The city of Syracuse has appealed a judge’s decision to throw away part of the city’s lawsuit against inner harbor developer COR Development Co., which would have forced the company to give Mayor Stephanie Miner’s administration back 28 acres of harbor land.
Supreme Court Judge James Murphy dismissed a request from the city to return the land it sold to COR Dec. 30, after Mayor Miner filed a lawsuit against the company Dec. 15, for seeking a tax deal with a county agency, after the company allegedly promised the city it would not seek the exemptions.
According to Murphy’s ruling, it would have been illogical for COR to return the property to the city, since the developer had nearly completed a 134-room hotel, and other construction on the project.
However, Monday, Miner’s administration asked an appeals court in Rochester to overturn his decision.
Murphy had also dismissed a city lien against the land the city sold to COR; however, the judge has allowed the city to go forward with the rest of its litigation.
Miner previously said COR deliberately sought a tax relief deal, or “payment in lieu of taxes” (PILOT) deal, from Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, in order to allow the company to avoid an agreement with the city, which would have bound the company to provide project-related jobs to city residents, and minorities, for the $324 million development project.
However, according to COR’s attorney’s, the company never told the city it did not intend to seek a PILOT from the county for the project.
Prior to the city’s appeal, Murphy had been scheduled to make a decision in the lawsuit within the next few weeks.