First tenant in redeveloped Post-Standard building to open next year
VIP Development Executive Chair Dave Nutting speaks at an event kicking off redevelopment of the former Post-Standard building in downtown
Syracuse, N.Y. —
The first tenant in the revamped former Post-Standard building on Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse will open for business in April.
The tenant, ChaseDesign, will occupy most of the building’s second floor. Chase, a design and business consulting firm now in Skaneateles, will have about 85 people at the building once it moves.
VIP Cos., the project’s developer and the building’s other major tenant, will open on the first floor next October.
Drawings show the redeveloped former Post-Standard building at an event kicking off the project.
VIP Development Executive Chair Dave Nutting announced the expected opening dates at an event Friday to kick off redevelopment of the building, which will be rebranded as The Post. Work on the project is already under way.
“The Post is in many ways the center of Syracuse,” Nutting said. “It’s an honor to be able to make a positive impact next to the biggest public areas our city has to offer.”
VIP, an architectural, engineering, construction and development company, bought the building from the newspaper in 2017. It will make the first floor its new headquarters.
About 130 people will work at the new site.
VIP is currently located about a block away at One Webster’s Landing, but it has been outgrowing that space.
Advance Media New York, publisher of The Post-Standard and its online partner, syracuse.com, moved its newsroom and advertising staffs to Merchants Commons on Warren Street in 2013. It leases back the northern half of the Clinton Square building, where it continues to print The Post-Standard.
VIP’s redevelopment will cost about $15 million. The firm paid $4 million for the building and secured $2.5 million in tax breaks for the project from the city of Syracuse earlier this year.
The building’s interior is getting a complete overhaul. The exterior will look largely the same as it does now, but will be brightened with new glazing, Nutting said.
VIP plans to pay tribute to the building’s history by featuring key news events in its common areas. The company will work with the Onondaga Historical Association to do so.
Chase is looking at creative ways to light the building at night to create new energy at the site, Chase President Joe Lampertius said.
One of the key reasons Chase chose to move from Skaneateles is to tap into the city’s more diverse workforce, he added.
“We think diversity will drive substantially more horsepower in our thinking,” he said. “We really embrace that in the future. We’re really looking forward to that.”
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