NY: Apartments and commercial space planned for former brewery site on Syracuse’s North Side

An affordable housing organization plans to build a three-story commercial and apartment building on the former Otisca Building site on Syracuse’s North Side.  Housing Visions has submitted plans to the city for a $3.5 million building at the northeast corner of Butternut and North McBride streets.  The 23,877-square-foot building would contain 4,700 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and 20 one-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors.  The property is where the historic Otisca Building stood until it was demolished earlier this year.  Ben Lockwood of Housing Visions indicated they will seek property tax exemptions on the apartments from the Syracuse Common Council.  The Otisca site project is the most prominent of 12 properties on which Housing Visions plans to build a total of 51 apartments for low-income tenants. The others are off South Salina Street on the city’s South Side. In total, the projects will cost $13.8 million to build.

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