I live near Syracuse, NY. Syracuse is currently building a clean energy research center on the eastside in the urban core. There is also a plan to build a clean energy tech park for companies that want to set up in the region. All the city planners, environmentalists, many local leaders want the tech park to just be the empty brownfields around the urban core instead of building a real Tech Park in a suburban location near a highway exit.
here are a couple quotes from people opposed to a suburban Tech Park:
"Why CAN'T environmental tech business be interspersed downtown especially on the SOUTH end. Building industrial "parks" is already a dated concept; urban development should be at the forefront of the city's priorities."
"brownfields in urban areas can be reutilized at a lower cost and as a benefit to the region... why waste good farmland or greenspace for a site that already has what a company needs."
The "proposed" suburban Tech Park is just outside the city line in an area where there are old trucks stops, old factories, and a wetland is today. That will take years to clean up and get the businesses out. No one has proposed a tech park on land that can be developed fast and easily. (I wish someone had, but the leaders in the area won't allow infrastructure expansion)
Which area will attract more investment? The suburban Tech Park or various scattered locations in the urban core closer to the research center? And why?
And if you have any other advice, I would love to hear it.