EDR began providing cultural resources services in 2010 and has since conducted dozens of historic resources surveys throughout New York State and the northeast. However, EDR’s Historic Preservation team has been fortunate to work on many projects right in our hometown of the City of Syracuse, including several of note in 2020:
On behalf of VIP Structures and Pathfinder Bank, EDR completed Part 1 of the Federal Historic Preservation Certification Application, including a Determination of Eligibility for listing on the State/National Register of Historic Places (S/NRHP) for the George Hanford House at 506 West Onondaga Street. The tax credits will help enable the conversion of the house into a branch for Pathfinder Bank in an underserved community just outside of downtown Syracuse.
On behalf of Paulus Development, EDR completed Part 1 of the Federal Historic Preservation Certification Application, including a Determination of Eligibility for listing on the S/NRHP for the former Smith Restaurant Supply building at 500-506 Erie Boulevard East. The tax credits are encouraging the redevelopment of the Smith building into a mixed-use project with retail spaces and affordable apartments in downtown Syracuse.
On behalf of the City of Syracuse, EDR conducted Phase 2 of a citywide Comprehensive Reconnaissance-Level Historic Resources Survey in collaboration with City Certified Local Government staff and representatives of the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). EDR surveyed a total of 749 properties in the Phase II Survey Area, which included residences; schools; religious, institutional, industrial, commercial, and municipal buildings in the neighborhoods of Brighton, Elmwood, Far Westside, Near Westside, Park Avenue, Skunk City, Southside, Southwest, Strathmore, and Tipperary Hill.
EDR was also recently selected by the City of Syracuse to conduct Phase 3 of the citywide Comprehensive Reconnaissance-Level Historic Resources Survey. Project work is currently underway in Salt Springs, Near Eastside, University Hill, Westcott, Meadowbrook, University Neighborhood, South Campus, Outer Comstock, North Valley, and South Valley neighborhoods.
Grant Johnson, Historic Preservation Senior Project Manager said, “The purpose of these surveys is to update the inventory of historic properties within the city to aid in future planning efforts relative to historic preservation initiatives, including nominations of individual properties and historic districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and applications for State and Federal Historic Credit rehabilitations of qualifying properties. We are very excited to be conducting these important surveys and assisting the City of Syracuse with these initiatives.”
Founded in 1979, EDR is a certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE) dedicated to creating and sustaining a better environment for our clients, employees, and communities and doing so with integrity, a collaborative approach, and genuine passion for our craft. EDR a diverse group of professionals, including ecologists, botanists, wildlife biologists, GIS specialists, archaeologists, historians, visualization specialists, planners, landscape architects, and engineers.
For More InformationGrant Johnson | Senior Project Manager, Historic Preservation