Press release submitted by Assumption Church; Franciscan Friars Conventual, Province of Our Lady of the Angels; and 800 Block, LLC
The Franciscan Friars, in order to enhance and strengthen their 150-year-old ministry of service on the North Side of Syracuse, are partnering with developers on Syracuse’s North Side to continue to serve the spiritual and physical needs of the local community, especially those most in need. In a strategic effort to continue and build upon this core mission certain real property on Syracuse’s North Side will be transferred to two local developers.
The sale includes the following real property commonly designated by the following eight addresses and tax map parcels:
1. 1109-27 N. Townsend St., Syracuse, NY (008.-02-01.1);
2. 1105 N. Townsend St., Syracuse, NY (008.-02-02.0);
3. 207 Catawba St., Syracuse, NY (008.-02-04.0);
4. 800-02 N. Salina St., Syracuse, NY (008.-02-05.0);
5. 812 N. Salina St., Syracuse, NY (portion;008.-02-06.0);
6. 1129 N. Townsend St., Syracuse, NY (008.-02-08.0);
7. 1923 Lodi St., Syracuse, NY (008.-03-13.1); and
8. 207 Isabella St., Syracuse, NY (007.-34-17.0).
The Franciscan Friars are not selling, and shall retain ownership and control of, the Assumption Church, the St. Francis Friary, and the large parking lot on the north-most section of the property. The Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen will also continue to operate on the premises to provide families with food parcels each month to meet their basic needs.
The buyers, Troy Evans and Steve Case, have formed 800 Block, LLC, to acquire the subject properties. Mr. Evans and Mr. Case are two local developers with a passion for community-oriented real estate development.
Case is a Syracuse native who studied economics at Bucknell University and later earned a master’s degree in real estate at Syracuse University. Case has since formed Acropolis Development, LLC, from which he brokers, manages, and develops real estate locally. Case’s projects include a new housing development called Xavier Woods located in the city of Syracuse, 235 East Water Street, the Gere Bank Building in Hanover Square, and the Addis Building located in downtown Syracuse. He is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University where he teaches real estate development and real estate principles.
Evans began buying, redeveloping, and managing real estate more than a decade ago. Evans’s most recent redevelopment project, Commonspace, is a unique live/work project that transformed the building at 201 East Jefferson St. in downtown Syracuse into a connection hub for motivated individuals. Commonspace houses Syracuse CoWorks, a 5,000-square-foot Coworking space, and 21 CoLiving Units designed to create a neighborhood within the building (www.Commonspace.io). Other recent projects include the Mill Pond Landing Building in the Armory Square district of Syracuse and 731 James Street.
Evans and Case are working closely with North Side residents, organizations and stakeholders to create a redevelopment plan that will help highlight and build upon the uniqueness and great history of the North Side of Syracuse. Evans and Case are excited to help add to all of the great assets the North Side already has to offer.
While the redevelopment details are currently evolving, the redevelopment plan will include, at a minimum, a historic redevelopment of the St. Clare apartment building to cater to those currently “priced out” of Syracuse’s downtown apartment market. The apartments will be well-appointed with reclaimed hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of natural light, new appliances, remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, all while keeping the historic charm of the building. The redevelopment will also include improvements to the various commercial spaces included in the sale to accommodate new and existing tenants.