Saturday, September 18, 2021

$6M in tax breaks approved for United Auto Supply warehouse in Lysander

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday approved $6 million in tax breaks for a planned auto parts warehouse in Lysander that is expected to employ 135 people.

The agency voted to give Ranalli Super DC LLC $3.9 million in property tax discounts over 15 years, $1.9 million in exemptions from sales taxes on construction materials and a $225,000 exemption from the state mortgage recording tax.

Ranalli, an affiliate of Syracuse-based United Auto Supply, plans to build a 360,000-square-foot warehouse near the intersection of Route 48 and Hencle Boulevard. It will employ 135 people, according to Ranalli.

The company said it will cost $40.3 million to build the facility, which will help serve the company’s growing auto parts retail and distribution business. It said the tax breaks will help make the project financially feasible.

Site work has already started on the property.

Ranalli initially wanted to build up to 1 million square feet of warehouse space in phases at the site — at a cost of $120 million — and persuaded the town to change its zoning law to permit a building of that size on the property. However, neighbors opposed to the development sued the town, alleging town officials did not follow proper legal procedures when they changed the law to allow developers to build on up to 50%, rather than 30%, of an industrially zoned lot.

In July, town officials acknowledged they did not follow proper legal procedures when they made the change. As a result, the change was revoked.

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