2008: The Year that Was in North Syracuse

At the end of each year, we bring you a roundup of the events that made headlines during the previous 12 months. Read on and remember with us.


Sweetheart Corners gets new sign

Workers from Syracuse Signage Inc. refurbished the Sweetheart Corner sign. Originally the company planned on having the sign up last week, but seeing a break in the weather in the forecast which prompted them to hold off on the completion of the remodeled sign.

Richard Hubeny, owner of Syracuse Signage Inc. said that all of his men had spent time working on the sign throughout the course of it's refurbishing.

"This is a landmark, an institution of the North Syracuse area," Hubeny said. "We had to strip the old neon lights and wiring, we cleaned up the outside, re-painted and re-lettered the sign. For a single sign it's one of the bigger privately owned ones that we've done."


SECNY opens state-of-the-art facility

SECNY Federal Credit Union, located at 3819 Route 11, opened this month. The building boasts the first enclosed drive-thru teller lanes and ATM in America. The enclosed lanes are part of the building's newly redesigned features, completed by Schopfer Architects, LLP and renovations completed by the Hayner Hoyt Corporation. Originally, the building and property were part of Burdick Lexus.

The enclosed drive-thru has an advanced exhaust system that automatically starts when carbon-monoxide levels become too high. But the drive-thru is only one of the new features that the building offers. A wide open-lobby, a self-serve coffee bar and coin counting machine add to the uniqueness of the building.

The lobby features a fireplace that is the focal point of four "cozy-overstuffed chairs" according to a press release by the company. A wall-mounted flat-screen TV rests above the fireplace.

On the other side of the lobby is a showroom of sorts. The wide-open lobby allows for display opportunities. National brands such as Enterprise Car Sales and Starbucks, along with local businesses, Shane Gatto Custom Cycles, Sport-Mann Suzuki and Aramatic vending have placed products in the showroom. Shane Gatto Custom Cycles put a custom chopper on the floor. Sport-Mann has a snowmobile on display and self-served "Quarter Cup" coffee is available thanks to Aramatic vending. Next to the coffee bar is a coin-counting machine and a brand new Ford Mustang from Enterprise is the centerpiece of the whole area.

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