New Owner Mike Flynn Plans Redevelopment of Popes’ Grove Golf Course

Image of Popes’ Grove Public Golf Course sign provided by Stephen Saleski

The former Popes’ Grove Golf Course recently sold for $900,000. Stephen Saleski of Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC represented the seller of 695 State Fair Blvd. The buyer Mike Flynn was represented by Tommy Kehoskie of Independent Realty.

Opened in 1961, Popes’ Grove Golf Course was a nine-hole, par three golf course located a half mile from New York State Fairgrounds and St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview. Mike Flynn has recently announced plans to turn the 38-acre site into a restaurant with an attached brewery or perhaps a taphouse, becoming a “destination” for highlighting local breweries, food, and entertainment.

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Preliminary rendering, provided by Mike Flynn
Preliminary rendering shows plans for a building named “Flynners Brewery,” along with an entertainment center and outdoor event spaces with stages. Image provided by Mike Flynn.
Aerial image of estimated property lines for 695 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13209. Image by Altitude Media.
Aerial images of estimated property lines for 695 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13209. Images by Altitude Media.
Aerial image of estimated property lines for 695 State Fair Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13209. Image by Altitude Media.

New Owners Planning Redevelopment of Fingerlakes Mall

Aerial image of Fingerlakes Mall provided by Fingerlakes Mall

Auburn, NY – Vachi Fingerlakes, LLC purchased Fingerlakes Mall from Fingerlakes Mall Acquisition, LLC on September 19, 2022, for an undisclosed amount. Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC will serve as the mall’s property management team.

Fingerlakes Mall is a 400,000 square foot one-level specialty retail shopping center anchored by Bass Pro Shops and family-owned Track Cinema. Ideally situated on Route 5 midway between Syracuse and Rochester, Fingerlakes Mall is easily accessible from the NYS Thruway and NYS 690. 

Vachi Fingerlake’s first action was to negotiate an extension of the current Bass Pro Shops lease of 85,500 square feet to ensure this anchor store remains in the Finger Lakes region through at least 2037. Securing this 15-year lease is an encouraging first step to ensure that the economic activity generated by Bass Pro Shops continues to benefit the region. 

Currently, multi-stage redevelopment plans are being considered to further revitalize the mall and the community it serves. According to Sutton Real Estate Company, a total of 55.31 acres of development potential exist. No further plans have been released. 

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Aerial image of Fingerlakes Mall provided by Fingerlakes Mall
Aerial image of Fingerlakes Mall provided by Fingerlakes Mall

Sutton Real Estate Company Leases Unique Downtown Space in an Office-to-Retail Conversion

301 West Fayette Street Syracuse, NY 13202

The ability to think big and make a space work within the box vs. outside opens new doors to a top-floor expansive space for Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty in Downtown Syracuse’s Armory Square. Kristen Nave and Ben Lewis of Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC. recently represented the landlord in a creative 3,700 SF long-term lease of a 3rd-floor office to retail conversion space at 301 West Fayette Street

Office-to-retail conversion spaces are a great way to think inside the box when looking for commercial spaces. NYC has had multi-level retail, mixed-use spaces for years, and it’s fantastic to see this happening in Downtown Syracuse. The Armory Square area is densely populated with residential apartments, a retail shopping experience, and fine dining options. 

According to the 2022 Downtown Syracuse Development Forecast provided by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse…

“In 2022 alone, 22 projects totaling $180 million will create 312 new housing units, at least six new corporate headquarters, and enhanced arts and cultural facilities in the central business district.”

For Marisa’s, the decision to move a salon from the ground level to an upstairs space was easy. The expansive 3rd-floor space provided the room the salon desperately needed while providing each stylist with individual rooms, plus opportunities for expansion. Stairs or an elevator help customers easily access the Salon from the ground floor.

Tenants of 301 West Fayette Street

The historic Crown Building on the corner of West Fayette and Franklin in Armory Square currently includes Kitty Hoynes Pub & Restaurant on the ground floor, hiline powered by Gardner & Capparelli on the second floor in Class A office space, and now Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty on the top floor.

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If you have been considering listing your space, contact Ben or Kristen at Sutton to fill your space!

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301 West Fayette Street Syracuse, NY 13202
301 West Fayette Street | Syracuse, NY 13202

Keeping up with Commercial Office Space Trends

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Ever since the pandemic hit in 2020, COVID-19 has changed pretty much everything — what we grab when we leave the house, how we work day-to-day, how we travel, and even commercial office space trends have changed.

