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1st Quarter 2008

Greece - In May construction on a $3 million, 11,000 sq. ft. court house will begin. The courthouse will move from Cedarfield Commons to Vince Tofany Boulevard. The new building will include 2 new courtrooms, one with a capacity of 150 and the other with a capacity of 75. (12/4)

Canandaigua - Chris Pritchard has agreed to sell nearly 75 acres if his farm land to the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency for $525,000. The land will be used to extend the airport runway. In addition to this land, the IDA will need a 2 acre portion of town-owned Thomas Road. (12/4)

Rochester - RIT announced that a 1 million sq. ft. campus will be constructed by 2019 in Dubai, located in the Persian Gulf. Course will temporarily be taught in a 20,000 sq. ft. space at the Dubai Silicon Oasis, a 4.5 sq. mile complex with housing, banks, retail space and high technology research facilities. By 2019 the campus will grow to the size of about 17 football fields and about 4,000 students will be enrolled. (12/6)

Greece – Renovation plans to Unity Hospital and Park Ridge Living Center were unveiled last week. 167 patient rooms within the hospital will be upgraded and renovated. There will be an addition of 85 inpatient beds as well as an entire 4th floor. The Living Center will become 4 free standing “cottage style” residences. Each will have 20 private rooms. Completion on the multi year, $141 million project is likely to start next spring. The anticipated completion time frame is projected for 2009. (12/6)

Greece – The Villages, an independent senior living community, will begin renovations next year. The anticipated $21 million project includes an addition of 30 units and more common space for activities and educational purposes. Construction is likely to be completed by 2010. (12/6)

Henrietta - The Henrietta Foundation will pay $590,000 for Executive South Family Center, the 25 acre, nine-hole, par-three course. The golf course also includes a clubhouse, restaurant, putting greens and driving range. So far $350,000 has been raised through state grants for the purchase. (12/12)

Greece - Greece district residents will vote on the $21 million EXCEL project. The project includes repairs and renovations in the Greece Central School District. (12/13) Voters in the Greece Central District approved $21.4 million for the EXCEL project. The Greece project includes work on all 20 district buildings. There will be no extra cost to local taxpayers. (12/14)

Fairport – Fairport’s school district will receive $29.9 million for improvements in technology, safety and instructional space. Proposals for improvements to the district office in the village of Fairport for $1.8 million, $725,000 for improvements at the Baumer Buildings and Buildings and Grounds Facilities along with an additional $1.8 in parking improvements were rejected. Breaking grounds for the 29.9 million project will be in Spring 2009. The ribbon cutting ceremony is projected for fall of 2010. (12/12)

Greece – In anticipation of a mixed – used development plan, Farash Corporation purchased houses on 125 acres, along West Ridge Road. The plans include a 203,000 sq. ft. Super Walmart, 172,000 sq. ft. strip of retail buildings, 200,000 sq. ft. pf retail and commercial buildings, among other projects. Now referred to as Southwestern Commons is calling for 98 acres of rezoned land from single-family to restricted – general business. Developers are still seeking approval (12/9).

Victor – The proposed Fisher Development calls for 750,000 sq. ft. of buildings on vacant land, totaling 95 acres, across from the intersection with Route 251. Developer DiMarco Group’s Rowley 99 LLC plans to apply 550,000 sq, ft. to commercial space. Preliminary plans also include a 100,000 sq. ft. hotel and some apartments. (12/19)

Brighton – Construction on the 20,000 sq. ft. Islamic Center at the Islamic Center of Rochester could be completed by next fall. The new building will include a primary school, a new gymnasium and library . Construction began about 4 years ago. The final cost of the project will be about $3 million. (12/20)

Rochester- Hyatt Summerfield Suites, formally known as the Strathallan Hotel, will undergo a $4 million in makeover. In addition to other areas, the 156-room hotel is receiving renovations that will include updates to the superstructure. Construction completion is set for May 1. (1/2)

Seneca - The Department of Environmental Conservation would like to add 2,100 acres in or near the former Seneca Army Depot, to their protected wetlands list. Also, the DEC intends on purchasing 2,300 acres of land at the depot for the pay-to-hunt preserve. Company officials requested a 90 day extension before finalizing their plans to unite and offer an alternative option. (1/14)

Rochester – Rochester General Hospital requested permission for the addition of 36 more medical/ surgical beds from the state. Strong Memorial announced plans to add 123 beds, Unity Health will add 85. While phase one of Unity’s Health System $144 million project received approval, the rest of its proposal and Strong’s $250 million project is still awaiting approval. Studies assessing the hospitals needs are expected to be completed by the end of January. (1/16)

Webster - Maplewood Nursing & Rehabilitation is undergoing a 6,800 sq. ft. expansion and renovation. The upgrade will include a gourmet restaurant, a community room, restructure of corridors, among other changes. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. (1/16)

Rochester – Patients could have larger room s and their own bathrooms and showers by late 2012 due to plans of renovation and expansion at Rochester General Hospital. The hospital is seeks approval of a $134 million project, that includes constructing a new 6 story building on Portland Avenue. The first two floors would be dedicated to an ambulatory surgery unit, inpatient beds would fill the upper floors. This would be part of their 144 bed addition request. (1/17)

Monroe County – Over the last decade, enrollment at Monroe County Catholic schools has decreased by 45%. Between 2006 – 2007, the diocese is facing a $6.6 million deficit. 13 schools are slated to close this year due to financial problems. The closures will impact 197 people, who will lose employment. (1/23)

Livingston – In December, Livingston County was granted $2.8 million to preserve 3,143 acres of farmland. 1,352 acres on the Brady farm, on Route 108, and 1,791 acres on the Merrimac Farm, on East Groveland will be protected from any non agricultural use. (1/29)

Rochester – Monroe Community College raised about $4.5 million in the efforts to build a 53,000 sq. ft. fieldhouse. The construction is expected to begin in September. The PAC Center will feature a 140 x 140 foot synthetic turf field, a three lane track, and a weight training lab among other additions. Construction could be completed by next fall. (1/30)

Lyons – Wayne County officials, business leaders and residents would like to open a train station on the 85-mile stretch of land between Rochester is Syracuse. Wayne County received a $1 million grant to build a train station in Lyons. The plans of design were rejected by CSX. The company mandated that the station be moved to its main line, raising the cost of the project to $4-7 million. A meeting is scheduled for February to discuss other options. (1/31)

Rochester – Durand Park could cost city $8.6 million to revive. A $2.4 million beach house could be built, providing year round usage for the beach. Plans also include a playground, green space and landscaping among other features. The first priority is water quality. No construction will begin until 2009 or later. (2/6)

Greece – Construction on Henpeck Boat launch should begin this April .A $250,000 grant will be used to fund the project. The launch will provide Erie Canal access to non motorized boats. (2/7)

Pittsford – Next week a proposal will be given to the Pittsford Zoning Board to build a two story, 17,000 sq. ft. reception facility at St. John Fisher. The welcome center will be about 45 ft. high, which is against the 30 ft. tall regulation. The center will house the admissions, development and alumni office. Construction could began as early as late spring. The center would open in January 2009 if approved. (2/13)

Rochester – Development plans for 1.5 acres of land on East Main Street, formally the home of Rascal Café, were rejected. Proposals ranged from a $20 million hotel and town complex, to a $92 million, 15 story high rise. The Committee will re-start the bidding process this spring. (2/19)

4th Quarter 2007

Hopewell – Finger Lakes Community College is celebrating the opening of the first on campus dorms. The construction of the building took 11 months, the cost of construction was $18 million. The dorms feature 354 bedrooms. (9/10)

Honeoye Falls – A new site in Honeoye Falls is being offered as “shovel-ready”, or pre-permitted and ready for construction. Village Square, a 92-acre parcel on West Main Street, could save companies years in the planning and approval process, and hopes to draw new business to the region (10/18).

Palmyra – Thirty-nine homes in Palmyra will likely receive grinders that will help them link to a new sewer being installed. The total cost for the project is expected to be around $550,000. The town was given a federal grant of $221,800 for the project, and the town plans to take out a 38-year loan at 4.5% to pay for the rest of it. All residents in the district, whether they hook up to the sewer or not, will be required to pay about $460 annually to help pay off the loan. Residents who hook up to the sewer could face a $300 charge for the sewer use, as well as a $50 capital fund-fund contribution to replace the grinder pumps. They would also have to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 for the incorporation of the grinder pump into their plumbing, as well as an additional $500 to $1,000 for pumping out and abandoning their existing septic tank (9/10)

Rochester – The Eastman School of Music has announced the construction of a new wing on East Main Street and Swan Street. The addition will feature a 200-seat recital hall, a large rehearsal space, a recording studio, and faculty studios. It will be built on top of a current parking lot. In March, the Eastman School announced plans to renovate the Eastman Theater by reducing the number of seats from 3,094 to 2,250 and install box seats on the side walls to improve acoustics and increase lobby space. The estimated cost for the project is $35 million, and will be funded by a $13 million grant from the government, a $5 million grant from New York State, in addition to the $8 million already committed. (9/11)

Greece – The Greece Board of Education is requesting another project for voter approval on Dec. 13. The project includes $17.8 million worth of health and safety repairs, and $3.6 million for funding software and hardware upgrades. It will cost $24.1 million dollars, which will be funded by $4.2 million by the state EXCEL Aid, and $17.2 million in state building aid. There will be no cost to the taxpayers. (9/13)

Brighton –Southside Medical Supply at 1815 Clinton Ave. South in Brighton has been purchased. It will open in the week of Sept 17, featuring a supply storeroom expansion of 2,000 square feet, more fitting rooms for privacy and consultations, and a computer system upgrade. (9/13)

Rochester – CB Richard Ellis is marketing the Vertis Inc. distribution facility on the northeast corner of University Avenue and Culver Road. The property is priced for $2.95 million. (9/14)

Rochester – The Clarion Riverside Hotel is getting $4.7 million in renovations and upgrades. Two floors will be turned into executive suites, the second-floor meeting rooms and bathrooms will be renovated, and the lobby will be redone with a boutique motif. Work is scheduled to begin Oct. 22, and will be completed in February. The hotel reported a 4% growth in sales and a 7% growth in capacity in 2006 compared to 2005. (9/21)

Rush – Rush Creek Development wants to build a blend of single-family homes, town homes, apartments and a small amount of commercial space along 130 acres of property on the Howlett farm property. The property is north of West Rush Road and south of Honeoye Creek. It is split in half by the Lehigh Valley Trail. The project would include 150 single-family homes and 40 town houses south of the trail. 160 townhouses would be added to the north of the trail with the possibility of adding apartments. The single-family houses would average between 1,500 and 2,000 square feet on a small lot size, and would cost less than $200,000. (9/26)

