Have you seen photos of Patton Oswalt hanging out at ShoppingTown Mall in Syracuse? Why is he in Central New York?

Actually, Patton Oswalt has been spotted all over the Syracuse area since the beginning of May. He was spotted at an Aldi's location, and now at ShoppingTown Mall. He posted a photo on Instagram with the following caption:

"I have commandeered this abandoned shopping mall for the duration of our nation's gas crisis"

CNY Central has asked Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon why he may be here, and he said the following:

"Onondaga County is a Hot Spot for film Production."

The film "I Love My Dad" is filming in Syracuse from May 10 to June 10. Is this the project he's working on?

We have reached out to Patton's email, and social media channels to see if he will comment. So far he has politely declined for a comment. We will update this story when we learn more.

Take A Look Inside The Abandoned ShoppingTown Mall In Dewitt, NY

Onondaga County currently owns the ShoppingTown Mall located in Dewitt New York near the Syracuse area. As of today, the mall is abandoned. The future of the building will go to someone who has the best vision for it. Onondaga County has issued an official request for proposals (RFP) for ShoppingTown Mall. The property will be resold to the buyer with the best plan for revitalizing the vacant property.
Proposers will need to have a demonstrated history of producing "high quality projects," according to the statement. They will also need to produce financial information related to the project."
Jordan Harmon was able to tour the property and take plenty of photos recently with permission from Onondaga County:
The main purpose of this shoot was to document this historical structure before any alterations occur. I grew up with this mall, I can remember coming here as a kid. This was the place my family did our back to school shopping and the place where I’d blow my allowance at Fun Junction playing laser tag. To see it now is shocking to say the least. The former owner of the mall clearly made no effort to maintain it, let alone stop the hundreds of leaks in the roof.
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