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County Legislature Vote Yes to Build Amphitheater

Onondaga County Legislature Linda Irvin, D-Jamesville, was the deciding vote today to bring a new amphitheater to Onondaga Lake.

Irvin had been against the project but changed her mind at the last minute giving the legislature the 12 vote needed to pass the measure.

The 12 to five vote will allow the county to borrow $49.5 million to build the new facility—part of a $100 million economic development plan slated for Solvay that was being pushed by County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

Votes in opposition for the project came from Legislators Peggy Chase, Kevin Holmquist, Kathy Rapp, Judy Tassone and Casey Jordan.

The new outdoor concert venue will seat 17,500 and will be managed by SMG, the company that manages the Oncenter. Company executives say they will need at least 12 acts per year to make the venture profitable.

County officials say they will charge between $3 and $6 per ticket and should generate about $1.2 million per year.

Irvin said she wasn’t thrilled about the project but felt it would bring jobs and opportunities for people of color.