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After 23 Years on Crouse Avenue, Barber Shop Says Goodbye

Antonio Pinti is not concerned about relocating after his business demolishes and gets replaced by an apartment and retail complex.

Angelica Rodriguez SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)– Antonio Pinti has owned the “Hair Trends” barber shop at Crouse Avenue for 23 years. He is not concerned about moving.

“I am ready for a change,a new location,”  said Pinti, “it is not far from here, so we are looking forward to that location.”

“Hair Trends” and other popular places, such as the bar Hungry Chuck’s, will be replaced by an eight-story retail and apartment complex.  The Syracuse Planning Commission approved on Monday that the real state development firm, BLVD Equities, demolish the structures at 727 S. Crouse Ave.  

“I am excited,” said Pinti, “this is going to be beneficial for the whole campus.”

Check out the constructions plans of the new complex here

Pinti explained he co-owned the Campus Plaza for seven years before selling it to the current owner, Norm Swanson, who just closed the deal with BLVD Equities.

“I had a little insight word on it [the project], so I got prepared for it,” stated Pinti.

Meanwhile,  Pinti said many of the other businesses, including Funk ‘n Waffles, are unsure of where to go.

“They had a last minute notice and for the most part, none of them are relocating here at SU,” said Pinti.

Pinti emphasized he is looking for places close to Marshall Street because he does not want to lose his loyal customers, the students.

“The majority of the business comes from the students, so you cant find this type atmosphere anywhere else,”  expressed Pinti.

This project  has brought mixed reactions from SU students and the community in general. Samantha Morgan, a hairdresser at “Hair Trends,”  sees these changes as something positive for the city.

“As a Syracuse person, it is sad to see chucks and all the icon of this city disappearing,” said Morgan, “but hopefully we can recreate some new icons.”