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  • Department of Neighborhood 
    and Business Development
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    Michael Collins, Commissioner
    City Hall Commons, 6th Floor
    201 E. Washington St. – Syracuse, NY 13202
    (315) 448-8100


       
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  • The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development works to preserve and enhance Syracuse neighborhoods and commercial centers by administering federal, state and local funding programs, engaging with and providing support to encourage residential development and economic growth and leveraging resources to create thriving neighborhoods, communities and business districts throughout the city of Syracuse.

     

  • Department News
     
    Year 47 CAPER Public Meeting

    The Year 47 CAPER Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at City Hall Commons Building Atrium at 5:30 p.m. The public document has been released on the City's website on July 1, 2022, and presented at the Public Meeting. The comment period will start July 1, 2022 and ends July 20, 2022. NBD will report the outcomes from Program Year 47 (2021-2022) and solicit feedback from citizens and stakeholders in measuring performance on its federal funding goals. Please submit written comments about the CAPER report via email to nbd@syrgov.net or hand deliver to the NBD office at 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. Accommodations for persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons can be made by calling (315) 448-8100. Thank you for your interest in this process and for your continued commitment to strengthening neighborhoods and families in our community. The City of Syracuse complies with 31 CFR Part 51 and does not discriminate in access to facilities, programs, services, or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, marital status, national origin, or disability.


     
    City of Syracuse
    American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

    COMMERCIAL CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT FUND

    Request for Applications

    Using funding allocated from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Syracuse has created an investment program designed to support the redevelopment and improvement of commercial and mixed-use properties that are underutilized in order to assist in the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, reactivate storefronts, and foster new growth. Please see information and instructions on how to apply below. In order to help address the economic challenges and hardship experienced by the small business and real estate community in Syracuse since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the City of Syracuse has established a new capital improvement grant program to spur revitalization on commercial corridors and activate ground level storefronts. The goal of the program is to generate new investment within Syracuse neighborhoods while creating greater economic opportunity. The program is designed to promote economic recovery, and leverage new investment within commercial and mixed-use properties, with particular emphasis placed on neighborhood businesses districts and commercial corridors.

     CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CORRIDOR FUND APPLICATION FORM + FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) SHEET 

    Eligible applicants include those who own or occupy space within a property that is physically located in the City of Syracuse that is classified with a commercial use - this may include mixed-use buildings that contain residential apartments. Any property considered eligible must currently contain a significant portion of vacant and underutilized space at the time of this application. "Significant vacancy" is defined as a minimum of 40% of the total square footage of the building that is not used or occupied. New construction projects are also considered eligible. Both for-profit and nonprofit/501c3 or c4 organizations are eligible to apply. Additionally all real estate and capital upgrades may only include properties located within a qualified ARPA census tract (see map here).

    In order to seek funding, all interested applicants are required to fill out the application form beginning on Page 6 of the request for application (RFA) document (see link to application form above). Electronic copies of the RFA are available online at the City of Syracuse website at www.syrgov.net Please see the "Application Instructions" on Page 5 of this document for more information. Fully completed applications and required supporting documentation can be submitted starting on Monday April 18, 2022. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday June 15, 2022 at 12 PM. Only fully completed application with all supporting documentation will be considered.

    Application Instructions:

     

    1. Access and download the ARPA Commercial Corridor Improvement Fund Application via this link.
    2. Carefully review and fill out/complete the application form. Please note in addition to the completed application, the proposal must provide the required supporting documentation items included in the application form.
    3. Assess the checklist of items needed in order to ensure your application is complete at the time of submission. Please be aware of timeliness required to receive 3rd party contractor quotes or estimates from design professionals in order to render services for cost projections and develop a detailed scope of work. Please note in addition to the aforementioned list of required items, the City reserves the right to request additional financial or other corporate governance or other materials or information it deems necessary to adequately review and assess the application following submission.
    4. Submit the completed application and supporting materials by email (preferred method) or by mail as noted above no later than 12 PM on Wednesday June 15, 2022. All questions regarding this program and application materials should be directed to City of Syracuse staff and sent by email to: business@syrgov.net.
    5. Applicants shall cooperate with the City of Syracuse to satisfy any State or Federal mandated reporting requirements.
     
    For any questions or to discuss this program, please contact the Department of Neighborhood & Business Development at 315-448-8100 or at business@syrgov.net.

