SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The proposed plan of the Onondaga County aquarium has seemed to divide a local community.
The county legislature passed the vote last Tuesday and it caused an outcry among members of the public who showed up to speak against it. Opponents claimed the public funding to go toward the project could be better spent. On the other hand, some see the new attraction as a positive for local businesses. One brewery owner is embracing the change ar the Inner Harbor area.
Buried Acorn Brewing Company co-owner Tim Shore said the new county landmark will help generate more revenue for his business and those around him.
“When you have a big exclamation point like the aquarium, whether it’s good or not for society for as far as like retail, business, and tax revenue I can see it working,” Shore said.
Shore also said that the truck traffic down at the Inner Harbor has benefitted him and his company since its existence in 2018. The anticipated crowd from the aquarium will bring in more people to the brewery, and with more people comes more beer sales, he said.
Shore said that like aquariums, breweries can attract families, as well.
“They bring their kids, sometimes they bring their dog. So family-friendly is kind of like a MO of a lot of breweries,” Shore said.
Shore and his wife, Crystal just opened their third location last week. Their new taproom is located on East Fayette Street between Crouse and Irving avenues.