Pet Friendly Apartments

The pandemic taught many of us important life lessons, one of which being the importance of living intentionally. Safety, security, and happiness in our day to day lives became inherently important. But how can we incorporate that sense of happiness in the place we call home? How can we kick feelings of isolation and loneliness this past year brought on us? The answer? A pet! Here are the top reasons why pet-friendly apartments are the future of real estate.


  1. Wellbeing – 2021 is all about improving your wellbeing. Owning a pet is a great way to keep your mental health in check. Dogs in particular have amazing amounts of emotional support benefits. 
  2. Loneliness – If your workplace is still figuring out office flexibility, owning a pet can help reduce loneliness if you choose to stay a work-from-home employee. If you are not making the human connections you used to, animals can help decrease feelings of seclusion. 
  3. Amenities – Most apartment buildings make owning a pet easy. Look for those who offer amenities such as washing stations or pet concierge services. Is your apartment near a park? This is a great way to meet other pet loving friends or join in on pet themed events like doggy fun runs. 
  4. Trust and Retention – Chances are, if you feel like your needs are getting met by your apartment building, especially your pets needs, you are more likely to sign a long term lease. This is a win-win for you and your landlord. You can live worry free in an apartment that feels more like a home and less like a short-term placeholder. 


Sutton Real Estate offers many pet friendly apartments. Call us today to find out which one is right for you.

Multiple New Hires for Sutton June 2021

Sutton Real Estate is proud to announce recent hires at its company.

Ben Lewis joins Sutton as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Property Manager. His primary role will be the oversight of property management and leasing of the Crouse Irving Memorial Physician’s Office Building in Syracuse. Additionally, Ben’s experience as a JWP property manager will support further capacity of management, leasing, and brokerage related activities in the future. He is a 2015 Seton Hill University graduate, with an MBA in Strategic Management, and holds a BSBA from Robert Morris University.

Andrew Saleski joins Sutton as a Property Accountant. His role includes maintaining the financials and accounting for commercial and residential properties in Central New York. Andrew comes from his previous role as an invoice specialist for Arcadis Engineering as an invoice specialist and assistant bookkeeper for Latham Homes as an assistant bookkeeper. He graduated from Lemoyne College in 2019 with a Bachelors in Accounting. Ben will be working in the Sutton Main office at 525 Plum Street.

East Lake Commons

East Lake Commons commercial space Oswego

Downtown Oswego’s infrastructure is growing thanks to several new property developments. One of the newest is the mixed-use multi-story tower on East Cayuga Street; East Lake Commons. Partially funded by the States Downtown Revitalization Initiative, the apartment complex is hoping to open its doors in December of 2021.

Sutton Real Estate will be handling the leasing for the commercial space located on the buildings northern end. The lower level will house approximately 3,500 square feet of raw space, ready to build out to tenant specifications.

If you are interested in learning more about the commercial space, please contact salesperson Karen Cannata- LaRocca for more details. 315-391-3409 or

Camillus Cutlery

Camillus Cutlery, Phase 2 of Camillus Mills, will be joining the Sutton Real Estate family as the 25th apartment community managed under the Sutton portfolio.

Property Manager Dan Tartaglia, who has managed Phase 1 Camillus Mills since 2017, will add Phase 2 to his management duties.

Owners of the building, Camillus Mills Redevelopment Co., will build the three-story property on the former cutlery factory site. The property will have 58 one- and two-bedroom apartments, along with commercial and retail space.

Although it will not be an exact replica, the building will pay homage to the original factory with a flat roof top, large windows, and clapboard siding.

Amenities will include a fitness center, storage units, balconies, and covered parking. While pricing of Camillus Cutlery is still unknown, we can expect a higher price per square foot than Phase 1 due to the extra amenities. The building has an anticipated completion date of fall 2022.

The cutlery’s former headquarters, Camillus Mills, is a historic adaptive reuse project which opened in December of 2017. The building is home to 29 up-scale loft-style apartments and 7500 SF of Class A office and retail space.

Sutton is eager to add this property to its extensive list of managed residential communities. “We’ve received such a positive response from Phase 1, I’m excited to incorporate this new village setting to the Camillus neighborhood,” said Tartaglia.

Dan has been with Sutton for seven years and currently manages eight residential properties in the Syracuse and surrounding area.


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The Benefits of Adaptive Reuse

The rise of Covid-19 has accelerated the growth and interest in adaptive reuse real estate. Many brick and mortar retail businesses have taken advantage of ecommerce, office tenants have moved their employees to work-from-home, and restaurants have downsized their spaces to focus their efforts on to-go meals. Now, communities are finding themselves with many vacant properties.

The term ‘reuse’ can be thought of as ‘repurposed’ real estate. For example, if a large retail store decides to move their business online, the property can be converted into something the area needs, like warehouse space for medical supplies. Maybe an old factory building hasn’t been used for years. A real estate company can buy the structure and convert it into apartments. It takes a trained economic trend-spotter to predict tomorrow’s business demands. Sutton has over 45 years of adaptive reuse development experience in the Syracuse and surrounding area, making our company a leader in the industry.

New development will always have a place, but being able to reuse infrastructure that is already in place can help support a community’s green initiative, maintain local character, and enhance culture through preserving important history. As developers, it’s our responsibility to protect and enhance the qualities that make Syracuse real estate so special.

Sutton’s history with adaptive reuse properties spans over 45 years and is most apparent when visiting our main office. 525 Plum Street is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the last preserved manufacturing buildings in Franklin Square. Franklin Properties, the Developer earned State and Federal Tax credits to preserve many of the features and characteristics of the early twentieth century industrial plant while transforming the building in to needed housing and office space in the neighborhood.

Many adaptive reuse projects preserve and transform older properties such as Harbor Street Lofts, a former knitting factory that was converted to 40 mixed income apartments and Seaway Lofts, a former brewery in Oswego, NY that was converted to 26 affordable apartments. Both properties were placed on the Federal Historic Register prior to being developed by Sutton. But not all properties have to be historic to be a good candidate for an adaptive reuse project. For example, in the 1980’s, 550 Harrison Center was a failed shopping center at the foot of University Hill. In partnership with several physicians from Upstate Medical Center, the property was converted to a full service medical building occupied by a medical specialists and an ambulatory surgery center.

Adaptive reuse provides owners with an option to repurpose their buildings to maximize their value and help maintain characteristics of our community’s history. As our lifestyles change in a Post Covid world, so too should our buildings.