Court declines to hear megamall eminent domain challenge: WSTM-TV, Syracuse NY, 10/24/06

Associated Press

A final hurdle to the start of construction of a multi-(b)-billiond-dollar megamall in Syracuse [New York] has been removed.

The state's highest court has refused to hear a challenge by ten stores to the Syracuse industrial development agency's use of eminent domain to expand the Carousel Center into Destiny U-S-A.

Yesterday's decision by the Court of Appeals means developer Robert Congel can begin on an expansion plan that's the first step in transforming Carousel Center into a mall that would rival Minnesota's Mall of America as the nation's largest retail-entertainment complex.

Macy's, J-C Penney and eight other stores had asked the Court of Appeals in Albany to block the use of eminent domain o seize some of the stores' lease rights at the mall.

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