Farmington – A polluted 12-acre site previously owned by Griffin Technology has been purchased by S&W Development of North America, LLC. The land is northwest of where routes 96 and 332 meet. S&W plans to complete cleaning up the contamination and develop the property. (9/27)

East Rochester – Once repairs on a bridge that carries trains over South Lincoln Road are complete, the town will be fully recovered from damage caused by January’s CSX train derailment. CSX has paid East Rochester $67,666.40 for labor and materials b\needed to fix its damaged streets and sidewalks. Most of the repairs have been done by village employees. CSX has settles all claims for private property damage. (9/28)

Albany – The Education Department and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority crafted new guidelines for energy-efficient construction of schools. Between the 2001-02 and 2005-06 school years, schools on average have decreased their energy consumption by 13%. (9/28)

Baltimore, greater Washington – Buffalo-based M&T Bank is expanding and acquiring 13 branches of First Horizon National Corp. in Baltimore and Greater Washington. They will acquire about $201 million in deposits and $226 million in loans. (9/30)

East Rochester – The East Rochester Central School district will move forward with a proposed $7.15 million project for district-wide improvements. The district will receive $5.35 million in state building aid, $376,870 in EXCEL Aid, and $1.4 million in capital reserves saved over the past 10 years. The proposal includes $2.4 million for interior renovations, $1.6 million for exterior renovations, and $1.4 million for health and safety items. If approved, the project will not cause an increase in taxes, and will begin in May, to be completed in August in time for the 2008 school year. (10/10)

Monroe County tax breaks– The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency has granted tax incentives to nine local economic development projects at its monthly meeting for October. Among the projects are, Nazareth College and its expansion of the residence halls. The college would like a tax-exempt bond on its $10.5 million project. Hahn Automotive warehouse was granted a $75,000 sales tax exemption for expanding its Rochester operations, adding 15 employees and buying $1 million in computer equipment. Apollo Development was given $85,000 in mortgage and partial tax abatements for the construction of a 13,000 square-foot sports medicine complex in Penfield. The project will cost $1.7 million. 250 South will receive $69,000 in sales and mortgage tax abatements for building the first residential housing unit in downtown’s Washington Heights area. $2 million will be allocated towards renovations. Finally, Morgan Spencerport LLC will receive tax abatements for a $20 million to $22 million project to develop a 10-acre shopping center in Spencerport at 28 Slayton Avenue. (10/17)

Greece, Henrietta – Five Star Bank, based in Warsaw, Wyoming County, plans to open branches in Greece and Henrietta. One would be in the Wegmans Plaza at 2033 West Ridge Road in Greece, and the other would be in the proposed Wegmans plaza at 745 Calkins Road in Henrietta. Each branch would cost $1.3 million to build, and would be 5,500 square feet each. Five Star Bank has $1.9 million in assets, 50 offices and 70 ATMs in 14 counties. (10/17)

Irondequoit – The town is planning to move the Cobblestone Blacksmith Shop from East Ridge Road to the Town Hall campus by next June. Built in 1830, it is Irondequoit’s oldest building. Ray Lo Re of Irondequoit purchased the property in August, and has donated the building to the town because he wants to build a Salvatore’s Pizza shop on the land. (10/25)

Clifton Springs – The former Teft Avenue School, which has been for sale for two years, may be purchased at $100,000 from Faith Community Church. The original asking price was $399,000. The 78,702 square-foot building is on six acres at 21 Teft Avenue. It was closed in 2004 when the new campus on Rte. 488 opened. (10/26)

Canandaigua – The City Council has set up a list of projects that it considers worth spending money on over the next ten years, anticipating $40 million that will be needed for projects through 2017. Street reconstruction will cost more than $18 million alone. (11/12)

Brighton – The Congregation Beth Sholom is considering either moving out of their current 40,000 square-foot location, or renovating it. Right now, the estimated project cost for either moving or updating is hovering between $3.5 million and $6 million. (11/14).

Henrietta – Canandaigua National bank and Trust Co. will operate out of a temporary location at1635 East Henrietta Rd., near the Jefferson Road intersection. Their new location will be at 1225 Commons Way, just off East Henrietta Road, and will be 2,200 square feet. (11/14)

Chili – The University of Rochester Medical Center will pay almost $500,000 for road improvements on Scottsville Road and pay the town $33,000 per year for a temporary lease permit for a Chili parking lot. This incentive package allows Chili to recoup lost revenues with the parking lot being taken off the tax roll. (11/15)

Webster – A new vote is sought out in the case of a $14.9 million community center in Webster. Proponents for a new community center in Webster blame the narrow loss on three things: the number of vacationing supporters during the vote in August, the lack of absentee ballots, and the fact that not enough people went to the polls because they thought that it would pass so easily. A petition of 1,323 signatures was presented to the board in an effort to get a re-vote. (11/16)

Greece – A new 11-bed hospice in Greece will offer care in a hotel-like setting for people who are nearing the end of their life. The Elizabeth G. and Jennifer J. Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Greece is a $3.4 million building at 2652 Ridgeway Avenue, just south of Unity Hospital. It offers eight beds for acute, inpatient care, and three beds for the people who no longer need acute-level care but still need a nurse at hand around the clock. (11/20)

Monroe County tax breaks – The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency has granted tax incentives to nine local economic development projects at its monthly meeting for November. Some of the projects receiving the incentives are, Rochester Presbyterian’s four proposed adult care complexes in Chili, each 10,215 square feet and able to accommodate 12 people, Midtown Athletic Club will get a partial tax exemption on a $6.6 million expansion. They plan to create 25 jobs over the next three years, Calkins Corporate Park LLC plans to add a 16,000 square-foot building to their office park to accommodate Sorenson Communications Inc., a Salt Lake City company that provides services for the deaf and hard of hearing. The $2 million project, which would get partial tax exemption, will create 100 jobs. Lastly, the Gallina Development Corp. plans to build a 20,500 square-foot distribution center. The $1.1 million project will receive partial tax exemption. It would create two jobs and retain twenty others. (11/21)

Canandaigua – A wide-scale, up-scale proposal for the north shore of Canandaigua Lake would include lakefront retail outlets, hundreds of townhouses, and a heavy commitment from the city. The Lakeshore Drive location would have 14 interlocking townhouse buildings totaling 150 units, 17 individual liner townhomes, six three-story apartment buildings totaling 30 units, two three-story mixed-use buildings with 100 apartments over retail space, three four-story mixed-use buildings with 77 apartments over retail space, 67,000 square feet of retail space, and 854 parking spaces. On Routes 5 and 20, there would be 100,000 square feet of existing retail space, 21,000 square feet of new retail space, and 534 parking spaces. The whole project will cost $140 million. (11/21)

Canandaigua – Developers revealed a formal proposal for a $140 million upscale development along the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. It is expected to be filed with the Canandaigua city Council early in 2008. The development would be 30 acres from Booth Street to Muar Street between Routes 5 and 20 and Lakeshore Drive. The first phase of construction would include about 25 buildings near Lakeshore Drive, including 374 residential units, apartments, and townhouses, and 67,000 square feet of retail space that will be slated for smaller, independent businesses and restaurants. The second phase would entail a makeover of Parkway Plaza, which is owned by Crossed. About 21,000 square feet of retail space would be added to the existing 100,000 square feet. (11/22)

Canandaigua – The Villas at Canandaigua has received Town Board approval and rezoning for their 49-acre parcel south of Routes 5 and 20 and west of Middle Cheshire Road in late October. The developer, however, would be required to extend the sewer line along the west side of Middle Cheshire Road to the Crosswinds Wesleyan Church, installation of a water main the same size as those that run along Middle Cheshire Road and Parish Street Extension to prevent a reduction of water pressure in the neighborhood, construction of a hiking and biking trail from the site along the sewer construction line down to County Road 16, turning lanes on both the north and south sides of the intersection of middle Cheshire Road and Routes 5 and 20 and West Street, a cash payment of $75,000 to the town for use in developing a park, and a cash payment of $125,000 to the town to make improvements to Outhouse Park, currently being developed along Outhouse Road. (11/28)

Rochester – Jines Restaurant on Park Avenue is planning to expand, and a new pub and eatery is moving in across the street. Due to the already congested parking issue, the city is requesting both places to put up signs encouraging customers to park in a nearby parking lot down the street. (11/28)

Greece – Voters will decide Dec. 13 whether to let the district spend $21.4 million on capital improvements. The EXCEL project would make repairs to aging equipment like boilers, antiquated technology, and bring the buildings up to code. The district’s selling point on the project is that it will be at no cost to the taxpayers. (11/29)

Williamson – An 80-foot tall wind turbine is being erected on the campus of Wayne Technical and Career Center. The turbine will power some of the school’s facilities, but like the solar panels that were installed a year ago, it will be used primarily for teaching purposes. (11/29)

Greece - Unity Hospital has announced a $144 million expansion that would add a fourth floor to the orthopedic unit at the facility, adding 85 beds. A 40-bed transitional care center would be added as well. Since October, Unity has reported daily occupancy rates of 103 percent, despite opening up more beds and decreasing the length of patient stays. Currently, Unity has 256 beds. (11/29)

3rd Quarter 2007

Victor – Victor residents approved a ballot to spend $5.7 million to build a new Town Hall at 85 E. Main Street. The project will be financed by town reserves in the amount of $4 million and $1.5 million in loans. No official project completion date release. (5/1)

Rochester – Interest has been expressed in buying or receiving a donation of the property on 115 Portland Ave., to build a 25,000 sq. ft. mosque. The $5 million project would include space for Islamic studies, and self help classes. An additional 6,000 sq. ft. building adjacent to the mosque would be used for retail. More details to come in June. (5/2)

Brighton – As early as fall 2009, Empire State’s Genesee Valley Center could relocate to the Brighton-Henrietta Town-line Road. The lease would be $12 million, for a two story building and adjacent parking lot. Construction on the 30,000 sq. ft. building could start next spring. The state’s 07/08 budget contained more than $15 million for Empire State Facilities. The two schools are still working out the details. (5/2)

Rochester – Under Rochester Gas & Electric’s Brownfield/ Building Redevelopment Program, Buckingham’s Commons was granted $400,000 by RG&E for electrical upgrades to the formerly vacant ArtCraft Optical Building. Currently the building is almost at 100% occupancy by commercial and residential tenants. (5/3)

Farmington – A citizens group applies efforts to saving a historic Quaker meetinghouse in Farmington. The 191 year old, two story building was the site for important Quaker meetings, as well as the attraction for leading 19th century reformers, including Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. About 150 members are joining together to raise, $1.6 million to restore the building. Thus far the group has raised $35,000, in addition to various grant proposals pending. The Quaker building demolition deadline is May 31. (5/7)

