By Zachary Levine CLAY, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, OCIDA, held a public hearing today at the Clay Town Hall to listen to residents’ concerns regarding the $280 million distribution center project set to be built off Morgan Rd in Clay, on the site of the Liverpool Public Golf Course and County Club.
The golf course, which has been around for decades, was bought out by the development company Trammell Crow to make way for the project. The development company says that 1,000 jobs will be created by the center, who’s occupant has not been disclosed. It is widely believed that Amazon could be on the way to the nearly 3.8 million square foot site. The building would be one of the largest distribution centers in the world.
Public opposition for the project has been well-documented in previous hearings, and today, it was OCIDA’s turn to listen to residents. The tax exemptions on the table include nearly $20 million in sales tax, as well as nearly $50 million in property tax.
“This is another case of very, apparently, very wealth and very powerful interests imposing their will on a local community,” Onondaga County Resident Barry Gordon said.
Many of the opposed residents brought up their environmental concerns, as well as their worries about the noise and traffic levels. The OCM BOCES Crown Road campus is located on the diagonal side of Liverpool Bypass from the site.
“When the kids go outside to have recess, it’s going to be a lead-filled, poor air quality nightmare. So I’m just here to talk for the next generation. Kids don’t come back here. Not because of jobs, but because of other life quality issues that we have not in the Town of Clay been focusing on,” resident Sent Off said.
A number of the speakers expressed displeasure with the fact that this hearing took place at 10am, as opposed to in the evening, after normal work and school hours. The Clay Planning Board is holding their own hearing on the project tomorrow night at 7:30pm. While OCIDA did not address any of the concerns or questions asked of them at today’s hearing, which was largely just a fact-gathering measure, they say today’s comments will be integrated in with those sent in online. A decision will be made about the tax breaks in an OCIDA special hearing on October 31st.