But what are the changes in the commercial office world that you should know about? Are you behind on making some of these changes? Are these changes a must?

If you are trying to keep up with commercial office work trends, then keep reading because you’ll want to know all about them!

Flight to Quality in Commercial Spaces

We’re seeing a flight to quality occur in Syracuse, NY, and throughout the country. Spaces that don’t require a lot of construction in quality locations are going fast!

Being able to re-envision an existing space, and stay within a construction budget, are being prioritized when it comes to commercial spaces. This is where tenant leases are going. Currently, we have a wonderful space 13,500 SF for lease at 115 Solar Street in Syracuse NY. We can help you find the flexible spaces you need.

Spaces That Incorporate Collaboration

Collaboration is one of the newest trends in the corporate world. This is partly what has created co-working spaces all around the country and here in Syracuse, NY. Another reason for this is to increase human interaction in the workplace. With private doors and office spaces that are closed off between people, there is not a whole lot of collaboration or even interaction. But that’s changing, and part of what’s changing is how a workspace floor is laid out. If you want to keep up with the trends, you’ll want to incorporate a few things into your commercial space:
  • Team workroom 
  • Tables in an open space to promote collaboration 
  • Benches and hangout areas
By incorporating these things into a commercial office space, you can be sure that there will be more interaction and collaboration among employees. In addition, co-working spaces are here to stay for remote workers. When workers want to collaborate, they head to a space for more interaction during the workday. Or to work with others on a project, they can go to this space.

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Office Space Table and Windows
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More Touchdown Spaces

If you haven’t heard of this before, you’ll want to familiarize yourself as this is another huge trend in 2022. A touchdown space is basically a space where a worker can sit down, set up their laptop, plug it in, and be productive.

Gone are the days when there needs to be an actual desk. Workers can actually be productive elsewhere, and sometimes that can be better than an actual desk as a workspace!

In the office space, set up tables and chairs around with plugs at all of them. Set up couches or tables with booths where people can set up for the day.

Changing scenery can actually help boost productivity in the workplace, so allowing workers to have different spaces every single day can make employees more productive.

Open office touchdown space
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Conducive for Hybrid Work Models

After COVID-19 hit and remote work took over for a good portion of two years, a hybrid work model is being adopted by more and more companies.

This also means that commercial space is going to look different. There’s no point in having multiple offices for every single employee all of the time. Instead, there can be some offices, some meeting rooms, and open space for workers to work when they come in.

Making sure there is a meeting room or two is also important as this can be where meetings take place with both those in the office and those that are working remotely that day. A monitor or a screen in these meeting rooms is a must.

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A Focus on Employee Well-being

There has been a shift to focus more on mental health in the workplace as well. While there are not a lot of changes to make to focus on employee well-being, there are some that can help with it.

Here are a few:

  • Add in more windows for natural light
  • Create an outdoor space for employees to get fresh air and work
  • Add plants and greenery
  • Have a state of art air purification system
  • Create flexible work hours for employees
  • Allow hybrid work schedules
  • Change the setup of the commercial workspace to be more collaborative and interactive to accommodate hybrid workers.

It’s crucial that employees feel valued by a company, and sprucing up the way the office looks and feels is one way to do that.

You may also want to invest in the type of furniture you add to a space. Some people want to work on couches and feel comfortable doing so — or maybe even a bean bag! Ergonomic chairs and stand-up desks can provide many health benefits. Giving employees what they want in a space is crucial for their mental health and their productivity on the job.

Thoughtful Interior Design

There’s more to a space than just furniture, though. An office space should tell the story of the brand through interior design.

If your company is all about bright colors, you’ll want to incorporate these in art, in the color of the furniture, tables, kitchen appliances, and more.

Making the office space feel like more than just a building can make the work environment more inviting. Gone are the days of plain, blank walls.

Say hello to beautifully redesigned spaces!

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Commercial Office Space Trends

If you have been thinking about changing up your office space, you now know how to make a commercial office space better than ever – even making sure that it is up to date with the trends of the time.

If you don’t have office space yet, check out our commercial property listings! While you make the space what it needs to be, we’ll take care of the rest. We can even help you develop the space into your vision! Let us help you today!