Remix Design Blog

Westcott Remix Overview & Goals

Jun 2, 2020

 

We have a shared vision for our city’s future: Neighborhoods that continue to build on their historic character, and increase quality of life by prioritizing urban design, sustainability, and the local economy.

 

The Westcott Business District is the neighborhood’s heart- it includes a mix of shops and restaurants, a bus line, pedestrian-friendly streets- all within walking distance of thousands of residents. This project aims to strengthen this district by transforming a highly-underutilized property into a site for multiple businesses to have storefront locations, along with contemporary, efficient apartments above.

At the heart of this project is the transformation of a highly-underutilized property at the core of one of Syracuse’s most important business districts. In addition to restoring a more pedestrian friendly environment, Remix will also provide a mix of commercial and apartment rental options that are currently lacking in the immediate market. It will also provide some of the only disabled accessible and “age-in-place” appropriate living units in the neighborhood. This diversity in choices will make a positive contribution to the economic health and overall vibrancy of the neighborhood.

With an eye to the future, and to smart growth, this project is rooted in traditional neighborhood development principles. The goal is to realize a district that supports and encourages all modes of transportation, not solely automobile traffic. The addition of new storefront business activity, increased residential density, public and private bicycle parking, and proximity to Centro bus stops, will make this an appealing option to many people seeking an urban lifestyle.

Finally, the Remix will be constructed using sustainable design techniques. It will have an energy-efficient exterior shell that will reduce the natural resources required for supporting the living units. Plus, the project is targeting the use of onsite energy production, in the form of rooftop solar collectors, to further mitigate the impact of resource use on the natural environment.