Rochester – Fredrick Douglass Middle School will close in June making room for 2 college preparatory high schools. Poor academic performance sited for the school’s closing. More than 1,000 students much apply to new schools. The two new schools, Northwest and Northeast College Preparatory High Schools at Fredrick Douglass, will now be open for students in the 7-10 grades, doubling their attendance to 300. The state education department has not yet approved a restructuring plan. (5/8)

Greece – Benderson Development Co. purchased an 8-acre site from Tops Friendly Market for $1 million. The company is currently in the concept stage of development. An actual proposal may take another 3 – 4 months. Benderson is also awaiting an approval for a 125-acre mixed use development site on West Ridge Road. Upon approval, the Southwestern Commons will be developed into a 200-unit senior housing complex, in addition to a Wal-Mart Supercenter. (5/9)

Medina – Officials of Genesee Community College and Orleans County will gather today, along route 31A, for a ceremony marking the construction of GCC in Medina. The 9,000 sq. ft. center will include two computer labs, a science lab and 5 -7 classrooms, staff and faculty offices. Completion date scheduled for 2009. (510)

Irondequoit – The owners of the oldest building in Irondequoit are not interested in donating the 167 year old structure. Irondequoit risks losing a $50,000 grant, which is intended to move the building to a safer location, if the town does not reach an agreement with the owner. In the current location the building is at risk of demolition due to neglect. (5/14)

Greece - The board has yet to vote on the rezoning proposal. The DiMarco Group do not have potential clients to publicize as of yet. The clients could include restaurants, a big box anchor store or smaller retailers. The proposal calls for tow access points with traffic signals. Traffic would then be eased through a cross driveway between the two parcesl. A cobblestone home, reportedly one of four in Greece, could be at risk. The developers and the Greece Historic Preservation Committee could work together to save the home. (5/17)

Fairport - Fairport neighbors rally together to save First Baptist Church from demolition. The essential repair cost is $130,000. Church Officials are considering selling or moving out of the church if they are unable to raise the funds for repairs. (5/17)

Geneva – Construction is starting for the 17,000 sq. ft. renovation project at Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scandling Center. The $15 million project is schedule to wrap up during the fall semester of 2008. (5/21)

Cortland – New York Sterling Management Inc. purchased The Cortland Apartments, a 146 unit apartment complex, for $4 million. Richard Will, president of Hemisphere Holdings Corp. brokered the sale. (5/22)

Seneca – Finger Lakes Technology Group expects to seal a deal for $7.5 million to develop bunkers into high tech records storage sites. The company plans to refurbish a 37,000 sq. ft. warehouse. Finger Lakes Technology is using $250,000 of a $1 million allotment of state secured money to help pay for improvements at the depot. (5/25)

Inrondequoit – Monroe county plans to spend about $25 million in 2008 towards completing construction projects, or beginning new ones. A list of more than about 70 projects around the county may receive financial assistance from the county. Among those projects are the 4.8 mile pedestrian trail in Irondequoit, which will receive $2.5 million, $8 million for the Greater Rochester Airport parking upgrades and additions and $2.5 to improve the Public Safety Building. (6/5)

Sutherland – Construction on The Pittsford School Foundation amphitheater is complete. Since 2006 the amphitheater has been under construction, as apart of Sutherland High school’s $36 million renovation project. Among other additions, the renovation called for addition of more than 78,000 sq. ft., a new stadium, 16 new classrooms, expanded parking and eight science rooms. (6/13)

Perinton – Waste Management wants to raise the landfill 100 feet higher on top of the allowable 196 feet, as well as expand 144 acres of the High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center. Residents feel they were not properly notified of the request. If approved, the expansion will extend the life of the landfill an additional 40 years. (5/10) Waste Management is withdrawing a part of the pending application for the 100 foot vertical expansion. The withdrawal is partly a result of the Perinton residents who came out to protest against the proposal. The town will continue to review the Waste Management’s proposed 13.5 acre horizontal expansion. (6/14)

Midtown – Midtown Athletic Club plans to expand their establishment. The project is expected to cost about $6 million. The Club purchased 16 parcels, totaling 6.5 acres. The expansion includes nine outdoor tennis courts, four out door swimming pools and an indoor swimming pool and whirl pool. City records indicate a total assessment for the properties purchased to be $1.25 million. No word on how much The Club paid for the land. Construction could be completed by May of 2009. (6/15)

Monroe County – Monroe County will begin offering tax incentives to companies that develop environmentally friendly buildings. Some green projects are already under way for Monroe Community College, a new crime lab and possibly the Renaissance Sq. ft. project. (6/15)

Canandaigua - Court Justice William Kocher ruled that a anticipated club house and dock on Canandaigua Lake would be eligible for a special use permit, terminating the town Zoning Board of Appeals pervious decision that stopped the project. This decision allows RSM West Lake Road LLC to move forward with its proposed Residence at West Lake Marine Club, in addition to 81 boat slips and 35 morrings. The plan includes 67 homes on the Johnson property, converting the existing marina to private and a 4,000 sq. ft. community clubhouse. (6/17)

Keene Valley – Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation group, acquired the former Finch, Pruyn & Co. Inc. lands, 161,000 acres of timberland in the central Adirondack Mountains for $110 million. The agreement allows Atlas Paper Resources, the former owner, to continue cutting trees for 20 years, while the new owner pays land taxes. (6/19)

Henrietta - In April residents voted down the plan to build a new fires station on Pinnacle Road. Due to omitted necessities such as a sprinkler or suitable fire alarms, the fire station does not meet the district’s own fire code. Henrietta residents would have to pay $13.67 more per year for 10 years to pay off the fire station. This project may cost up to $2.8 million, $2.2 million would need to be borrowed. Another vote is scheduled for June 13. The new fire house proposal was rejected for the second time. The fire district will have to wait about a year before other actions can be taken. (6/27)

Farmington – Preliminary approval from the Planning Board was granted to the Developers of Glacier Lake Resorts and Indoor Waterworld, to build a 45,000 sq. ft., indoor water park. Along with the water park, the $ 78 million project will include two hotels, and a 31,900 sq. ft. conference center. Final approval could come in September. If granted final approval, construction could begin by winter and end by Spring 2009. The complex could create 275 jobs, and generate $10.4 million in revenue over the next three years. (7/11)

Rochester – Monroe County will invest $12 million in improving law enforcement communication. The plans call for 6 new 180-foot communication towers, and replacement of two around the county. In addition to the towers, 2,000 hand held radios for police officers, and 1,000 mobile radios for police cars will be purchased. (7/13)

Rochester – Bidding opened for renovation of The Bausch Memorial Bridge. The $10 million project calls for a large over look on the south side of the span and new railings, resembling the 1930 original design. Construction could begin in late September or early October. (7/18)

Brighton – The towns of Brighton and Irondequoit have teamed up and contracted GAR Associates, Inc., an appraising company, to revaluate their property. The 2008 school tax bill and the 2009 town and county tax bill will reflect the changes in the assessment roll. (8/1)

Irondequoit – A group of local and out-of-town investors are trying to build Lighthouse Pointe, a $250 million complex with condominiums, marinas, a hotel, and retail. The site currently contains several marinas, a boating repair shop, and vacant land. The developers will not be permitted to build housing on the site unless an environmental cleanup takes place, due to the fact that much of the site is a former landfill used by the city and Irondequoit. There are heavy metals, methane gas, and other contaminants in the soil. The developers estimate that the cleanup will cost between $4 million and $8 million. The contractors applied to the state for tax credits that would help pay for remediation, and their application was turned down, and they are now suing the state. (8/1)

Greece – Richard Gilmore wants to build 37 multi-unit self-storage buildings on about 14 acres on Ridgeway Avenue. The Town Board issued a positive declaration on the project, which means that it could have a negative impact on the environment. (8/2)

Charlotte – Government officials are debating on plans for the area that used to be the port for the fast ferry. The city is waiting for $10 million from a federal appropriations bill that can be used for renovation and restoration of the area. (8/2)

Rochester – The Hiram Sibley Building has been for $2.56 million. Masaschi also purchased the Valley Cadillac Building adjacent to it for $1.5 million. The Hiram Sibley Building is the location for Monty’s Korner bar, The Pita Pit, financial services offices, and a law firm. (8/3)

Webster – Continuing Developmental Services will build a $9.5 million, 60,000 sq. ft. facility for individuals who are developmentally disabled, off of Hard Road in Webster. The agency employs 550 people and serves 1,700 clients, an increase compared 2005. (8/7)

Henrietta – The Sands Academy for children ages 6 to 8 with learning disabilities will open this fall at 275 Pinnacle Road. The tuition is $10,500 per school year. (8/8)

Rochester – Work is near completion on the 1,000 foot long addition of a safety zone, at the end of runway 10-28, at the Greater Rochester International Airport. The project cost $17 million, and is funded by federal funds. (8/15)

Steuben County – A wind turbine project in Cohocton and Avoca received final state approval. The turbines have a combined electric-generating capacity of 127.5 megawatts of electricity, and would be able to power about 45,000 homes annually. (8/16)

Penfield – Town officials asked Clearwire communications to withdraw its application to construct a 120-ft tower behind the Penfield Community Center. They have also requested that T-mobile not pursue an application to erect a tower in Greenfield Park at Scribner and Embury roads (8/28).

Chili – The University of Rochester Medical Center campus is requesting temporary ownership of the lot on 1420 Scottsville Road, in order to get 672 additional parking places. The Medical Center is short on parking due to construction projects. The medical center is willing to pave the lot, landscape the property, add traffic signals and a turning lane, and make road improvements on Scottsville Road. Currently the property is zoned general industrial, and does not allow parking lots to be its primary use. (8/28)

Henrietta – A 100,000 sq. ft. facility will open for the University of Rochester Medical Center in Henrietta called the Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute. It will be home to 15 research laboratories, and was purchased three years ago from Wyeth-Lederle Vaccines and Pediatrics. UR officials have spent $14 million in renovations. (8/29)

1st Quarter 2007

Brighton – MCC Association Inc. plans to construct a three story, 115,000 square foot building to house 366 students on their Brighton campus. The project will cost $15.2 million. Construction scheduled to begin July 2006. Completion date expected to be August of 2007.

Henrietta – The Board of fire district commissioners in Henrietta approved building a new station, and will be seeking voter approval in February. The new station would help accommodate the 28 career fire fighters Henrietta has currently, as well as 10 more they expect to add in 2007. The construction would cost up to $2.5 million, and the board hopes to break ground in April (12/20)

Rochester - Entrepreneur, Scott Donaldson purchased the Main Street Armory, a 138,000 square feet spread over seven floors at a tax foreclosure for $1,000. In addition, he also purchased the gas station across the street for $140,000, which is the remainder of what he anticipated to pay for the Armory.
Donaldson will use the space to house The Raiders arena football team. A three year lease has been signed with the Armory for $2,000 per game. (12/29)

Rochester – $5.3 million construction and renovation project of the Ithaca College physical therapy facility. The 55,000 square foot facility will include new labs, a lecture hall and new lounges. Construction scheduled to begin in March of 2006.

