The City Council has approved a 16-acre rezone that will lead to a new retail area on the city's southwest side.

At its Tuesday meeting, the council unanimously approved rezoning the land, located north of 1700 South and east of 1000 West, from agricultural to commercial/retail. The land is directly opposite a new Smith's shopping center complex in Syracuse.Con Wilcox plans on developing a gas station/convenience store on the property, as well as other retail and professional office space.