Shoppingtown Mall awarded extension, allowing another 30 days to pay back taxes

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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The owner of Shoppingtown Mall has been granted an extension to pay its tax bill to Onondaga County.

An Appellate Court Judge in the Fourth Department has given Moonbeam Capital, owners of Shoppingtown Mall, until June 24, 2019, to make a payment of nearly $10 million to Onondaga County.

The original deadline for payment was Thursday, but this extension gives Shoppingtown Mall’s owner, Moonbeam Capital, another month to make the tax payment.

On May 9th, Judge Paris ruled against Moonbeam in a lawsuit brought by Erie LLC, the owners of the former Macy’s property at Shoppingtown.

Erie LLC, a subsidiary of Benderson Development, sued Moonbeam to force them to pay their taxes to the county. They claim the mall’s failure to pay taxes is not only making it difficult to redevelop the Macy’s part of the mall, but also putting it in imminent jeopardy of being lost to the county.

In another legal move, lawyers for the mall filed what’s called a Notice of Appeal of Judge Paris’s filing with the State Supreme court Appellate Division in Rochester. That happened on Monday. It now gives the mall owners six months to perfect the appeal and file it with the Rochester court.

Justin Sayles, a spokesperson for Onondaga County, issued a statement that reads:

Moonbeam has not paid their taxes in 4 years. They owe the taxpayers of Onondaga County nearly 10 million dollars and due to Moonbeam being an irresponsible corporate citizen, the property continues to be a public safety concern. Unless they have a massive bottle and can drive planned, they should pay up or move along so we can turn this neglected property into a productive one.

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