Syracuse hotel digging for tax breaks might get them

Destiny USA Hotel Rendering

Destiny USA, a hotel under development in Syracuse, N.Y., is asking for $6.84 million in tax breaks and just might get it.

A public hearing held before the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency showed supporters for the deal outnumbered its opponents three to one, with supporters claiming the new jobs generated by the 209-room hotel's development are more than worth the lost taxes.

"Jobs, jobs, jobs," said Van Robinson, president of the Syracuse Common Council. "How can we not approve a business that will demonstrate that they will provide jobs to the very people who need them?"

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Destiny USA committed to hiring half of the 74 permanent workers for the hotel directly from Syracuse. 

Critics of the tax breaks said that the company should have applied for tax exemptions to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency, which traditionally investigates projects for the city. 

Destiny's $48-million hotel will be seven stories, and will have 209 rooms.

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