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      Downtown Living Tour to showcase historic and renovated Syracuse buildings

      The Downtown Living Tour, featuring eight stops in historic downtown buildings, is this Saturday from 12pm to 6pm. This is the 7th year the Downtown Committee of Syracuse has hosted the event.

      Lisa Romeo of Syracuseâ??s Downtown Committee says developers have spent more than $250 million renovating buildings like the Pike Block, which has already sold most of its units and the Merchant Commons building which will offer residents luxurious living right in the art of downtown Syracuse.

      Romeo says Merchant Commons has "a lot of unique amenities" including a rooftop deck, atrium, and fitness facility within the building. She says its features like these that "make urban living convenient."

      The demand for downtown living is at an all time high. There is a 99 percent occupancy rate and the new units are expected to sell quickly to young professionals and empty nesters looking to experience downtown living.

      "When people are living here they are able to get around downtown very easily. If you walk outside of your home, you can get somewhere else in minutes, whether it's a restaurant going to see a show, so that convenience is something that appeals to people," Romeo says.

      More than 2,000 people turned out for last yearâ??s Downtown Living Tour. Romeo says the tour offers something for everyone even those not looking to live in the city.

      "We also get people who are interested in architecture, urban planning, interior design, so the tour also offers people with those interests something to see as well," Romeo says.