     

    Year 48 (2022-2023) Draft 3rd Annual Action Plan

    The Department of Neighborhood & Business Development (NBD) announces the release of the DRAFT of the City of Syracuse Third Annual Action Plan (2022-2023). The Action Plan, available here, describes and outlines how the City will address Syracuse's housing and community development needs, goals and objectives as determined by the City and its citizens for the next program year. The 30-DAY COMMENT PERIOD begins on March 8, 2022 and will be opened until April 7, 2022. All comments will be accepted for consideration. The final version of the Third Annual Action Plan for Program Year 48 will include all comments received by the Department. Questions and comments regarding this Action Plan may be directed to:

         Michael Collins, Commissioner
         Department of Neighborhood and Business Development
         City Hall Commons, Suite 600
         201 East Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
         Phone: (315) 448-8100 | Email: nbd@syrgov.net

    Comments may also be submitted at a Public Meeting to be held by the Department of Neighborhood & Business Development on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. in Common Council Chambers, City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse, NY 13202.
     
    Interpreters are available upon request to meet the needs of non-English speaking persons. Requests are to be submitted at least three business days prior to the meeting by calling (315) 448-8100.

     

    UNSAAC Grant: Funding Year 2022 – 2023

    The City of Syracuse and Syracuse University renewed the University Neighborhood Service Agreement for a period of five years. The City is accepting applications for the funding period running through June 2023 .  

    The City will consider applications seeking funding for reimbursement for operating expenses incurred by eligible organizations during Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022).

    Eligible non-profit organizations are invited to apply for funding for neighborhood programs, projects or services that promote preservation and improvement of housing, community support, or park and public space improvements within the service agreement borders (see UNSAAC MAP). 
     
    The applicant must be a 501(c)(3) organization or have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) tax status that will apply for and receive funds on the program’s behalf. 

    The UNSAAC Grant application can be found here. Applications are due no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, March 7, 2022. If you have any questions, please call NBD at 315-448-8100.

     

    The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development is accepting proposals for funding under :

    CDBG, HOME, and ESG Grants for Year 48 (May 1st, 2022 through April 30, 2023)

     The 2022-2023 Application Notice is available here for additional information on the application process; it also contains the Performance Matrix details that are necessary to complete the application. Revised forms are available via the links below.

    • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Apply Here
    • Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) Certification Apply Here
    • HOME Investment Partnership Program for Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Certification Apply Here
    • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program  Apply Here

     Applications are due by November 12, 2021, no later than 2:00 PM. NBD invites all interested applicants to attend a virtual Technical Assistance Training on October 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm, in preparation for submitting applications.

    If you have questions or wish to request an application via mail, please contact NBD at 315-448-8100 or NBD@syrgov.net.

    For your reference, the Final Five Year Consolidated Plan 2020-2024 is available here.

     

    Year 47 (2021-2022) Final 2nd Annual Action Plan

    The Department of Neighborhood +Business Development announces the release of the FINAL Second Annual Action Plan for Year 47 (May 1, 2021 – April 30th, 2022) to the public. To download a copy of the FINAL Second Annual Action Plan click here. To request a hard copy please contact NBD staff at nbd@syrgov.net or call 315.448.8100. The comment period is February 26th, 2021 – March 26th, 2021. Please send all comments to nbd@syrgov.net.

     

    Year 46 CAPER Public Meeting 

    The Year 46 CAPER Public Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at City Hall Commons Building Atrium @ 5PM.

    The public document will be released via email, on the City’s website, and at the public meeting for review on July 22, 2021. 

    The comment period will start July 22, 2021 and ends August 12th, 2021.

    NBD will report outcomes from Program Year 46 (2020-2021) and solicit feedback from citizens and stakeholders in measuring performance on its federal funding goals. Please submit written comments about the CAPER report via email to nbd@syrgov.net or hand deliver to the NBD office at 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.  Accommodations for persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons can be made by calling (315) 448-8100.

    Thank you for your interest in this process and for your continued commitment to strengthening neighborhoods and families in our community.

    The City of Syracuse complies with 31 CFR Part 51 and does not discriminate in access to facilities, programs, services, or activities on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, marital status, national origin, or disability.

     

     Year 47 (2021-2022) 2nd Annual Action Plan - Revised CDBG Budget

    HUD has notified the City of a change in the award of CDBG funds. As this notification occurred after Common Council approval of the Second Annual Action Plan, City of Syracuse Department of Neighborhood & Business Development is holding a public comment period on the revised budget. 

