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Officials break ground on Salina 1st, a mixed-use project south of downtown Syracuse

By Eric Reinhardt


An artist’s rendering of the Salina 1st mixed-use development project that is underway at 1081 South Salina St. in Syracuse. (Visual provided by Gail Montplaisir of Taurus Development Group)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Officials have broken ground on a mixed-use development project called Salina 1st, which is located at 1081 South Salina St., south of downtown Syracuse.

The property where crews will build the facility is a brownfield area, which will be mitigated to make way for the project, Empire State Development (ESD) announced in a Wednesday news release. A brownfield is a property with environmental contamination.

The venture will include the development of close to 52,000 square feet of manufacturing, retail, office, and residential space. The total project cost is close to $6.8 million. ESD expects that crews will complete the project in the second quarter of 2021.

ESD is assisting the effort through a $1.3 million capital grant recommended by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council.

The development team is made up of Emanuel Henderson, owner of JHP Industrial Supply Co. of Syracuse; Eli Smith, owner of E Smith Contracting of Syracuse; and Gail Montplaisir, majority owner of Washington, D.C.–based Taurus Development Group, ESD said.

In addition to the developers who will occupy some of the leasable space, the project will also include a new dental laboratory and incubator space, the agency added.

“This project shows the commitment of our team to invest in our community and supports our vision is to help build prosperity for all community members. Our children deserve to grow up in beautiful, livable and healthy neighborhoods. We are confident that this project will breathe new life into the Southside community,” Gail Montplaisir, majority owner of Taurus Development Group, said in the ESD release.

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