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New luxury apartments, first fully-automated parking garage planned in downtown Syracuse

A 10-story apartment building is planned on Water St. near Clinton Square by developer Mark Congel (Provided Photo).

The City of Syracuse Planning Commission has given the go-ahead on a new downtown luxury apartment project.

A 10-story apartment building is planned on Water St. near Clinton Square by developer Mark Congel.

The top eight floors will contain one and two-bedroom apartments and, in all, there will be 94 new units.

The one bedrooms will rent for $1,450 a month and the two bedroom apartments will cost between $1,700 and $1,800.

According to the developer’s plans, the first few floors of the building will contain Syracuse’s first fully automated parking garage. It’s essentially multiple parking lots stacked vertically to take up less room.

[Read the plans here]

Tenants will leave their car on a mechanical turntable. A computer-controlled conveyor and elevator system then takes the vehicle to the nearest available parking space.

Additionally, a part of the first floor will be left for retail space.

Nick Simmonds says he sees downtown Syracuse as still trying to fully find an identity. He says getting more people to live downtown will help create the brighter picture.

"I think having the apartment complex, having more people come down here will definitely be a positive impact on the creation of the scene,” Simmonds said.

More people are moving into downtown Syracuse. The Downtown Committee of Syracuse says the number of people living there has increased 77 percent since 2009

The new apartments will be built in what is now a parking lot, right next to the historic Amos Building. Congel and real estate partner Dan Queri transformed the old building into apartments back in 2006.

The new building will be named 'The Jacob' after Jacob Amos, the Mayor of Syracuse in the 1890s.

There is no word yet on when construction will begin or when the project is expected to be complete.

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