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Destiny USA: Expansion could be at an end

The expansion of Carousel Center in Syracuse could be at an end, at least for now. The developer of the mall complex that will soon be known as Destiny USA, is now calling this the final phase of the development.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city development agency found out yesterday that the developer was exercising a clause in an earlier agreement that would allow them to make this move.

"Yesterday morning the developer delivered to the chairman of SIDA a letter, saying they were going to elect to call phase one the final phase of the Destiny project ... What that means is the public participation in the Destiny agreement is over if SIDA should do, as I fully expect them to do, to vote that Destiny is in violation of an agreement after midnight tonight," Miner said.

This follows years of promises of expansions by Destiny that included hotels and aquariums.

The announcement also ends a contentious relationship between the developers and Miner going back to her years on Syracuse Common Council.

Today, Miner said she never felt the destiny of Syracuse was a mall.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County. Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.