County Executive Joanie Mahoney Announces Reopening of Downtown Syracuse Parking Lot for Free Parking as “Save the Rain” Project Nears Completion

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County Reopens Part of the “Trolley Lot” in Armory Square as the Clinton Storage Facility Nears Completion

November 26, 2013

SYRACUSE, NY – Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney today announced that a portion of the “Trolley Lot” in Armory Square will reopen tomorrow afternoon making parking spaces available in Armory Square for holiday shoppers.

“The Armory Square Save the Rain project is nearing completion and we are pleased to reopen part of the Trolley Lot and make it available to holiday shoppers,” said Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. “Armory Square retailers and patrons have been tremendous partners for the County during the construction of this project and making these parking spaces available free of charge will help these business have a strong start to the holiday season.”

In January 2008, Mahoney halted the construction of a sewage treatment facility in Armory Square and instead began construction of a state-of-the-art, six million gallon stormwater storage facility while simultaneously investing millions of dollars in green infrastructure throughout the City of Syracuse to capture stormwater before it enters our combined sewer system.

With the parking lot closed since September 1, 2011, Onondaga County arranged for the Washington Street Garage to be remain open for extended hours, providing free parking on Friday nights, as well as all day and night on Saturday. This will continue until December 31, 2013.

When the facility is complete, the “Trolley Lot” will be fully restored and the facility will capture the flow from 9 Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) during storms, preventing pollution to Onondaga Creek. Final paving and restoration of the parking lot will occur in the Spring of 2014.

The County’s Save the Rain Program is a national model for sustainable stormwater management, recognized by EPA as a green infrastructure partner community in 2011 and awarded a 2013 U.S. Water Prize by U.S. Water Alliance.

For more information on the Clinton Storage Facility: http://savetherain.us/clinton/.

Free Parking Sign

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