Latest on the Destiny USA Project

Syracuse, NY – The Pyramid comapnies says small businesses will get the same opportunities as big chains when it comes to locating in or working on the Destiny USA mega-mall project.

Pyramid Executive Mike Lorenz says the company is working with small businesses on a daily basis. He says Pyramid may partner with the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce to hold a series of workshops for small businesses who want to be involved in the Destiny USA project.

During the weekly media briefing yesterday, Lorenz also said the company will not break ground on the Grand Destiny Hotel as soon as planned. He says Pyramid is waiting for the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, and the State of New York to come to a collective agreement on the company's payment-in-lieu-of-taxes plan and it's Empire Zone Demands.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the Grand Destiny in October. The company had hoped to begin construction early this year.