Henrietta/Rush - Town plans to turn 72 acre parcel of land on the Genesee River into recreation space are under way. Plans to include 12 acres of land into baseball park, 2 playgrounds and picnic shelters. Final decision on design expected for early 2007. Rush would match a state grant for $100,000 and $43,000 from the recreation reserve would be used to cover the project’s bill of over $200,000. Rush intends on putting a 19 acre parcel, just off River Road, on the market in January. Park expected to be open in Spring 2007. (1/3) Deal sealed for new park in Henrietta. Town paid $175,000 for land. (1/8)

Webster – New fire station to be built on the northwest corner of the intersection of Route 250 and Woodhull. District officials are hoping to schedule a referendum in March or April to determine details of proposal. If approved, the station would be built on a 12 acre site in Webster. Neighbors are concerned about potential home value loss due to proximity of fire state. District consultant recommends news fire station to comply with insurance guidelines. (1/3)

Brighton – Town expects to close on purchase of 71 acres of land on Westfall Road. The land will expand Buckland park to 121 acres. Based on settlement, the town agreed to pay $2.9 million for land. Brighton will also work to renovate the Buckland farmhouse. Upon completion expected in 2007, the farmhouse will be used as a museum, meeting place and a place to do genealogical work. Lastly, the town received a $225,000 grant, in addition to $224,000 received from the city of Rochester to develop 6,500 feet of canal path along East Henrietta and Westfall roads. Developments expected to start in 2007. (1/3)

Darien Lake – Six Flags Darien Lake will sell seven parks to a PARC 7F- Operations Corp for $312 million. The deal expected to close in March 2007. Six Flags experienced attendance decline in 2006, leading to a 16 percent drop in third-quarter earnings. The sale is part of a strategy to reduce its $2.1 billion debt and improve financial flexibility. (1/12)

4th Quarter 2006

Henrietta – RIT will put under one roof numerous academic programs that had been scattered across campus with the $8.5 million addition of the new College of Applied Science and Technology Engineering Technology Building. The 33,600 square-foot building will be built in parking lot J and is scheduled to be finished by December 2007. (9/20)

Pittsford – St. John Fisher College has opened the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Monroe County’s first pharmacy school with it’s first class of 55 students. (9/20)

Penfield – Penfield Central School District is working on the approval of renovation projects ranging between $63 and $66 million. (9/21) Penfield Central School District voted to approve $66 million in improvements that will include new classrooms, updated science labs, renovated kitchens and auditorium, and new bleachers. Construction could take over 18 months to begin. (11/15)

Irondequoit – The Irondequoit Public Works Department has begun work on a $2.4 million multi-use trail that will run from the north side of Culver Road in Sea Breeze to Pattonwood Drive to the Col. Patrick O’Rourke Bridge. The trail is a joint project of Irondequoit and Monroe County and completion is set for September 2007. (9/26)

Fingerlakes – Rochester based Aquatic Resorts & Entertainment LLC is developing a $65 million project, Glacier Lakes Resort, to be located on 40 acres off of Routes 332 and 41 in the Canandaigua/Farmington area. The project, featuring an indoor water park, hotels, and community events center, is proposed to better position the Finger Lakes region as a tourist destination by drawing visitors from within a 200-mile radius, adding up to $36 million in potential revenue and creating up to 400 full-time jobs. Developers are going through the state environmental review, design approvals would follow, and would like construction to begin late next spring to early summer, with completion in early 2008. (9/29)

Rochester – One of Rochester’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, Sts. Peter & Paul on W. Main St., closed it’s doors after 163 years of service, due to a shortage of priests and declining attendance. (10/2)

Aquinas – A plan was announced to build a 55,000 square foot field house and fitness center at the Dewey Avenue campus of the Aquinas Institute. The $4.5 million for the project was secured through a capital campaign, and construction is expected to begin in March with completion by December 2007. (10/3)

Greece – First Bible Baptist Church is building a 79,000 square foot church complex on 96 acres at 990 Manitou Road, to accommodate its growing congregation. The project began in July, and they are hoping to hold their first services there by summer 2007. (10/5)

Fairport – The First Baptist Church of Fairport has been officially listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, making it eligible for preservation grants. The 130 year old building is currently awaiting the preparation of a building condition report to determine what needs to be done to preserve it. (10/13)

Perinton – The town of Perinton received a $550,000 state grant for an improvement project in Bushnell’s Basin that will include a fueling station, public dock, restrooms, picnic area, street lighting, crosswalks, signs, and anchor cleats for boats on the canal. Work on the project should begin in 2007 and be completed in three years, with funds also being contributed by the town, and Richard Steamer, owner of Hess Gas Station in Bushnell’s Basin. (10/26) The Town of Perinton is expected to match the $551,000 in state grant money for a new docking station. The project in Bushnell’s Basin should begin next winter and be completed in 2008. This grant is one of seven different grants that were announced for waterfront revitalization in the Rochester area. (12/5)

Pittsford – St. John Fisher College has broken ground on its forthcoming Wegmans School of Nursing. (10/31)

Seneca Falls – Executive Realty Group of Seneca Falls has completed the following real estate transactions; Sale of the 102-unit Tudor Village complex for $1.8 million, an office/retail building at 2171 Monroe Ave. sold for $1.07 million, and the $625,000 sale of Sweden Lane Apartments in Brockport. (10/31)

Greece – Unity Hospital and Lifetime Care broke ground for a 9,600 square foot hospice center at Unity Park Ridge Campus on Ridgeway Avenue. A conference launched the public phase to raise $1.5 million needed to complete the project, in addition to the nearly $1.2 million that has already been raised. The 11 bed hospice care center is expected to open in 2007. (11/2)

Greece – Aldersgate United Methodist has completed a 17,000 square foot addition to the 1950 Dewey Avenue church. The congregation raised $2.6 million for the project that more than doubled it’s space. (11/3)

Ontario – Ontario Golf Club will be auctioned off, due to financial problems attributed to a decline in membership. Ranked fourth on RBJ’s most recent list of toughest golf courses, the club that once had as many as 300 members, recently dropped close to 100. Financial stress at clubs throughout the state is taking a toll on New York golf association’s search for tournament sites. (11/3) HSBC Bank USA is owed some $1.3 million on the foreclosed Ontario Golf Club, which opened in 1928 as a nine-hole facility. In 1968, nine holes were added on the 164 acre complex, and in 1994, a 15,000 square foot clubhouse was built. The foreclosure auction will sell the real property and equipment separately to the highest bidders. (12/8)

Brighton – Faith Temple and the town of Brighton have settled a two year land dispute with an agreement that the town will purchase 71 acres from the church for $2.9 million, leaving 72.5 acres at Westfall and South Winton roads for the church to expand its facilities. (11/10)

Southwedge – DePaul Community Services Inc. is building a new facility on Mount Hope Ave. to merge five sites into one. The $4.2 million, 50,000 square foot center is expected to be complete by 2007, and have 50 employees. (11/17)

Greece – School upgrades have been approved costing $86.6 million, which is 13 million less than the original proposal from a few weeks earlier. The improvement projects would include health and safety needs, such as roofs, security, fire alarms and emergency lighting, handicapped access, technology upgrades, and installing new fields. The plans would mostly be eligible for state aid and be paid over 15 years. Construction should begin around June 2008. (11/30)

Rochester – Rochester’s largest non-hospital health care campus, Clinton Crossings Medical Center, is adding a ninth building to it’s campus that now totaled 680,000 square feet before the new 30,000 square foot building. Construction on the latest updates should be complete by spring, and the developer, Costello & Son has an additional 140 acres available adjacent to the campus for future buildouts. (12/1)

Dansville – The Dansville library is preparing for construction of a 10,000 to 11,000 square foot addition to be built on the site of the Wilcox building that was just demolished next to their Main Street location. Public fundraising for the project is expected to begin within the year. (12/4)

Rochester – Joy Community Church has purchased the property surrounding it on the corner of North Goodman and Bay Streets with the intent of adding a clinic, ice cream parlor, coffee house, ministry center and outdoor café. (12/4)

Farmington – The Farmington Town board voted to extend its order of demolition on the 190 year old Quaker meetinghouse on County Road 8 near Sheldon Road. Local residents and preservationists have until the end of May to raise enough funds to restore the historical structure. The cost of a complete restoration is estimated between $1 million and $1.5 million. (12/6)

Brighton – Under the 2006 Erie Canal Greenway grant program, from the state Canal Corporation, the town of Brighton will receive $225,000 to begin it’s vision for canal front development. The city of Rochester received $224,100 for similar work, along 1,000 feet of canal front. The money received will be matched by developers Anthony J. Costello & Son, who are involved in the CityGate project that mixes retail, office space, residential space and civic uses along East Henrietta and Westfall Roads. (12/6)

Pittsford – The village of Pittsford will receive a state grant for half of the amount it needs to complete the final stages in the development of Schoen Place. The Erie Canal Greenway Grant, from the New York State Canal Corporation, in the amount of $225,000, will have to be matched by the village to complete improvements along the Erie Canal. The project will take about a year of design, and the next step is hiring a landscape architect and engineer. (12/13)

Bushnell’s Basin – Despite opposition from neighbors, the Perinton Planning Board approved a project on Route 96 to combine seven lots into two, demolish three dilapidated homes, put in two new restaurants, and a professional office building, as well as renovate an old church that is currently occupied by a dry cleaning business. (12/14)

3rd Quarter 2006

Canal Restoration – City officials are meeting to discuss possible uses for the old subway tunnel downtown. The canal was rerouted in the early 1900’s, for a subway line, but the subway has been shutdown since 1956. Rochester is the smallest city in America to ever build a subway, but now the city is preparing a study exploring the possibility of restoring the canal. (6/14) The city is preparing to spend $300,000 in federal funds to study the potential re-creation of the canal beginning this fall. A number of property owners along Broad and Main streets, where the canal bed would run, are intrigued and mostly positive about the possibility. Early estimates put completion of the project in the neighborhood of $200 million. (7/24)

Webster – Town officials are seeking an architect to design a new community center to go on part of the 32-acre town-owned parcel on Ebner Drive in Webster. A committee will gather community input, and construction should begin in about a year. (6/16)

Total Sports Experience – Gallina Development Corp. made a switch from its traditional business centers to a 115,000 square foot sports center with 40 acres of athletic fields. Last month TSE was upgraded with a 12,500 square foot addition, allowing for three additional tenants. TSE currently has a staff of 20, and hosts more than 200 soccer and lacrosse leagues. Gallina does not see any further expansion of the indoor facilities, but possibly more outdoor playing fields. (7/7)

