destiny usa http://wrvo.org en Restaurants consider forming association to combat Destiny USA tax breaks http://wrvo.org/post/restaurants-consider-forming-association-combat-destiny-usa-tax-breaks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Independent restaurants in central New York are hoping to fight what they call an uneven playing field when it comes to Destiny USA. Many restaurants say they’ve lost business since the mega-mall expanded a few years ago with the help of a tax deal with the city of Syracuse.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:23:19 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58000 at http://wrvo.org Restaurants consider forming association to combat Destiny USA tax breaks Mahoney says Destiny hotel may benefit from new duty-free rules http://wrvo.org/post/mahoney-says-destiny-hotel-may-benefit-new-duty-free-rules <p></p><p align="left" dir="ltr"><span lang="EN">The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) is getting to work on the latest request from the developer of Destiny USA for a tax break to build a 252-room hotel across the street from the mall.</span></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:50:13 +0000 Ellen Abbott 52253 at http://wrvo.org Mahoney says Destiny hotel may benefit from new duty-free rules Miner says tax break for Destiny USA hotel would be a "mistake" http://wrvo.org/post/miner-says-tax-break-destiny-usa-hotel-would-be-mistake <p>S<span style="line-height: 1.5;">yracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says giving the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping center a tax break to build a hotel would be “a mistake,” but the mayor actually has little say over those incentives.</span></p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:51:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51299 at http://wrvo.org Miner says tax break for Destiny USA hotel would be a "mistake" Destiny USA asking Onondaga County for tax breaks for proposed hotel http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-asking-onondaga-county-tax-breaks-proposed-hotel <p></p><p>The information gathering phase of a proposed 252-room hotel project next to the Destiny USA mall in Syracuse has started.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:20:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 51153 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA asking Onondaga County for tax breaks for proposed hotel Destiny USA has new plans to build its own hotel http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-has-new-plans-build-its-own-hotel <p></p><p>The owners of the Destiny USA mega-mall and entertainment center in Syracuse again have plans to build a hotel as part of its complex along Onondaga Lake.</p><p>The mall this week sent a letter to Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. A spokesman for the mayor confirmed they received the letter but had no further comment. The mayor has long opposed the mall's large and lengthy property tax break.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:54:42 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50992 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA has new plans to build its own hotel Store owners gear up for Small Business Saturday http://wrvo.org/post/store-owners-gear-small-business-saturday <p></p><p>Away from the hustle and bustle of Destiny USA and Great Northern Mall, mom and pop shops throughout the region are working hard to promote their own version of Black Friday -- Small Business Saturday.<br /><br />The city of Oswego is no different. Bill Riley, owner of the River's End Bookstore, has embraced the event since its creation several years ago. His store is hosting two local authors on Saturday, including former political cartoonist Frank Cammuso and award winning author Laurie Halse Anderson.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:55:45 +0000 Gino Geruntino 47840 at http://wrvo.org Store owners gear up for Small Business Saturday Destiny USA expects massive crowds on Black Friday http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-expects-massive-crowds-black-friday <p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:32:18 +0000 Ellen Abbott 47839 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA expects massive crowds on Black Friday LEED program trying to change the course of building design http://wrvo.org/post/leed-program-trying-change-course-building-design <p>More and more buildings are making the push to become LEED certified, a voluntary system that rates the environmental sustainability of projects. But what is LEED and how is it used to determine how green a building is?<br /> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 45336 at http://wrvo.org LEED program trying to change the course of building design Destiny USA's impact one year later http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usas-impact-one-year-later <p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:27:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 42112 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA's impact one year later Destiny USA tries to make it a comfortable destination for tour bus drivers http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-tries-make-it-comfortable-destination-tour-bus-drivers-0 <p>Bus drivers who bring customers to Destiny USA in Syracuse won't be waiting in their buses for passengers to finish shopping anymore. The mall has created a new bus drivers lounge and the idea is to expand on what is already a big source of shoppers at the Syracuse mall. Tue, 21 May 2013 12:32:08 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38153 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA tries to make it a comfortable destination for tour bus drivers Destiny USA and Syracuse reach deal to avoid legal battles http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-and-syracuse-reach-deal-avoid-legal-battles <p></p><p>For the first time in Bill Ryan's 10 years of public service, Syracuse and the owner of the Destiny USA mega-sized shopping mall are not facing legal action. Ryan is a former common councilor and now chief of staff for the mayor and chairman of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA), the city's development arm. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:29:55 +0000 Ryan Delaney 35663 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA and Syracuse reach deal to avoid legal battles Money from Destiny USA could be used for Inner Harbor upgrades http://wrvo.org/post/money-destiny-usa-could-be-used-inner-harbor-upgrades <p>Some of the money collected through <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/syracuse-shaking-much-out-destiny-usa-megamall-it-can" target="_blank">the tax break agreement between the Destiny USA mega-mall and Syracuse</a> will be used to try and win federal funding for Inner Harbor improvements. The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) has approved the use of $500,000 from Destiny payments to be part of a match for a federal grant the city is applying for. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:29:02 +0000 Ryan Delaney 30001 at http://wrvo.org Money from Destiny USA could be used for Inner Harbor upgrades Syracuse, Destiny USA appear headed to court over parking lots http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-destiny-usa-appear-headed-court-over-parking-lots <p>The saga of the owner of the Destiny USA megamall and the city of Syracuse continues. The two appear destined to end up back in court as the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) plans to file a lawsuit against developer Robert Congel's Pyramid Group - the mall's owner - over parking lots. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:06:11 +0000 Ryan Delaney 26537 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse, Destiny USA appear headed to court over parking lots New York's record on economic development projects mixed http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-record-economic-development-projects-mixed <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York&rsquo;s track record on supporting economic development projects is hit and miss.</p><p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 20:06:40 +0000 Ryan Delaney 23781 at http://wrvo.org Despite bumps in the road, Carousel at last becomes Destiny http://wrvo.org/post/despite-bumps-road-carousel-last-becomes-destiny <p>For more than 22 years shoppers have flocked to the Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse. That name goes in the history books today, as the mall is re-branded as Destiny USA.</p><p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:39:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 23537 at http://wrvo.org Despite bumps in the road, Carousel at last becomes Destiny Syracuse shaking as much out of Destiny USA megamall as it can http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-shaking-much-out-destiny-usa-megamall-it-can <p>Syracuse&#39;s threat of legal action against the Destiny USA mega-mall has prompted a matching threat from the mall&#39;s developer.</p><p>The dispute involves whether the developer owes the city a $2.2 million dollar payment because of delays in the of the construction of the mall.</p><p>In 2002, Destiny USA struck a deal with the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA). The arrangement allows the mall developer to make 30 years worth of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT). Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:44:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 23147 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse shaking as much out of Destiny USA megamall as it can Part I: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/part-i-syracuse-mayor-stephanie-miner-campbell-conversations <p>In recent months Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has been an evangelist for fiscal sustainability and a clear-eyed look at the financial challenges facing the city. Before that she was a town crier regarding the Destiny project.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:00:07 +0000 Grant Reeher 22997 at http://wrvo.org Did Destiny USA ruin it for other developers in Syracuse? http://wrvo.org/post/did-destiny-usa-ruin-it-other-developers-syracuse <p>There&#39;s an old <a href="http://youtu.be/nYBm3oMAiNs" target="_blank">promotional video</a> the developer behind the Destiny USA megamall released several years ago. It includes images of glass-enclosed golf courses, huge hotels and helicopter tours of upstate taking off from Syracuse&#39;s Inner Harbor.</p><p>Despite ending by promising &quot;grand opening, summer 2004,&quot; you won&#39;t see any of that on the shores of Onondaga Lake today.</p><p>All you&#39;ll see is an even bigger mall -&nbsp;despite developer Robert Congel winning a 30-year property tax break worth about $600 million as an incentive from the city to build the Disney Land-like attraction.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:10:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 22091 at http://wrvo.org Did Destiny USA ruin it for other developers in Syracuse? Destiny USA puts further development on pause http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-puts-further-development-pause <p>It&nbsp;is&nbsp;the end of any collaboration between the City of Syracuse and the Pyramid Companies on the expansion of the Carousel Center Mall. &nbsp;But the notice this week that Pyramid is calling the current work at the mall the final phase of the Destiny project may not tell the entire story.</p><p>Destiny spokesman David Aitken says this move doesn&#39;t rule out more Destiny deals in the future.</p><p>&quot;Are we hopeful for additional development down the road? &nbsp;The answer&#39;s yes. &nbsp;But we are going to take it one day at a time,&quot;says Aitken.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:55:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 20564 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA: Expansion could be at an end http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-expansion-could-be-end <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:30:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 20523 at http://wrvo.org Destiny USA addition tease http://wrvo.org/post/destiny-usa-addition-tease <p>You won&#39;t see many fully functioning stores as you walk into the addition from an entrance next to the Disney store. ..but you will get a taste of what destiny u-s-a is going to look like. &nbsp;And the broad boulevard look underneath exposed steel beams doesn&#39;t appeal to everyone.<br /><br /> &quot;it reminds my of New York City, &nbsp;going through the bus station. &nbsp;Port Authority, &nbsp;that&#39;s what it reminds me of. &nbsp;Said Sophie Lafontaine of Syracuse.<br /> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 13:44:51 +0000 Ellen Abbott 9402 at http://wrvo.org David Aitken on The Campbell Conversations http://wrvo.org/post/david-aitken-campbell-conversations <p><font face="Calibri" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt">The expansion of Syracuse&rsquo;s Carousel Center Mall&mdash;the first stage of the grander and still-planned project called Destiny USA&mdash;seems to be getting some traction of late.&nbsp; Parts of the expansion will be open later this month.&nbsp; David Aitken, a Destiny executive and spokesperson, discusses the expansion and the future plans for the project, and reflects on why the Destiny project has been such a political and economic lightning rod for the region&rsquo;s residents and the media.&nbsp; He also discusses the ext Fri, 11 Nov 2011 18:11:27 +0000 Grant Reeher 9298 at http://wrvo.org David Aitken on The Campbell Conversations