Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainable Development

Short Enterprises Green Infrastructure Projects Featured

November 07, 2013 at 12:54 PM


How Onondaga Commons is revitalizing a neighborhood through smart growth and sustainable actions. 

Over 10 million gallons of storm water run-off and potential pollutants will be managed each year upon completion of the multiple phases of large-scale green infrastructure installations at the Onondaga Commons Urban Revitalization Initiatives in Syracuse, New York.

These exciting projects, now in the second phase of construction, amount to the largest privately pursued green infrastructure efforts under Onondaga County’s award winning “Save the Rain” program. These efforts are also a component of the largest lake remediation in the entire world and have resulted in the United States Environmental Protection Agency naming Onondaga County as one of the country’s top 10 leaders in green infrastructure innovation.

Located within the Midland Sewer district, the 6-acre Onondaga Commons campus was one of the largest contributors of storm water run-off in the area due to its large concentration of impervious parking and roof surfaces. Working in partnership with the Onondaga County Green Infrastructure Fund, Syracuse-based developer Short Enterprises spearheaded the efforts to secure over a million dollars in grant funding that is allowing the team at Onondaga Commons to embark on the noteworthy mission to minimize pollution reaching Onondaga Lake through combined sewer overflow. Short is collaborating with local engineering firm Natural Systems Engineering on these noteworthy efforts.

“These groundbreaking efforts at the Onondaga Commons reflect the true power of public-private partnerships in pursuing innovative solutions to complex challenges in our community like preventing raw sewage from overflowing into Onondaga Lake,” said W. Michael Short of Syracuse-based Short Enterprises. “Dynamic collaborations with Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, among others, have ensured the forward momentum of these projects and we are so pleased to be making a positive contribution for the benefit of the entire Central New York community.”


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