Syracuse, NY – United Auto Supply is seeking $ 6 million in tax relief for a giant distribution center it has proposed to build in Lysander.
Ranalli Super DC LLC, a subsidiary of the Syracuse-based auto parts supply company, has asked the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency for exemptions consisting of $ 3.9 million in property tax rebates over 15 years, $ 1.9 million in sales taxes on building materials and $ 225,000 in state mortgage registration tax.
The company proposed to build a 350,000 square foot warehouse on industrial zoned land near the intersection of Highway 48 and Hencle Boulevard. The facility would employ 135 people.
The company, which is owned by the Ranalli family, said the warehouse would be the site’s first phase of development. Future expansions could increase the size of the warehouse to 1 million squares and the size of its workforce to 500 people, according to the company.
James Trasher, an engineer at Clough Harbor & Associates, spoke on behalf of the company at a development agency meeting on Tuesday. He said the request for tax breaks only applied to the first phase of the project. Additional requests for tax relief would be made for any expansion of the facility, he said.
The agency voted to allow a public hearing on the request. He could vote on the request at its July meeting, after the hearing has taken place.
Trasher said the company would like to start construction this year after receiving city approvals and complete the building by the end of 2022.
Founded in 1946, Auto Supply is an auto parts retailer and distributor, with 30 outlets and approximately 500 employees. Its customers include DIY enthusiasts, auto dealers, independent service centers and other auto parts stores.
Trasher said the warehouse will allow the company to support its e-commerce business and expand its product line to include parts for large trucks. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the company.
More than 500 area residents have signed online and paper petitions opposing the project. They say they are worried about the increase in traffic and noise. United Auto Supply chairman James Ranalli III said trucks to and from the facility will not use any neighborhood roads.