SYRACUSE, N.Y. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner today announced that Sunoco executives have heeded their call to develop two abandoned sites in the city. In a meeting today, Sunoco has revealed plans for a new Dunkin’ Donuts franchise on the lot of their two former gas station sites in Syracuse. This major progress, which still requires finalization with Dunkin’ Donuts, comes as a result of a meeting today between Mayor Minor, Blake Heinemann, Vice President of Retail Operations for Sunoco and his top staff to discuss the redevelopment of a property at the intersection of Brighton Avenue and East Seneca Turnpike.
“I was pleased to welcome senior leadership from Sunoco to Syracuse today to discuss the redevelopment of the property at the intersection of Brighton Avenue and East Seneca Turnpike,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We had a positive, productive meeting and I look forward to working with the entire Sunoco team to breathe new life into this crucial gateway to the City of Syracuse.”
On June 17, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer came to Syracuse asking Sunoco to initiate a redevelopment plan for two sites they acquired in 2010, located at East Seneca Turnpike and East Brighton Avenue. The Senator also called on Sunoco to work in conjunction with the City of Syracuse to address all city codes violations for these now vacant sites.
"This meeting today was yet another positive step on the road to redevelopment for these former service stations,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “I was proud to stand with Mayor Miner in June when calling on Sunoco to take the high-octane action needed to make these sites, at the southern gateway into Syracuse, performing assets for the entire community. I am happy to join the Mayor in reporting that Sunoco has a redevelopment plan on the table and that the sites are currently code-compliant.”
Sunoco, a ready partner for the discussion, was represented by Vice President for Retail Operations Blake Heinemann. Since June, the site has successfully been maintained and a local property manager has been hired.
“Sunoco has a long tradition of keeping people moving across New York and providing high quality transportation fuels to our customers. With over 1,000 employees in New York and over 50 locations in the Syracuse area, we continue to look at opportunities to invest in the region,” said Blake Heinemann, Vice President for Retail Operations at Sunoco.
“When we were contacted, we immediately responded to work with locals officials regarding questions about the property we own on Brighton Avenue. We acquired this site in a transaction along with other locations in December 2010. At the time of the transaction, the site was closed and has remained closed since its purchase. The site was actively marketed and went under contract in June 2013. If the transaction is completed as planned, the Brighton Avenue property will be the site of a new Dunkin’ Donuts. We will work with the city to maintain the property until the transaction is finalized”