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Entertainment venue on Onondaga Lake is being considered

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We soon could be seeing development on the western side of Onondaga Lake. More information should be unveiled next week. But our Iris St. Meran was able to get a few details about what could potentially be built near the shore.


GEDDES, N.Y. -- After years of very little happening, major redevelopment could soon come to the Western portion of Onondaga Lake. The governor in his budget address announced support for $30 million in economic revitalization. Now the county is getting the ball rolling with a resolution.

Onondaga County Legislative Chairman Ryan McMahon said, "The resolution is asking to appropriate half of million dollars out of the room occupancy tax surplus to really look at the Onondaga Park Land across from the Fairgrounds to really start the environmentals to see what potential development could be done."

Although there has been talk of an amphitheater, McMahon would not go into details about what that development could potentially be. It could be some type of entertainment venue. Why this location? The Legislative Chair says this side of the lake is long overdue for something new.

"When you look at the Western side of Onondaga Lake, it's where the lake was originally polluted. That community has been hit the hardest by the pollution of Onondaga Lake,” McMahon explained, “It was a waterfront community that hasn't had access to the waterfront for generations now."

The Geddes Town Supervisor says he hasn't seen any paperwork and is just learning of the plans but will welcome the development.

Geddes Town Supervisor Manny Falcone said, "I think this area is going to need whatever it's going to take to get people off the Thruway and stop here and stop in Syracuse. I am all about the whatever and change. It's great stuff. It's new and people are going to come.”

What they'll be coming to, remains to be seen for now.

Governor Cuomo is expected to visit next week to provide details about the plan.

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