Penfield – The new Eastside YMCA was almost 90 percent enclosed in July, with opening day just four months out. The 70,000 square foot facility will cost about $15 million and will include basketball hoops, track, climbing wall, wellness center, cardio equipment, free-weights, aerobic room, pool, whirlpool, playground, and other various features. Equipment is expected to begin arriving after Labor Day. (7/13)

Strong-National Museum of Play – After being closed for 6 weeks to undergo a $37 million upgrade, Strong Museum has reopened at double it’s size, making it the second-largest children’s museum in the nation. One prediction is that it will generate an additional $20 million in direct spending by visitors to the area. (7/14)

Farmington – The plans for Glacier Lakes Resort and Aquazonia Indoor Waterworld have shifted from Henrietta to Farmington. The $65 million project will require that the town rezone 86.5 acres southeast of Route 332 and County Road 41 to commercial and retail. Included in the proposal is a 70,000 square foot indoor water park, two hotels, a conference center, restaurant, fitness center, spa, arcade and gift shop. Construction should begin next spring. (7/26)

CityGate – Monroe County plans to sell about 18 acres of land off of Westfall Road to area developer, Anthony J. Costello and Son LLC. The land would be for a proposed $150 million development with a proposed mix of housing, stores, offices and community space called “CityGate”. The goal of the developer is to open parts of the project in 2008. (7/27)

Palmyra – The NY State Canal Corp. is working with the town of Palmyra on a project to provide additional dockage and services to boaters, as well as turn a canal-side wetland into a nature park. (8/3)

Bushnell’s Basin – A special town subcommittee is working on a $2.2 million plan to provide better access to and from the canal to the business district in Bushnell’s Basin. The current plan includes a pedestrian bridge, public docks, restrooms, as well as the possibility of a boat fueling station, crosswalks, and a small park. Officials are hoping to cover funding for the project through state and federal grant money. (8/3)

Irondequoit – Irondequoit Country Club, host of the PGA Nationwide Tour, has approved construction of a $7.8 million clubhouse. In September of 2007, the existing facility will be torn down, with the new building expected to be completed in the summer of 2008. The new 32,000 square foot clubhouse will include the pro shop, which is currently detached, a banquet room, indoor and outdoor dining facilities, cocktail lounge, fitness center, lounges, and locker rooms. (8/4)

College Town – Rochester Institute of Technology is working with developer Wilmorite Inc. on 60 acres of planned retail and housing development at the northeast corner of the campus. Construction should begin in September, with the first phase opening by fall 2007. The project calls for 80,000 square feet of retail including restaurants, clothing stores, banking services, possibly a Barnes & Noble, and enough housing for 900 people. Wilmorite Inc. will purchase the property, build, secure and manage tenants. (8/4)

Pittsford – The town received state grants in the amount of $400,000 to fund the purchase of 18 acres of waterfront property along the Erie Canal. The community is looking forward to seeing the land developed into an attraction that could build momentum for the whole Rochester region. (8/9)

Genesee River – The city and RG&E are working together on the construction of Genesee Riverway Trail to bridge Lower Falls Park on the west bank of the Genesee to St. Paul Street on the east bank. (8/9)

Spencerport – The Spencerport volunteer department fire station on Lyell Ave. was razed after being destroyed by a fire. Approval from taxpayers is needed to spend about $4 million for a new station. The district is looking to break ground in the spring and move in by fall. (8/15)

Brockport – Lakeside Health System has opened the newly renovated Lakeside Family Birthing Center. The birthing center is part of a $4.35 million expansion and renovation plan for the West Avenue campus taking place over the next five years. (8/15)

Greece – The Ridge Road Fire District is proposing a third station on Ridgeway Avenue. The 7,000 square foot facility would cost about $3.2 million, and would help accommodate development in the area. (8/17)

Greece – Park Ridge Hospital completed the final phase of a $27 million expansion. (8/31)

Brighton – Brighton Town Board officials have approved the renovation of the 19th century Buckland Farmhouse on Westfall Road. Dating back to the 1830’s, the structure was designated a historical landmark in 2003. The project to turn this building into a public meeting space and small seasonal museum will cost $376,000, and is being funded through the town, Rotary, and state grants. The project should be completed by next spring. (8/30)

2nd Quarter 2006

PAETEC Park – The Rochester Rhinos resumed work on a new downtown soccer stadium upon securing $4 million from the state Senate. The opening of PAETEC Park is set for June, and the team was seeking $15 million in aid from the Assembly, Senate and governor’s office. The Senate is currently committing the $4 million from undesignated capital funds in the current year’s budget. This funding will be toward a video scoreboard, press box and other amenities, such as a ribbon board. (3/17) The Brown Square neighborhood between downtown and northeast Rochester is hoping that the addition of a new soccer stadium will bring much needed revival to their neglected area. Documentation dating back to 1964, has reflected the area’s decline, but hopefully the new stadium will be an opportunity to turn that around. The state has designated $1 million for improvements to the neighborhood. (5/23)


Chili – PA company, Mantoan Associates, spent $2 million to acquire the Days Inn on Chili Ave., which they will rename Chili Hotel and invest another $1 million in renovations and additional staff. (3/22)

Greece – The Greece NY Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Inc. is looking to build a church on Vintage Lane. They will, however, need to submit a new plan to the Planning Board as this property was initially slated for housing. (4/13)

Seabreeze – The Irondequoit amusement park is getting upgrades to water rides this year, as well as a new water purification system in compliance with new state regulations. (4/19)

Victor – Victor Historical Society members approved a sale contract tentatively for the High Point Business Park project. The sale contract still needs approval from Tom Golisano, who holds the mortgage on the property, and from state officials, due to a state grant that set guidelines on how the property can be used. The main purpose of the sale was to make a lump sum payment to Golisano toward the mortgage. (4/23)

Rochester Airport – The Days Hotel on Chili Ave. was recently sold to Optimum Hotel Brokerage for $2.9 million. The 153-unit hotel will be repositioned as a Quality Inn. (4/25)

Palmyra – A new park called, Canalside Nature Park, will be added on more than 15 acres between Division Street and Route 21 bridges in Palmyra. The village has hired Clough Harbour and Associates to create the plan, and the first phase of funding has been obtained through the State Senate. (4/26)

Penfield – The Planning Board has approved a 7,662 square foot child care center on Five Mile Line Road. The decision was being challenged by a local neighborhood association, but has been upheld in state Supreme Court. (5/25)

Brighton – Renovation plans for the Buckland Farmhouse on Westfall Road have been revised to fit within the budget of $385,000. Funding is being contributed to through the sale of commemorative bricks, which will be placed around the flag pole and along a walkway. (6/7)

Henrietta – Heritage Christian Services is building a 20,800 square foot community center in Henrietta. The Pieters Family Life Center will include an aquatic therapy pool, adaptive kitchen, café, a multi-purpose gymnasium, and chapel for use by HCS and also members of the community. (6/7)

Parma – Residents of Parma are concerned over the possibility that 121 acres of open property on Parma Center Road will be turned into a soccer complex for the Greece Cobras youth soccer club. The property was given to the club, and the proposal will be to build the largest soccer complex in Monroe County. (6/8)


Brooks Landing – Construction along Genesee River, across from the U of R campus will begin in the next few weeks, after 20 years of planning. The project consists of a four-story hotel, a restaurant, boat dock, office and retail complex and coffee shop/café. The operation will be handled by Sector 4 Community Development Corp. and the expectation is high that this new additional will revitalize the southwest Rochester area. (6/12)

1st Quarter 2006

Brighton – A local church is moving ahead with multi-million dollar plans to develop 46 acres on the corner of Westfall and Winton Roads with a four-phase project. The first phase would include an 82,000 square-foot school, parking and an access road. Phase 2 involves building a 3,500 seat sanctuary. Phase 3 and 4 will involve another parcel which is under dispute with the Town of Brighton. Brighton would like the adjacent 66 acres to become part of Buckland Park and acquire the land by eminent domain. The church plans to build senior housing, a youth center and sports fields on the same premises. The Town and church are currently in court over the 66 acres. (2/15)

Canandaigua – Sonnenberg Gardens was officially purchased by the State of New York with a $3.2 million check. The 119 year old mansion and gardens will be able to pay off its $1.3 million debt and keep a trust fund of $1.9 million for any restorations to the structures of the estate. The tourist attraction will operate as it was with local volunteers and staff running every day business. (3/13)

Charlotte – A planning consultant presented 150 local residents with 3 concepts for developing the Port of Rochester during a public presentation. Each concept showed a mix of housing, retail, marinas and hotel. Investment in the project could be at least $175 million and take over 15 years. The target area consists of 30 acres surrounding the ferry terminal on Lake Avenue. A market study showed the area could support up to 850 new housing units, 60,000 square feet of retail space and 150 boat slips. A final plan is not expected until May or June. (2/24)

Fairport – Owners of the old American Can Co. on Parce Avenue have proposed a $2 or $3 million renovation of the 320,000 square foot building into mixed-use space for artists and small businesses. So far, improvements have been made to the building facade and 2-acres of the property back-topped for parking. The next phase will be to create 30 residential lofts and retail space. (2/16)

Henrietta - The Belfry Golf Course has a new owner and a promising housing development that could finally get the golf course up and running. In October, the golf course was sold to a California investor for 1.8 million, which included the parcels where the houses are to be built. The Town Board rezoned the land that will allow up to 235 single-family homes. The new owner will redesign the golf course for the homes to be located near four holes and expects the course to be open by summer. (12/16)

South Bristol - A group of neighbors have formed the Richard M. Morse Conservation Club and have purchased 64 acres of land on Seneca Point, located on the west side of Canandaigua Lake. The club has also signed an agreement with the Finger Lakes Land Trust to preserve the land through a conservation easement. The 64 acres include one of the largest gullies on the lake, as well as woods and acres of field. Mr. Morse had lived most his life on Seneca Point in his great-great grandfather’s house. (1/5)

4th Quarter 2005

Bloomfield - Demolition has begun on portions of the former Agway building after years of sitting idle. The former grain elevator was built in the early 1900's and closed in 1997 after Agway went bankrupt. A portion of the grain elevator and building may be saved for renovation and preservation. The building would be used for residential and commercial purposes. The village has offered to purchase 1.2 acres of the 4.8 acre lot that would become part of the Main Street vitalization project. (12/8)

Brighton - The U of R is looking to have the town rezone 200 acres between East River and Crittenden Roads from residential to institutional for future expansion. The property is part of the master plan for the college and could be used in the next 20 to 25 years. Currently, the land consists of woods and wetlands, and also includes student housing and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Local residents are concerned about what the college would build on the property, but are also concerned about traffic, drainage and density. Currently, the U of R has no plans to develop or build on the property. (12/14)