    Comments will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. Monday June 14, until 5:00 p.m. Thursday June 17. 

    To download a copy of the Second Annual Action Plan with the revised CDBG budget click here. For more information, or to provide comment or request a hard copy, please contact the Department of Neighborhood & Business Development:

    E-mail: nbd@syrgov.net

    Mail: Dept. of Neighborhood & Business Development, 201 E. Washington Street, Suite 600, Syracuse, New York 13202

    Phone: (315) 448-8100

     

     Year 45 (2019-2020 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) DRAFT.  Please view here.

    The Year 45 CAPER Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. At this meeting NBD reports its performance for Year 45 (2019-2020) and comments and recommendations from citizens and stakeholders pertaining to the expenditure of funds for programs serving eligible populations in the City’s Revitalization areas. The comment period will be open until February 25th, 2021. 

    The public hearing is being conducted in accordance with 
    NYS Executive Order No. 202.15. The public does not have 
    a right to attend this public hearing in person. The
    public may view/listen to this hearing via a live stream accessible by internet and telephone audio. Participation is available through an access code. The URL for the live stream and code will be posted on the City of Syracuse website at least 72-hours before the hearing. The public may comment in writing by emailing nbd@ci.syracuse.ny.us .
    Comments will be appended to the hearing record. 

     NBD invites you to the WebEx Meeting here: 

    https://syrgov.webex.com/syrgov/j.php?MTID=m192df6bc59df7395d914713e70b07121

     

    Meeting number (access code): 179 638 9114

    Meeting password: 7arYt5PX8tx 

    Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll


    CARES ACT CDBG-V3 Funding 

    During this current public health crisis, it is critical we do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of those most vulnerable to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19. The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Syracuse is proposing to use the CARES ACT CDBG-V3 funds to address urgent need in our community. Please view plans here: 

    UD has approved a not less than 5-day public comment period for CDBG-V3 funds. The comment period for CDBG-V3 funds will begin on December 28, 2020 and end on January 5, 2021, which will allow the public to make comments or suggestions regarding COVID-19 related needs and use of these funds. NBD invites you to a public WebEx hearing to be held on obtain additional comments regarding COVID-19 related needs and use of these funds on: 

    • Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:30PM
    • Meeting number (access code): 179 508 1743 
    • Meeting password: MCwPcFrU836
      (To join from a mobile device: Join by phone +1-408-418-9388 United States Toll Free)


    Winter Dining Guidelines

    The City is encouraging businesses to review new guidelines to support outdoor dining and other uses of the City’s Right of Way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    Request for Proposals:

    CDBG, HOME, and ESG Year 47 (May 1st, 2021 through April 30, 2020)

    • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Apply Here
    • Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) Certification Apply here  
    • HOME Investment Partnership Program for Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Certification Apply here
    • HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program Apply Here
    • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program Apply Here
    Live Remote | Program Year 47 Application and Certification Technical Assistance Training October 27, 2020 Watch Now on Youtube

     University Neighborhood Service Agreement Advisory Committee (UNSAAC) 2020-2021

    •   Deadline May, 27, 2020 Applications closed
    CARES ACT - ESG/CDBG-CV Plan
     
    During this current public health crisis, it is critical we do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of those most vulnerable to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19. The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Syracuse is proposing to use the ESG & CDBG-CV funds to address urgent need in our community. Please view plan here.
    • Public Hearing on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 5PM  
     
      
     Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement (FGEIS)
      
    Five Year Consolidated Action Plan (2020-2024) FINAL

    The Consolidated Action Plan describes and outlines how the City will address Syracuse's housing and community development needs, goals, and objectives as determined by the City and its citizens for the  next five years. Following public comment and HUD approval, the final document has been released and can be viewed here: Five Year Consolidated Action Plan (2020-2024) FINAL

     

    CDBG, HOME, and ESG Year 46 (May 1st, 2020 - April 30th, 2021)

    • HOME Investment Partnership Program RFP Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) Certification Year 46 (May 1st, 2020- April 30th, 2021)
    •  Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) RFP Program Year 46  (May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021) 
    •  HOME, Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program RFP Program Year 46  (May 1st, 2020- April 30th, 2021)
    •  Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) Certification Year 46 (May 1st, 2020 – April 30)

     

    Environmental Review Statement

    Please click here for a copy of the Environmental Review Statement for the City of Syracuse’s Lead Hazard Control Grant. All comments can be submitted to: nbd@syrgov.net or by mail to 201 E Washington Street, Suite 600, Syracuse, NY 13202 ATTN: Lead Program.

