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LeMoyne Manor sold again; apartments may soon fill long-vacant site

The vacant and decaying LeMoyne Manor now has its second owner in less than two years. (Justin Page/CNYCentral.)

A Central New York landmark again has a new owner, and quite possibly a new redevelopment plan.

Longley Jones Management, a development company based in East Syracuse, has confirmed it has purchased the former banquet hall and hotel from DeWitt based Empire Management Companies.

"We are very excited to be expanding the company with the acquisition of this property," Ronald Mucci, President and CEO of Longley Jones managemen, said. "We will reveal our plans in several weeks."

The purchase may come as a shock to some in the community as it comes less than two years after Empire Management Companies originally purchased the property. In June 2016, President & CEO David Muraco announced he would be raising the banquet hall portion of the property to build a 20,000-square-foot building for retail space.

"I have just gotten so busy with other projects that I didn't get to spend the time on LeMoyne like I wanted to," Muraco said. "I'm kinda disappointed to sell it, but Longley Jones has something really special planned for the property."

Muraco is led to believe Longley Jones plans to build multi-unit apartments on the site that overlooks Onondaga Lake. "It will be a great improvement," Muroco said.

The current structures on the property have been vacant for several years and while Muraco has tried to upkeep the property, mother nature and vandals have taken their toll.

"The Town of Salina is ready, willing and able to work with the new property owner to return the LeMoyne Manor property back to a productive property," said Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra, R-Salina.

LeMoyne Manor was a longtime popular location for social events and business meetings in Central New York.

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