Canandaigua - The Roseland Waterpark experienced its best year thanks to a hot summer. Attendance numbers were not released, but were said to be substantially higher than the last two wet summers. The water park was bought in 2003 for a fraction of its original price of $17 million. Special events and local publicity help boost attendance. A wakeboard competition is being planned for next summer at Roseland on Muar Lake. (10/14)

Canandaigua - Gov. Pataki was on hand to deliver $10 million in state money for the Infotonics Technology Center which will be used to invest in new equipment that will help expand its silicon wafer packaging. The total amount of monies committed to the research facility has now reached more than $150 million. Companies working at the facility are researching developments such as a pill-sized camera for internal medicine; devices to analyze DNA more quickly, which could all lead to the creation of more than 5,000 jobs. (11/1)

Canandaigua - Newly elected officials to the Town Board have halted the $3.8 million airport expansion project on Thomas Road until their first 2006 meeting. In a letter to the Town Board, the new members asserted that the Town Planning Board be involved in the key decision on closing a portion Thomas Road. Federal funding for the expansion will not be granted unless the town signs off on closing Thomas Road to extend the existing runway from 2300 feet to 5,500 feet. (12/13)

Geneva - The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park officially opened the first phase of its 72 acre "Technology Farm." A $9 million building will house 5 tenants, including 4 startup companies and one federal research agency. The 72 acres has 9 acres of developable land which could contain 5 to 6 additional buildings. Companies have been encouraged to take advantage of the laboratory facilities and to utilize the expertise of the Agricultural Experiment Station. Politicians hope the park will generate jobs and retain graduating college students. (11/17)

Greece - Two acres at the corner of Latta and Flynn Roads is the proposed site of a Hess gas station, but will first need rezoning from the Town Board. The property was zoned commercial last year, but was changed to single-family residential. Developers need the property zoning changed to restricted business by the Town Board in order to receive any plan approvals. The Town's Planning Board has all ready recommended against the change in zoning. More than 100 local residents signed a petition opposing the gas station which was submitted to the Town Board. (11/17)

Greece - The former Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant at 300 Paddy Creek Circle, will become the area's second Distillery sports bar. Modifications to the building will include moving the entrance, an outdoor patio and the 7,200 square foot interior of the building will reflect its sports theme. Area neighbors at the Town Board meeting raised concerns over noise, increased traffic and were assured that the new restaurant would be a first class operation. (12/1)

Henrietta - An $8 million renovation is winding down as The Double Tree Hotel at 111 Jefferson Road opens its doors with a new name, carpeting, furniture, drapes and bedding, a revamped lounge and restaurant, while the swimming pool received a face-lift. The hotel expects the renovations to increase its revenues from overnight stays and food service. The changes are also designed to give a more upscale feel, which will also attract more business. The Rochester hotel market caters to the corporate traveler during the week and the leisure traveler on the weekends. (10/28)

Honeoye - The infamous Wizard of Clay has decided to expand their operations by moving down the road and have put their geo-dome property up for sale. The 13-acre parcel includes 7 geo-dome buildings which house the retail area, workshops, warehouse and a recording studio. The property also includes a five acre nature trail. The company, which began in 1979, employs up to 14 people and uses more than 100,000 pounds of clay each year. The Wizard of Clay built the domes to draw business and estimate that 50,000 people visit each year. (10/28)

Naples - Plans to build and open a Dollar General in the village of Naples have been scrapped by the company's owner. Dollar General started looking for a location in the town of Naples in the spring of 2004, but had met delays and public outcry. The village has since discussed a temporary ban on new construction in order to adopt design standards for new buildings. (12/12)

Rochester - A popular downtown bar and restaurant will close at the end of its lease on October 14th. Barrister's Pub & Meeting Place opened in 1993, but eventually, business dropped 40 to 50% after downtown firms moved from the city to the suburbs. Located across from the Monroe County Office building, the closing leaves a gap for dining in the downtown area. (9/28)

Rochester - The micro-brewery, Bru, located in the High Falls district will close its doors leaving one brew-pub left in the city. Bru is owned by the same family that once owned the Genesee Brewing Company, famous for Genny Cream Ale. Overhead and poor sales were the demise of the small beer making establishment. Owners hop that a new restaurant will take over the space. The Distillery on Mt. Hope Avenue is now the only micro-brewery in the city of Rochester. (10/6)

Rochester - The Strong Museum and Science Center is about 70% complete with its $33 million expansion which is expected to be completed by July, 2006. The expansion will double the museum's size to 280,000 square feet. A 40,000 square foot wing will connect to the original building with a 3-story, cooper colored aluminum tube referred to as the "Caterpillar Atrium" and have a variety of exhibits. A butterfly-shaped building adjacent to the addition will house Rochester's first butterfly conservatory. And yet another facility will be a large area of colored cubes facing Manhattan Square Park for play with a theater and kaleidoscope. The museum expects to double its attendance by 2007 with 680,000 visitors. (10/28)

Rochester - A groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new 5-story hotel and adjacent restaurant to be built near Genesee Street and Brooks Avenue. The 80-suite riverfront hotel is an $18 million project on the west bank of Genesee River and will also include retail and office space. A new waterfront promenade and boat access is also included in the plans. Completion of the hotel will be in 2006, with the restaurant being completed in 2007. (11/11)

Rochester - Paetec Park, the Rochester Rhino's soccer stadium, is waiting to see if they will receive an additional $15 million from the state to begin Phase 2 of its construction. Scheduled to begin soccer games on June 3rd, phase 2 includes luxury boxes, a press box, locker rooms, a video score board and additional bleachers. The stadium will open with a turf field, stadium lights, and seating for 12,500. Currently, Rochester Rhino's plays in the United Soccer League's First Division and hopes the stadium will help them move up to the Major League Soccer division. (11/26)

Rochester - Federal funds are being secured for the design and construction of a research and educational center dedicated to the Great Lakes. The facility will have research labs and classrooms with faculty from SUNY Brockport. Property located between the fast ferry and Charlotte Beach at 60 Clinton Street will eventually be the location of the research center. An aquarium is also part of the design and be open to the public as an added attraction. The total project will cost upwards of $7 million. (12/1)

Webster - The last remaining privately owned parcel on Irondequoit Bay is for sale for just $5 million. The former Glen Edith Restaurant sits on 20 acres with 500 feet of waterfront and also includes 2 homes and many outbuildings. The restaurant opened in 1953 and closed in 1996 after the death of one of its owners. Property rolls have the property zoned for medium to high density use and is assessed for $1.45 million. The owners have specifically asked that the property be used for residential development. (12/2)

3rd Quarter 2005

Darien - Struggling with enormous debt, the board of Six-Flags Inc. has put itself up for auction with 93.1 million shares of stock outstanding. The amusement company has a long-term debt in the amount of $2.3 billion and a stock value of $7.26 on the NYSE, or $676 million in capital. Six-Flags is the 2nd largest theme-park operator in the world and owns Darien Lake in Genesee County along with 29 other parks nationwide. (8/26)

Henrietta - Facilities at Patrick Pontiac are expanding with a multi-million dollar expansion on West Henrietta Road. The 60,000 square foot facility will feature a 12,000 square foot showroom with a 24 x 24 foot skylight; 55 bays for service and collision; a detail center and a lot big enough to hold 1,000 cars. Patrick Pontiac was rated 6th by Rochester Business Journal and sold 3,500 cars in 2004 with $80 million in revenue. (6/24) Henrietta - The Town Board unanimously granted a special permit for the proposed waterpark and hotel to be built near Interstate 390 and Hylan Drive. The resort will be built on 18 acres and include a six-story hotel. The project is estimated to cost between $60 million to $70 million to build and could be completed by late 2007. (6/16)

Henrietta - The owners Holidome of Henrietta are spending $9 million to completely renovate the 20 year-old hotel and will rename it "Doubletree Hotel." The 250-room hotel on Jefferson Road at Interstate 390 will have each room refurbished, a new restaurant and ballroom, and new meeting rooms. The agreement with Holiday Inn expires in mid-September and will switch to Doubletree, a brand of Hilton Hotels. (7/19)

Henrietta - After announcing plans to hire Nicklaus Design for development and course improvements; and a name change, Belfry International is back to square one. The estate of the original owner has taken back ownership as Cypress Investment Corp. backed out of the project after other investors balked at new plans. The new plan was to acquire an additional 130 acres adjacent to the golf course to build hundreds of single-family homes. Cost of the project, which would include a new clubhouse and improved greens, are estimated to be $10 million. Currently, the golf course is open for limited play. (8/10)

Manchester - Last year, plans were to demolish the former Red Jacket school and build a retail complex. After a year of removing the asbestos, plans have been reconsidered and the 3-story brick building will become part of a retail complex with a 20th century railroad theme. Originally, the plans were to tear down the building and build a 60,000 square foot complex. The school was built in 1915, and has been vacant for some time. (8/21)

Mendon - Opposition of the neighborhood tennis club has not waned since being dismissed in State Supreme Court last December. The Tennis Heaven Swim and Tennis club on Topspin Drive was found to be in accordance with zoning, but the Mendon Ponds Neighborhood Association filed a notice of appeal. The Association believes the club does not meet zoning criteria and is detrimental to a local nature preserve. The tennis club currently has 350 members and operates year round. (6/13)

Ogden - The Arrowhead Golf Course located along the Erie Canal was sold for close to $1.4 million. The 18-hole public golf course is hoping to attract business from travelers on the canal the new owners are involved in the statewide development and marketing of the 524-mile canal. Plans include increasing membership, additional dock space, a clubhouse and keeping the facility open year round. (8/26)

Pittsford - After 1 ˝ years of construction, the $9 million, 30,000 square foot library will be having a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 17th. Visitors will find meeting rooms, a periodical room, a learning center and a young adult area. The children's area has a stone archway entry with a craft area and a secret door and a playful wall mural. Comfortable seating is scattered throughout the library, including a reading area with a gas fireplace. The old library was torn down in the spring of 2004 and relocated temporarily to space on Monroe Avenue. (8/31)

Naples - The Finger Lakes Land Trust is raising $150,000 to buy and preserve a 26 acre parcel off of a residential street. Grimes Glen has been a hikers destination for years and may now become part of the public park system of Ontario County. The property is a mile deep glen including a creek with two waterfalls and a wading pool used by residents since the 19th century. In 1882, the world's oldest fossilized tree was found in Grimes Glen. The fossil was 18 feet in diameter at approximately 350 million years old. The tree is now housed in the NYS Museum in Albany. (7/6)

Rochester - The oldest buildings in Monroe County has been sold for an undisclosed amount to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The property known as the Old Stone Warehouse at 1 Mount Hope Avenue was built in the 1820's as a wheat mill and stood vacant for many years. After a total rehab, the building now houses offices for several businesses. Although no purchase price was made public, ABVI will assume two mortgages totaling $1.2 million. (8/5)

