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      Second phase of the Connective Corridor project announced

      The Connective Corridor will soon be a little more connected. Phase two of the $42 million streetscape improvement project is about to get underway.

      Syracuse University announced 16 more business improvement projects along the Corridor on Thursday.

      Barry Muskat's company is turning what used to be an abandoned building on East Genesee Street into four luxury lofts with a United Uniform retail store on the ground floor.

      "We're really pleased to be part of the Connective Corridor. We've been excited about this project business wise," says Muskat.

      The Parkview Hotel right next door is excited too. The hotel plans to use its Connective Corridor funds to spruce up the lighting outside the hotel.

      "Both sides of the hotel will be lit up like they are now but they will be different the LED bulbs will be more spectacular and brilliant than we currently have," says Chris Tucciarone of Parkview Hotel.

      Phase two will also see the addition of more bike lanes as well as the distinctive seating and lighting fixtures further down along East Genesee Street.

      The Connective Corridor has already had a big impact on Forman Park, thanks to police retirees who volunteered to maintain it.

      "We're very happy to keep this up. It speaks well not only of the retirees and police officers but, I think it speaks well of the citizens too," says John Corbett of the Syracuse Police Retirees Association.

      Construction on the second phase of the Connective Corridor project gets underway later this month. The third and final phase of the project is slated to be completed in November of 2015.