Onondaga County in New York is looking to redevelop the failed Shoppingtown Mall into a residential community, but the owners of two key properties, Benderson Development and Transformco, have prevented plans for two years.
The county is now putting eminent domain on the table, hoping to reach a deal without going to court. The negotiations are ongoing, and it is unclear whether either company will fight the issue in court.
If eminent domain is used, the final price will be decided in court, and the county would sell the land to the OHB Redev LLC development group.
The development plan, called District East, will create approximately 400 construction jobs and another 1,400 full-time, permanent jobs once the project is fully developed. The project includes a significant residential component, a modern movie theater, a premium grocer, specialty retail, and services like doctors and medical offices. The county is optimistic that a deal can be reached soon.
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