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      Schumer calls on Sunoco to deal with area 'eyesores'

      Vacant Sunoco station on Syracuse gateway.

      Senator Charles Schumer made a personal call to the CEO of Sunoco, asking that the company meet with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner about the vacant stations in the Syracuse area, which was the subject of a Laura Hand story on area eyesores. The Sunoco exec is set to meet with the Mayor about three of these vacant and dilapidated properties. These three stations at 571 E. Seneca Trpk, 962 E. Brighton Ave, and 1001 E. Brighton Ave stand at the entrance into the City and one has been vacant for about 15 years, and is currently being used as a makeshift storage site, according to Senator Schumerâ??s office.

      There is a call for these properties to be redeveloped, as all of these stations are in high-traffic areas.

      â??These abandoned gas stations are like ugly welcome mats to Syracuse, and have been for years; thatâ??s why I put on the full-court press to get Sunoco to come to the table to work on a long-term redevelopment plan. I am optimistic that this meeting in the coming weeks will spell â??progressâ?? for these sites and the economic development of the gateway to Syracuse,â?? said Schumer. â??I applaud Sunocoâ??s decision to be good corporate citizens and work with the city to pump in long-awaited development.â??

      â??We are glad to see such swift resolution to a problem that has dogged that intersection for years,â?? said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. â??Working together, utilizing the intelligence and on the ground resources of the City of Syracuse and the clout and influence of Senator Schumer, we will be bringing the appropriate parties to the table and having the needed discussion to spur redevelopment of these properties. I look forward to welcoming the Sunoco leadership to Syracuse.â??