Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency

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The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency has approved $70 million in property, sales and mortgage tax relief for the construction of a massive warehouse distribution center in the town of Clay. 

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The developer of a proposed 3.8 million square foot distribution facility in the Town of Clay, is now seeking $70 million in tax breaks from the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, after the cost of the project increased. At a public hearing Tuesday, local residents voiced concerns with the project, many pertaining to the environment. 

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The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency is closer to approving $65 million in tax breaks, over 15 years, for a proposed warehouse distribution center in the Town of Clay. Officials with Trammell Crow, the developer, highlighted the economic and community benefits of the project to the agency.

George Laigaie of Trammell Crow said the benefits include $28 million of payments in lieu of taxes, also known as a PILOT and 1,000 new jobs starting at $30,000 a year.

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Residents in the village of Liverpool and the town of Clay spoke at a public hearing Monday night, in favor of, against and had concerns with a proposal to build a massive warehouse distribution center in Clay. The 3.8 million square foot facility could bring 1,000 jobs to the area. 

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The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency is reviewing a proposal that could bring 1,000 jobs to central New York.

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Onondaga County could take over a dying shopping mall in central New York, if its owners don’t pay back taxes by an October deadline.

The county has placed ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt on a list of tax delinquent properties that will be auctioned off October 22. Moonbeam Capital Investments has owned the nearly-empty mall in the center of DeWitt since 2013, and now owes close to $8 million in back taxes. 

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Destiny USA announced that they are partnering with Embassy Suites by Hilton on the 200-room hotel that's been under construction in the Inner Harbor since June. A 12-year, $7 million tax deal was granted to the Destiny hotel by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency earlier this year.

Community benefits included in the tax deal require that 15 percent of the 200 construction jobs on the hotel go to women and minority-owned businesses. Destiny USA’s David Aitken said while the company has not hit that target yet, they still intend to.

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Tax breaks from New York state are helping Welch Allyn add jobs to it’s Skaneateles Falls factory, and ensure that the company stays in central New York.

Nine hundred people currently work at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls, creating the medical technology found in many doctor’s offices. The company’s been a central New York mainstay for a century, but when Hill-Rom Holdings of Chicago bought Welch Allyn 18 months ago, there was concern it would leave the area.

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Now that a $7 million tax deal has been approved for a new hotel at Destiny USA, construction is expected to begin on it in June. Controversy remains over which of the region's development agencies should be approving these kinds of tax deals.

Opponents say that for the last three decades, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, which unanimously approved the Destiny Hotel deal, have traditionally deferred city projects to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said there are too many unanswered questions about the proposed government merger between her city and Onondaga County. Miner weighed in on the Consensus CNY recommendations for the first time since they were revealed earlier this year, telling Onondaga County's Conservative Party over the weekend that she cannot definitively support or oppose the consolidation plan without more information.

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Business leaders, government officials and community activists voiced their opinions at a public hearing on a potential tax deal for a proposed Destiny USA hotel in Syracuse. A wide range of vehement supporters and angry dissenters spoke passionately about the project.

Some current Syracuse city and Onondaga County councilors were among those in favor of the tax deal that would be administered by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency.

“Jobs, jobs, jobs: that’s the cry that we need,” Van Robinson, the president of the Syracuse Common Council, said.

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The Urban Jobs Task Force in Syracuse, an organization fighting for more good jobs in the city, has turned its attention to Destiny USA’s proposed hotel tax deal with the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency. While the group is pleased that some community benefits have been proposed in the deal, they say it does not go far enough and infringes on another agency’s authority.

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Two years ago, Destiny USA proposed building a $75 million hotel with about 250 rooms. Destiny is now renewing its request for a tax deal with the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency.

It’s a slightly scaled back version of the original proposal. A $48 million project with 209 rooms. Destiny wants an estimated $6.8 million in tax relief from the county agency over the next 12 years. David Aitken of Destiny said it is about growing the region’s tourism industry. 

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Protesters came to a new hotel being built at Syracuse’s Inner Harbor to voice their opposition to a multi-million dollar tax deal. They are upset because currently the developers are not required to hire local workers. The city of Syracuse is in the middle of a lawsuit with the COR Development Company, which has already started a $340 million mixed-use project.

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Last month, the state comptroller’s office released the results of an audit of the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency with a list of recommendations to improve how it operates. Agency members are disputing some of those recommendations.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announced that the city has filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court against the COR Development company for seeking a PILOT agreement with the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency. PILOT agreements are payments that a company makes to the development agency in exchange for tax breaks. The county agency voted yesterday in favor of giving COR a 15-year PILOT agreement to construct residential and commercial properties along Syracuse's Inner Harbor.

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The COR Development company is seeking 15 years worth of property tax exemptions from the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency to build residential and commercial units in the city of Syracuse’s Inner Harbor. Some Syracuse residents were enraged at a public hearing on Tuesday that the company would try to circumvent input from elected officials.

About 60 people crammed their way into a small conference room at the county development agency. More people spilled out into the hallway. But not a single person in attendance at the meeting spoke in favor of the deal.