SIDA votes on tax incentive for Tops on the Northside
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse is one step closer to getting a grocery store back at the site of the former Pond Street Wegmans. Wegmans left the building vacant back in June and residents have been hoping to get a replacement soon.
The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency voted today on a 10-year pilot agreement that would give Tops Markets tax incentives. Before voting for the agreement, many residents of Syracuse's Northside spoke out about their need for a grocery store like Tops.
"The fact that there are so many convenience stores on the Northside does not begin to address the issue of being able to buy fresh groceries, fresh produce, fresh meat. We need a full-fledged grocery store. We need a Tops," said Mary Salibrici, a Northside resident.
"It's very important to that neighborhood. We've done a lot of field trips in that neighborhood, a lot of roof tops, a lot of walking customers. It fits demographically with our marketing strategy and we feel that it'll be a win-win situation for the customers and ourselves," said Mark Stanko, Director of Construction for Tops Markets.
The City Council still has to vote on the pilot agreement before this plan can go through. They're expected to vote on Monday.