See list of Central New York projects getting $62 million from state

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Syracuse, N.Y. — Steri-Pharma LLC, a maker of antibiotics used to treat complicated bacterial infections, will receive a $3 million grant from the state to expand its operations on South West Street in Syracuse.

The grant is the largest among the $62.2 million in state money that was awarded today to 77 development projects in Central New York under the 2016 round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

In addition to the $3 million grant, Steri-Pharma will receive $1 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits.

Steri-Pharma will add a second sterile powder filling line and expand its warehouse capacity with the construction of new clean rooms, sterile production and filling area, and a new building, according to the governor's office. The expansion would help retain 48 current jobs at the plant and create 77 new ones, according to state officials.

The New Jersey-based company bought the facility at 429 S. West St. from Hanford Pharmaceuticals in September 2009 and began production of antibiotics in 2010.

Le Moyne College will receive a $1.2 million state grant to help create a $7.5 million "quantitative reasoning center" in the college's library and in St. Mary and Reilly Halls. The center will include computer labs, corporate class facilities, peer learning labs, tutoring facilities, film and video presentation equipment, and video conferencing.

"The QRC will play a major role in developing a key competency not only for Le Moyne students but also for community and business partners throughout the Central New York region," Le Moyne President Linda LeMura said in a statement. "The skills that will be taught through the QRC are absolutely vital to this region as we seek to educate individuals with solid analytical and mathematical aptitude, as well as higher-level thinking and reasoning."

Among the other Central New York grants approved by the state today:

• Beak Skiff Holding Co. will receive a $598,000 grant and $100,000 in tax credits to expand and upgrade its fresh cider operation in Lafayette, including construction of a new facility for storing and pressing fresh apple to cider, converting its existing facility to include an upgraded bottling line and product cooler, and construction of a pole barn to stage fresh apples before moving them to the cooler.

The project would help retain 59 jobs and create six new ones, state officials said.

• SB Lattimore Inc. will received a $1.19 million grant to build an lakeview hotel comprised of three buildings totaling 55 rooms, a bar and event facilities in Fleming in Cayuga County. The hotel will be across from Owasco Lake and Emerson Park, adjacent to The Point at Sand Beach event center. The project would create 30 jobs, according to the state.

• Crouse Health Hospital Inc. will receive a $1 million grant to relocate its prompt care facility, which is currently across the street from the main hospital, to an existing space adjacent to its emergency department, which is being expanded.

• Onondaga County will receive a $975,000 grant to upgrade the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center.

• The city of Auburn will receive a $2 million grant to turn a strip mall into a new regional public safety complex housing the city's fire department emergency services and the Cayuga County Emergency Management Office.

Below is the complete list of projects in Central New York receiving grants and tax credits.