Next Steps For Inner Harbor Project: Environmental Reviews & Public Meetings (?)

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According to recent news reports, COR Development has moved into the planning stage for the first portion of the Inner Harbor project.

As soon as COR gained control of the site for development, they used state funding originally intended for the project’s infrastructure needs (sidewalks, lights etc.) to remove contaminated soil from 8 of the 28 acres of the project site.

Now the developer is moving to get its plans for full development of that first portion of the site vetted as environmentally sound. Interestingly enough, the agency that is taking the lead to ensure that the environmental planning is approved is the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency–the folks that will be responsible for deciding if the project will qualify for any tax breaks from the city.

According to the city’s Deputy Commissioner for Economic Development Ben Walsh, hearings to discuss the project’s compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, known as SEQR, will occur this summer.

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