PACNY is pleased to present the Paul Malo Award to the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation (SMNC) in recognition of their numerous neighborhood revitalization projects, which successfully and sensitively juxtapose old and new construction, demonstrating respect for our past while promoting our community’s future.
The SMNC was founded in 1972 and is one of the city’s oldest nonprofit housing organizations and has twice received PACNY’s Pat Earle award for meticulous renovations of individual buildings. The SMNC’s mission is to “improve blighted neighborhoods, preserve demographic diversity and foster self-sufficiency in targeted neighborhoods in the City of Syracuse.” Over the past four decades, SMNC has purchased, rehabilitated, and sold more than 130 existing homes for owner-occupancy. The organization also manages 234 rental apartments in 101 buildings. The SMNC’s employees also conduct the physical work of rehabilitation and maintenance for these properties, which provides neighborhood residents with job opportunities and training in historically sensitive renovation.
In addition, the SMNC’s headquarters are in a comfortable, rambling, historic house in the center of the South Salina Street Historic District. The SMNC has also been responsible for renovation of several buildings within that district as well as some in-fill construction that is consistent with the historic character of the adjacent properties.
PACNY is pleased to honor the SMNC for its ongoing commitment to preserving and rehabilitating older homes and apartment buildings while simultaneously providing comfortable, affordable housing in challenged neighborhoods. Their efforts successfully demonstrate that social advocacy and rehabilitation of historic buildings are not only compatible but also a potent combination for neighborhood preservation.
Please join us as we recognize our Awardees. This year’s PACNY awards ceremony will be held on Sunday May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Temple Concord. See pacny.net/awards/ for RSVP information and more details.