The Sound Garden to stay open â?? councilors unanimously approve deal

The Sound Garden

A popular music store in Armory Square will stay open after the Syracuse Common Council approved a deal Monday afternoon.

Councilors unanimously approved an amendment to the city's secondhand dealer law. Eric Brush, a Sound Garden employee, says the deal ensures The Sound Garden will stay in Syracuse. Under the deal, the city will exempt games, videos and music from the law while still maintaining record keeping for Syracuse Police.

Last week, the owner of The Sound Garden Said he would move the store out of the city, saying it would be too expensive to maintain the records.

The amended legislation will allow for secondhand dealers who buy more than five articles at a time to keep a summary of acquisitions rather than log each individual item. Additionally, secondhand dealers will be exempted from a seven day waiting period for resale of their merchandise. It also allows secondhand dealers to be open until 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

At a news conference last week, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said the compromise benefits both dealers and police and helps support a downtown business.