DeWitt, N.Y. — Onondaga County issued a formal request Tuesday for proposals to redevelop ShoppingTown Mall — the dead, tax-delinquent shopping center the county bought last month for $3.5 million.



a sign on the side of a building: Onondaga County is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of the shuttered ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt.


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Onondaga County is seeking proposals for the redevelopment of the shuttered ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt.

“This is an important milestone in the efforts of my administration to turn ShoppingTown into the successful and productive site our community deserves,” County Executive Ryan McMahon said. “As we write the next chapter for this site, the community can feel confidant knowing that Onondaga County will do everything it can to make sure this property becomes something we all can be proud of again.”

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The request for proposals can be found on the county Division of Purchase website at www.ongov.net/purchase/. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. April 27, 2021.

Developers will be required to demonstrate how their development will enhance the quality of life for residents of DeWitt, Onondaga County and Central New York.

They also will need to demonstrate a history of producing high-quality projects and that their proposal ensures the highest and best use of the 62-acre ShoppingTown site, which includes a 750,000-square-foot mall and two outbuildings. They also will need to demonstrate they have the financial ability to carry out their proposed development.

“To ensure the project moves forward as proposed, the county is seeking a proposer that has significant development experience, resources and capacity to complete the project in a timely manner,” the county said in its request.

The document says the site is a prime location for a corporate campus, high-tech business and a mixed-use development with a residential component.

Onondaga County bought the shuttered mall on Erie Boulevard East on Dec. 30, 2020, for $3.5 million from Moonbeam Capital. It also waived nearly $10 million in back taxes, plus $3 million in interest and late fees, on the mall.

The purchase was part of settlement the county reached with Moonbeam, which filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2020 to fend off the county’s efforts to seize the mall for unpaid property taxes going back to 2015.

McMahon has said he believes there will be interest in the property from local and national developers.

ShoppingTown closed last year during the coronavirus pandemic and never reopened. The mall had struggled for years and was down to just a few, mostly non-traditional tenants.

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