    Year 45 (2019-2020 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) DRAFT.  Please view here.

    The Year 45 CAPER Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. At this meeting NBD reports its performance for Year 45 (2019-2020) and comments and recommendations from citizens and stakeholders pertaining to the expenditure of funds for programs serving eligible populations in the City’s Revitalization areas. The comment period will be open until February 25th, 2021. 

    The public hearing is being conducted in accordance with 
    NYS Executive Order No. 202.15. The public does not 
    have a right to attend this public hearing in person. The public may view/listen to this hearing via a live stream accessible by internet and telephone audio. Participation is available through an access code. The URL for the live stream and code will be posted on the City of Syracuse website at least 72-hours before the hearing. The public may comment in writing by emailing nbd@ci.syracuse.ny.us .
    Comments will be appended to the hearing record. 

     
    The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development announces the final Fifth Annual Action Plan for Year 45 (May 1st, 2019 – April 30th, 2020) to the public .To download a copy of the Final Fifth Annual Action Plan click here. To request a hard copy please contact NBD staff. Email: Wenona Timmons, wtimmons@syrgov.net

    The Department of Neighborhood and business Development (NBD) has completed the 30 day comment period and NBD held a Public Hearing on February 13th, 2019 at 5PM. The Common Council held a Public Meeting to vote on the submission of the 2019 – 2020 Annual Action Plan, March 13th, 2019 at 5:30PM.

    NBD thanks the community for participating in this integral process and encourage continued citizen participation. For more information on the Fifth Annual Action Plan, please contact us by calling (315) 448-8100.

    Year 45 (2019-2020 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) DRAFT.  Please view here.

    The Year 45 CAPER Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. At this meeting NBD reports its performance for Year 45 (2019-2020) and comments and recommendations from citizens and stakeholders pertaining to the expenditure of funds for programs serving eligible populations in the City’s Revitalization areas. The comment period will be open until February 25th, 2021. 

    The public hearing is being conducted in accordance with 
    NYS Executive Order No. 202.15. The public does not 
    have a right to attend this public hearing in person. The public may view/listen to this hearing via a live stream accessible by internet and telephone audio. Participation is available through an access code. The URL for the live stream and code will be posted on the City of Syracuse website at least 72-hours before the hearing. The public may comment in writing by emailing nbd@ci.syracuse.ny.us .
    Comments will be appended to the hearing record. 

      
    Five Year Consolidated Action Plan (2015-2019)
     
    The final draft of the Consolidated Action Plan describes the Department’s performance goals and strategy for meeting them for the next five years. CLICK HERE to view an electronic version of the Consolidated PlanThe 30 day COMMENT PERIOD began on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 and ended on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  All comments submitted within these dates have been included within the Plan.
     
      
    FINAL Fourth Annual Action Plan
      
    The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development announces the final Fourth Annual Action Plan for Year 44 (May 1st, 2018 – April 30th, 2019) to the public .To download a copy of the Fourth Annual Action Plan click here. To request a hard copy please contact NBD staff:
     
     
    Year 44 (2018-2019) CAPER DRAFT

    Year 43 (2017-2018) A public meeting was held on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 4 p.m. in the Atrium, City Hall Commons, 201 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202. At this meeting, NBD reported on its performance for Year 43 (2017-2018) and heard comments and recommendations from citizens and stakeholders pertaining to the expenditure of funds for programs serving eligible populations in the City’s Revitalization areas. Click here to download a copy of the public document.

     
     
    Final 2018-20 UNSAAC Funding Recommendations
    The City of Syracuse is happy to announce the award recipients for the University Neighborhood Service Agreement Advisory Committee(UNSAAC) funding allocation. The allocations represent the full amount to be received over a 2-year period  for a total of $750,000 of local grant funding. Click here for the FINAL 2018-20 (UNSAAC) Funding Recommendations

    Affordable Housing Study Report (2016)
    The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development completed an Affordable Housing report, illustrating where and how many affordable housing units are in the City of Syracuse. For a copy of the document, click here.

    Other Documentation:
    Located in Maps, Plans, and Data
   
   
 
       
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