Little Italy Endicott is revitalizing Oak Hill Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood to create a vibrant economic district.
The organization has built new restaurants, an amphitheater in the nearby park, and recently welcomed two new businesses -- a hair salon and bookstore. They plan on offering cultural cooking and arts classes this year.
Residents Spectrum News spoke with believe it will enrich the community.
"I'm hoping we can bring people back," said Bill Matts, a deacon at St. Anthony of Padua Parish. "Maybe they won't come back to live, but they'll come back to visit and enjoy the Italian heritage of the North side."
Little Italy Endicott began in 2000, when IBM started leaving the area.