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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says giving the Destiny USA entertainment and shopping center a tax break to build a hotel would be “a mistake,” but the mayor actually has little say over those incentives.

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The owners of the Destiny USA mega-mall and entertainment center in Syracuse again have plans to build a hotel as part of its complex along Onondaga Lake.

The mall this week sent a letter to Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney. A spokesman for the mayor confirmed they received the letter but had no further comment. The mayor has long opposed the mall's large and lengthy property tax break.

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Updated, 8:06 p.m. with statement from Destiny USA.

For the first time in Bill Ryan's 10 years of public service, Syracuse and the owner of the Destiny USA mega-sized shopping mall are not facing legal action.

Ryan is a former common councilor and now chief of staff for the mayor and chairman of Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA), the city's development arm.

SIDA and the developer behind Destiny USA, Robert Congel's Pyramid Companies, reached a settlement Monday to avoid up to three lawsuits.

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Some of the money collected through the tax break agreement between the Destiny USA mega-mall and Syracuse will be used to try and win federal funding for Inner Harbor improvements.

The Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) has approved the use of $500,000 from Destiny payments to be part of a match for a federal grant the city is applying for.

The grant from the Economic Development Administration is worth $2 million, if the city can match it. Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, was in Syracuse last month to stump for the grant. The city will have to come up with the other $1.5 million elsewhere.

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The saga of the owner of the Destiny USA megamall and the city of Syracuse continues.

The two appear destined to end up back in court as the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) plans to file a lawsuit against developer Robert Congel's Pyramid Group - the mall's owner - over parking lots.

This is the second time in the past few months that there have been threats of lawsuits between the parties. Both standoffs stem from a SIDA meeting back in July in which the development agency voted Pyramid to be in default of its tax break deal with the city.