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Downtown living tour brings out the serious, and the curious

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Downtown Syracuse has seen a spike in its residential population thanks to renovations and new construcion, like Center Armory.

From the plain curious to those seriously considering moving, a chance to see Syracuse’s downtown living options brought lots of people out over the weekend.

The Downtown Committee says about 2,000 people poked around apartments and condos during its 6th living tour Saturday.

Bob Wojtecki fits mostly into the curious category.

"I guess it’s a possibility for the older years," he said. But right now there are enough downsides to prevent him moving from Central Square.

"There’s really nowhere to get groceries down here."

Cost is also a major factor for Wojtecki, and other potential buyers. But that hasn't stopped hundreds from moving downtown over the past few years.

Downtown Syracuse has seen its population rise 25 percent over the past decade to more than 2,000 residents, according to the Downtown Committee.

The apartments on the market now have a 99 percent occupancy rate. Several renovation projects are underway to try and keep up with the demand.

Demand from people like Brandon Anderson. The 20-something was out with his sister looking for a place.

"There's a lot going on downtown," he said. "I like the feel of it. There's always something more interesting [happening]."

The living tour has become a tradition for some. Makana Chock has done the tour a few times because she enjoys seeing the old buildings.

"I love looking at renovated houses and apartments and seeing how they actually managed to take the old and remodel them and do all these different things," she said.

She was out with one friend who recently moved downtown and another who is on the fence about it.