?
Vision for the East Adams Street Neighborhood
Blueprint, SHA, and MBS anticipate that the vision for the Redevelopment will be refined and detailed through a comprehensive master planning process that will solicit meaningful input from all stakeholders, the City of Syracuse, SHA, East Adams residents and Blueprint, to be planned, coordinated and led by MBS.
Due to the public planning efforts completed to date, the anticipation is that MBS will undertake an expedited master planning process that builds off the work completed to date.
Commencing in 2018, SHA, Blueprint and Purpose Built Communities collaborated to refine the concepts in the Preferred Concept Plan and agreed to a shared vision for the Redevelopment, which will be refined and detailed through further planning effort. The outlines for this shared Vision are as follows:
- a highly amenitized neighborhood that includes broad, deep and durable pathways out of poverty. A neighborhood that is safe, vibrant and inclusive where every person has the opportunity to reach her or his full potential;
- A large-scale, high-quality mixed-income housing community to replace the existing deteriorated public housing projects that currently serve to concentrate poverty and deter new investments in the community;
- A cradle-to-college educational pipeline that will provide early childhood education slots for all children age 0-4 living in the new, mixed-income development and expanded programs and facilities to create a PK-12 continuum and a goal of 100% high school graduation and college or career readiness;
- Establishment of new health, wellness and recreational programs and facilities for the community that will serve as true neighborhood amenities for all residents of the community
- Encouragement and support for economic development and inclusive economic opportunities for the benefit of community residents
SHA, Blueprint and Purpose Built agreed that Blueprint would serve as community quarterback to coordinate and provide leadership to achieve the Vision.