Tobin’s Refinishing would get ‘knocked around’ with community grid

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A casualty of the community grid would be Tobin’s Refinishing and Wood Furniture, located on Canal St. on the city’s east side, right along 690 East.

As of Thursday afternoon, Tobin’s has no timeline or transition plan in place. Ownership is still waiting to meet with local leaders to see what the transition plan will be. Tobin’s has had its name on this building for more than 30 years. It leases the building, and finding a new location that fits all the needs of a refinishing shop will be difficult.

“The unsettling part is not knowing what our actual timeline is,” said Production Manager Sean Gorman. “It’s been known that we were in the way of progress so to speak, but they’ve been talking about it been six years.”

Going with the community grid option would swallow up four commercial buildings, but no residential buildings according to the New York State Department of Transportation report released Monday.

The four are Tobin’s, the Syracuse Housing Authority Garage at 500 Renwick Ave, Dunkin’ Donuts, at 110 Almond St, and a building at 215 Genant Street that is unoccupied.

“Stay tuned. we’re going get knocked around, but we won’t get knocked out,” Gorman said. “We don’t know where we’re going land, but we will land.”

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I-81 Resources: 

View the full New York State Department of Transportation DEIS report here. 

Click here for full renderings of the proposed community grid.

If you want to weigh in on the report, you can write comments to:

Mark Frechette, PE, Project Director

New York State Department of Transportation, Region 3

333 East Washington Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

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