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      Hotel Syracuse renovation plans

      The Hotel Syracuse / Laura Hand

      Details on the proposed multi-million dollar Hotel Syracuse renovation include more than just hotel rooms. The plan also includes bringing a lot of retail and entertainment 'from the meat packing district in Manhattan' to the hotel complex.

      At Monday's annual meeting of the Downtown Committee, Eli Braha of Berkley Acquisitions said the hope is to make the new Hotel a synergy point between area residents and college students, with attractions for both. He also hopes SU Alumni start seeing the hotel as a destination, with a room designated specifically for them.Dave Mankiewicz, executive director of the Downtown Committee, says the acquisition team is bringing an experienced hotel management team that runs convention-type hotels in New York City and Niagara Falls, and is developing another in Las Vegas.Mankiewicz says the Hotel Syracuse Towers project, bogged down in a bankruptcy, may also get going soon, as well, that the courts are resolving issues.As for the Hotel Syracuse renovation, Braha says it, too is in the courts in Israel to clear the current receivership, but he expects to start work in late August or early September.