Rochester - Del Monte Corp. has transferred $12 million of land to Monroe No. 1 BOCES in a 20-year lease and purchase plan. Various properties have been conveyed to BOCES which will allow them to ease space limitations at their administrative and academic sites. BOCES provides vocational education to 10 east-side school districts. In 2001, Del Monte donated their Marriott Thruway Hotel to RIT, valued at $14 million. (8/26)

Sodus - A local developer has agreed to purchase the former Myers Community Hospital from ViaHealth for an undisclosed amount. Plans include renovating the property into an 80-apartment assisted living and senior facility. Tenants could move in by the end of 2006. The developer hopes to be able to acquire additional property surrounding the site to expand their project. The former hospital closed in 2003 after ViaHealth consolidated operations. (8/5)

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Brighton - The University of Rochester has asked the Town Board to change the zoning of 200 acres off of East River Road from residential to institutional property. The College has not specifically what would be built or when. An environmental impact study would need to be conducted before any decisions are made. (3/30)

Canandaigua - The Lakeshore House and its 3.5 acres have been sold to a local business man. The property sold for $1.2 million. No plans for the restaurant or land have been made. Another parcel on Lakeshore Drive is also near closing. An offer was excepted on the 5.5 acre parcel for $1.7 million. The property owner had intended to build a six-story condominium building, but the plan did not get past City officials. (5/3)

Canandaigua - The same business man that bought the former Lakeshore House has purchased another parcel on Lakeshore Drive for $1.25 million. The 5.5 acre parcel sold a little over a year ago to the seller for $850,000. The acquisition now has the new owner owning 12 to 15 acres on Lakeshore Drive. No plans have been made public as of yet. (5/15)

Greece - Bids for construction of the town's $5.2 million Community Center were being accepted that could have the project completed by the end of the year. The 35,000 square-foot facility will boast a 7,800 square foot gymnasium with a second floor mezzanine walking track, and locker rooms for adults and families. A senior citizen's lounge, conference rooms and the town's Human Services Department will all be part of the project. (3/24)

Henrietta - The Monroe County Fairgrounds and Recreation Association has a new master plan that will upgrade and enhance the facility in 3 phases. Phase one will include renovations to existing buildings, upgrades to heating and air conditioning, and paving of roadways. Construction will begin this year. Phase two will involve a grandstand and an outdoor track. Phase three will be the most ambitious phase with a $12 million capital campaign to build a 30,000 square foot exhibition hall. The new hall would include a covered horse arena and host equine shows and motor-sports events. (3/23)

Henrietta - After announcing serious financial difficulties the Belfrey International Golf Course will open the front nine holes in June, with the entire course to be open in July. Rain, the economy and a developer's death had kept the course behind schedule. Another developer has invested in the project making it possible for the course to open. The Belfry course is the first U.S. course designed by English architect David Thomas and the first public 18-hole golf course in Henrietta. (4/27)

Henrietta - Two business men have proposed building an 85,000 square foot, indoor water park with a 300 room, six-story hotel. The 18-acre park would be a $60 to $70 million project close to Interstate 390. Building could begin by the end of the year, with completion by late 2007. (6/3)

Penfield - The historic Daisy Flour Mill restaurant has been sold to a local catering firm for $700,000. Gatherings of Churchville will renovate the Daisy Flour Mill into a banquet hall and wedding center. The new owners are investing $300,000 in renovations, including a new deck off the ballroom for weddings. (5/6)

Pittsford - St. John Fisher College has purchased 3 parcels on East Avenue for $3 million. Most of the 14 acres is undeveloped and is located adjacent the college's golf course. The college first acquired 70 acres in the late 1940's and has grown to 140 acres today. There are no plans to develop the newly acquired property. (4/22)

Rochester - A bill before the State Senate passed legislation that would rename part of I-490 the Erie Canal Expressway. The bill is now pending in the Assembly's transportation committee. Passage in both houses would officially change the highway's name and provide new signs. (3/16)

Rochester - Proposals are being taken by the City for the renovations to a parcel located at 250 South Avenue. The property includes a mixed-use, 3-story building and is part of the South Ave. Revitalization near the I-490 ramp. The project is estimated to cost $1.85 million. (4/8)

Rochester - Construction began on the $37 million bridge which spans the Genesee River near downtown. The 8-lane bridge was reduced to two-lane traffic in each direction, ramps were closed and detours were put in place as the project gets underway. About 100,000 motorists use the bridge daily. This year, a portion of the bridge will be demolished and three 70-foot arches will be installed. (3/24)

Rochester - An abandoned railroad bed consisting of 19 acres is being purchased by the City for $1.58 million. The railway runs from Seneca Park and into the High Falls district. The railway is 2.4 miles long and will be converted into a recreational trail. The City has been trying to purchase the property from CSX since 2000. (5/3)

Rochester - People traveling from the Greater Rochester Airport increased 7% from the same time last year. There were 128,325 travelers in April, 2005, and a total of 477,526 for the year, up 12%, from last year. (5/24)

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1st Quarter 2005

Churchville - Village officials have two business plans to contemplate that include a used car lot on Main Street, and a senior housing apartment complex . The car dealership needs a variance to work out of a trailer, instead of a required permanent structure. The 33-unit apartment building will be a two-story, L-shaped structure on 2 ˝ acres. The apartments will all be one-bedroom units. A public hearing will be held for each plan. (1/30)

Farmington - Town officials are considering a moratorium on mini-storage facilities until 2006. The moratorium would block any building applications brought before the Town Board. Currently, Farmington has 3 self-storage locations with a total of 324 storage units. The Planning Board granted approval recently to another self-storage facility with 188 units. Each unit of a storage facility is required to be inspected by the code enforcement office. More facilities in town would require additional staff and be an additional cost to taxpayers. (3/20)

Farmington - A local developer has proposed to build a 60-room hotel on Route 96 near the race track & racino and the Infotonics Technology Center. The builder is also hoping to attract travelers from the NYS Thruway. Infotonics is planning two national conferences and has 7 startup companies moving into the site in the next few years. Construction could have the building ready by the spring of 2006. (3/4)

Fishers - Construction is expected to begin on a 105-room Holiday Inn Express in the hamlet of Fishers. The two story building will be located on a 5-acre parcel just off of NYS Route 96, next to Chili's Grill & Bar. Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers is also planning to build at the corner of Main Street Fishers and Route 96 with additional retail space. (1/7)

Gates - Buckeye Pipe Line Co. signed a stipulation agreement with the DEC for a long term clean-up plan for the gas spill back in mid-December. It is estimated that nearly 30,000 gallons of fuel spilled from a broken underground delivery pipe 200 feet from the Erie Canal. About 20,000 gallons of fuel has been recovered. Cleanup will resume in the spring. (12/23)

Gates - The owner of Rochester Technology Park donated 24 acres near Elmgrove and Buffalo roads to the Town for park land. The donated parcel will be used for trails and park shelters and includes a stocked pond. Although no money changed hands, the donated value of the property was $2 million. Rochester Technology Park has gone through an extensive update of its 5 million square-foot complex. Over 30,000 trees and shrubs were planted, every building was painted and 22 miles of roadways were paved. Two new, blue and yellow, 50-foot lighted clocks will be added toward the end of March. Currently, the park has 23 tenants. (2/10)

Geneva - Construction has begun on the first building inside the Cornell Agriculture & Food Tech Park. The 20,000 square foot flex building will be available for start-up companies that could benefit from research being done at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station next door. The flex-space will provide space for a number of businesses and is expected to create 80 jobs. When fully complete, the tech park could lead to 1000 new jobs and 375,000 square feet of research development. (12/31)

Geneva - Finger Lakes Health is building a $6.1 million Ambulatory Surgery Center which will open next fall. The 16,400 square foot facility will include three operating rooms, two endoscopy rooms and a procedure room. Doctors will be able to perform elective-surgeries on an out-patient basis with minimal interference. Hospital's are often affected by emergency surgeries requiring an operating room. (12/24)

Henrietta - A deal has been signed between Wegman's Food Markets and Monroe County Fair and Recreation Assoc. to buy the Dome Center property on Calkins Road. The land has long been sought after by Wegmans to build a superstore/plaza on its 30 acres. As of yet, the property is not zoned commercial, but Wegman's hopes to change that. The proposal includes a 130,000 square-foot supermarket with room for other developments. No purchase price has been made public. ( 12/22)

Henrietta - Heritage Christian Services has secured $3 million to build a Life Center on 16 acres at 1600 East Henrietta Road. The 8,000 square-foot building will house a fitness room with adaptive equipment, physical, occupational, speech and therapy rooms, gymnasium, a therapy pool, walking track and chapel. Construction could begin this fall. (2/4)

Henrietta - A few weeks after of announcing their grand opening, Belfry International Golf Course told its investors that they were deep in debt and need additional financing to open. Originally scheduled to open in 2002, the golf course problems include: Belfry's founder died unexpectantly, a poor economy and record rains delaying construction. Investors were asked for an additional $600,000 to finish necessary projects to get the golf course to open by this spring. (3/9)

Lyons - One of the country's oldest movie theaters will open this spring after receiving a $500,000 renovation. The Ohmann Theater was built in 1915 by the owner's grandfather, but had been sitting empty for the last 12 years. The 700 seat theater will serve as a performing arts center and events could include motion pictures and plays. (1/7)

Rochester - Seneca Park Zoo will finally have its expansion as Monroe County officials announced a $4 million plan to increase the elephant exhibit six-fold. The elephant exhibit will be located on 8 acres and include a larger viewing area, a 10,000 square foot shed and an open-air yard 4 times larger than its current facility. Zoo resident, Genny C, one of the two elephants female, is expecting to delivery the zoo's first baby elephant in March, 2006. The new expansion will allow the zoo to keep the elephants at the zoo. (12/23)

Rochester - Highland Hospital wants to spend $2.2 million to open a new outpatient Bariatric Center, for the weight-loss surgery which includes gastric bypass. Being Rochester's smallest hospital, Highland performed 600 gastric bypasses in 2004, more than any area hospital. The new Center will double in size and include more examination rooms, larger beds and larger waiting room. Staff would increase from 8 to 14 and could better handle the 7,000 to 8,000 patients in its program. (2/10)

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Bloomfield - An application for a demolition permit has been submitted by Agway to tear down its six-story grain elevator located at in the heart of the village. The facility has been abandoned since 1997 and is more than 100 years old. Agway recently rejected two bids to purchase the property even though the company has filed bankruptcy. Both bids were for close to $80,000. (10/4)

Brighton - Work has been completed on the Lehigh Valley Multi-Use Trail Project between Brighton and Henrietta. The $1.4 million project converted the old railroad bed into a gravel trail that can be used by walkers, runners and bicyclists. The expanded trail will provide a connection to a trail that continues to the Erie Canal Trail. (11/10)

Canandaigua - In a historical visit to Sonnenberg Gardens, Governor George Pataki announced that the state would be buying the financially troubled grounds and mansion and designate it a State Historical Park. Gov. Pataki said the state plans to pay a fair appraised price for the 52-acre site, including its 10 gardens, mansion and greenhouse. Operating costs will be raised through admissions, memberships, donations and profits of the gift and wine shops. The park will be managed by the existing staff and hundreds of volunteers. Sonnenberg had faced foreclosure for a couple of years when its manager was convicted of stealing almost $500,000. (10/21)

Canandaigua - The Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center will be renovated and renamed for the first time in 21 years. A $10 million renovation and upgrade will expand the stage and backstage areas, and seating under the shell will increase to 4,500. Constellation Brands has donated the first $1 million to the project. Constellation founder, Marvin Sands, was one of the Shell's founders in 1983. The FLPAC will be renamed Constellation Brands-Sands Performing Arts Center. Renovations are expected to begin in September, 2005. (11/18)

Chili - A $7 million golf club is scheduled to open this spring with an 18-hole course and an Adirondack-style club house. Mill Creek Golf Club is located at 570 Hosmer Road and is situate on top of a 700 foot drumlin, the highest point in Monroe County. The golf course is located on 320 acres whereas a normal course is usually 150 acres. A two story Adirondack-style club house will have 5,400 square feet on each floor with a pro shop, locker rooms, restaurant and bar. ( 9/24)

Fairport - The Village Board gave approval for the plans to improve the Columbus Commons on Lift Bridge Lane. The property is now a vacant lot across from an abandoned box factory. Plans include a pavilion, benches and landscaping. Costs for the improvements have not been determined . (11/11)

Fairport - A $50,000 study commissioned by the Village has been completed. The "North West Bank Development Study" concerns the use of a 2.8-acre parcel between the railroad and the canal on the west side of Main Street. The study recommended a mixed-use including residential, lodging, restaurants and crafts retail. The future facilities could include 20 condo units, 15 over-night accommodation units and flex-space which would include restaurant and retail. (9/16)

Gates - YMCA of Greater Rochester opened their newest YMCA in Gates and is the agency's first brand-new facility in the area in 20 years. The $8.5 million YMCA is located on Elmgrove Road and features a 4-land pool, a community room with computers, wide-screen television and fireplace; an aerobics room and fitness center with various locker rooms. The Gates YMCA employs 150 and expects to have more than 300 employees by the end of the year. (10/18)

Geneva - The city of Geneva is experiencing two downtown developments totaling $13 million. Two blocks of deteriorated, vacant buildings were demolished at Lake and Exchange Streets to make way for a $5 million, 55-bed Hampton Inn. The hotel should open this summer. The project also includes a new bus station and taxi service. Also, the Lyons National Bank is building a 5,600 square foot branch with 7,200 square feet of adjoining retail space on Seneca Street. The project will cost $3.7 million and should be open by May 1st. (11/12)

Gorham - Owners of an ultralight aircraft dealership in Massachusetts asked the Town Board for a change in zoning for a landing strip located on Lake to Lake Road. The Board directed the request to the Planning Board for a special use permit so the property can be converted into an aeropark for ultralight planes. The proposed aeropark would also provide sales and service facilities of ultralight planes, including powered parachutes. (9/19)

Henderson - The property formerly owned by the head of Genesee Brewing Co., Robert Wehle, overlooking Lake Ontario's Henderson Bay has been accepted into the State's park system. The 1,067 acre park is located on Lake Ontario's Stony Point and includes 80-foot tall limestone cliffs, meadows, woods and wetlands. Robert Wehl was an avid outdoorsman, artist and dog-breeder. The State bought the property from his estate for $2.8 million and the Wehle family set up a $6 million endowment to pay for park improvements. (9/18)

Henrietta - A settlement has been made between the Town of Henrietta and First Niagara Bank over the payment of a letter of credit regarding the defunct Autumn Woods senior housing project. In the agreement, First Niagara Bank has one year to find a developer to finish the partially completed building on Lehigh Station Road. Autumn Woods was started two years ago as a 64 unit, 78,000 square foot senior living complex. Work on the project stopped more than a year ago after the builder experienced money problems. (9/29)

Henrietta - Tower Investments of Woodland, California, has bought Kodak's Riverwood campus in Henrietta for $3.5 million. The sales price includes a 381,000-square-foot building and 150 acres. Tower owns properties in California, New York, Georgia, Nevada, Tennessee and Canada, including 120,000 acres of cattle ranches in the U.S. and Canada. (12/9)

Palmyra - Construction will soon begin on the Palmyra Inn on Route 21, south of the village. The 59-room hotel is being built by a Utah developer and will market the hotel to tourist visiting historical sites of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The inn will also offer spring and fall college classes to begin in August 2005. (9/22)

Pittsford - The town is in the process or purchasing 12.25 acres of land near Monroe Avenue and the Erie Canal in the hopes of developing a park. Two adjacent parcels are all ready owned by the Town which would be added to the park. The Village of Pittsford owns 11 acres next to all three parcels and has expressed interest in adding their property to the park also. The combined properties would produce a 32-acre park. Town officials have recommended that a community center be built within the park. (12/6)

Rochester - Two purchase orders were submitted to the Rochester Psychiatric Center on Elmwood Avenue. The Al Sigl center put in an offer of $456,000 for 15 acres that front South Avenue. S.N. Phelps & Co. of Greenwich, CT submitted an offer of $750,000 for the 15-story hospital and surrounding 27 acres. The bids need to be approved by the Empire State Development Corp. which conduct the bidding. (10/2)

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3rd Quarter 2004

Bloomfield -The abandoned Agway plant in the middle of town is in the process of bankruptcy proceedings and a bidding war. Two interested parties have submitted bids to the bankruptcy court for the property located in the heart of the village. The grain elevator and farm store has been empty since its closing a number of years ago. The village was interested in purchase the property last year for a new Village Hall, but the deal fell through. (7/30)

Canandaigua - The sale of Roseland Waterpark is almost complete. Troser Recreation Properties LLC must purchase the park's non-real estate assets in the last step of foreclosure proceedings. Troser has all ready paid $400,000 for the land and buildings, a fraction of the $17 million it cost to build in 2000. The waterpark was almost sold for scrap last year as its owner, Paradise Waterparks, could not meet its debt load. The sale of the non-real estate assets, such as paddle boats, lounge chairs, computers, and equipment, will take place some time in August. (7/19)

Canandaigua - The Kellogg's Pan Tree Inn and Restaurant on Lakeshore Drive sold for $850,000 to a local restaurateur from Macedon. The 2.7 acre parcel has been in the Kellogg family for 3 generations as a seasonal business which began in 1927. The new owner will open "Miceli's Lake View Villa" on New Year's Eve offering steak, seafood and barbeque along with a full bar. Breakfast will be served on weekends and Kelloggs famous sticky buns will stay on the menu. (7/27 & 8/19)

Canandaigua - The planners of the Canandaigua Airport hosted a final public-information workshop regarding the airport expansion at the hangar on Brickyard Road. Nearly 30 people attended the meeting concerned about flight patterns and air traffic. Back in February, the proposal had attracted more than 100 people at a meeting who expressed opinions for and against the idea. Still in the planning stages, the project may break ground in 2007. (728)

Canandaigua - The Finger Lakes Community College has leased space from the VA Medical Center for their EMS training program. The new space will provide 5 classrooms, meeting rooms, along with office space for FLCC staff and the Finger Lakes Regional EMS Council. The VA has 118,000 square feet of vacant space which was cited as one of the reasons for closing last year. FLCC will lease approximately 18,000 square feet which would have otherwise been vacant. (7/16) The lease agreement has been canceled by the VA Secretary. (7/22) Veterans Affairs Secretary, Anthony Principi, has since changed his mind and will allow the college to lease space for its EMS program. The secretary reconsidered the lease and felt obligated to let the lease go forward. (8/19)

Greece - Ground should be broken by the end of the summer for a $2.6 million hotel and restaurant on Edgemere Drive. The 27,000 square foot building will include 38 rooms and spa and will create 43 new jobs. (7/23)

Honeoye - The former site of J&S Conveyors on East Main Street was found to be contaminated by the DEC. The manufacturer of steel-belted conveyors from 1981 to 1997, J&S abandoned the property and the state discovered drums containing hazardous paint solvents. The drums had leaked and soil near the facility was found to contain traces of xylene and toluene and paint chips containing lead. The new owner of the property, Clean Air Design, has agreed to pay for the cleanup and will develop or use the property. (7/16)

Mendon - Even though a court decision is pending, owners of the Tennis Heaven Swim and Tennis Club decided to go ahead and open after 3 years of court battles with neighbors. People can play tennis on 8 newly surfaced hard courts and league programs are underway. The clubhouse is still under renovation and only a few clay courts are useable. The Mendon Ponds Neighborhood Association has said that the Zoning Board improperly issued a building permit for renovation after the property had been abandoned. The case is now before the State Supreme Court. (7/1)

Palmyra - Plans for a motel on Route 21 was given a preliminary site plan approval by town officials, but a few more specifications need to be met before moving forward. Utah-based Sky Properties is planning to build "Palmyra Inn" on a 9.5 acre parcel. Sky Properties also plans to offer between 18 to 24 college courses in the spring and fall at the motel. Construction could start as soon as this fall. (7/2)

Penfield - The proposed YMCA has been put on hold until a limited traffic study addressing the increased traffic concerns is complete. A conditional-use permit and site-plan approval has been requested for a 65,000 square foot YMCA facility situate on 52 acres on Route 250. A public hearing will follow once the study is complete. Five area business and a number of residents filed a lawsuit against the Planning Board and the YMCA in April over the legality of the conditional use permit. The suit was dismissed and the group has since submitted an appeal. (8/27)

Perinton - The Perinton Community Center opened its $5.8 million aquatics center, being one of three located in the State of New York. The new 22,036 square foot building features a 3,300 square foot lap pool, a whirlpool, a leisure pool with water slide and a water channel. The community center is open to everybody. Residents outside of Perinton will pay more to use the facility. Town officials recognized the need for a pool 5 years ago and were able to set aside funds to pay for the entire cost. Only two other community centers are located in New York State, one being in Skaneatlas and the other is located at the Rochester Institute of Technology. (9/8)

Rochester - An ambitious proposal to revitalize downtown was made public by Thomas C. Wilmot, chairman of Wilmorite. Wilmot is envisioning the Sibley Building become a 400 room hotel and Midtown Tower be replaced with a casino and arts center. The whole project would cost upwards of $500 million. As many as 1,300 workers would be employed and the casino could attract 10,000 to 18,000 people to downtown daily. The proposal is now being introduced to community groups and neighborhoods for input. (7/1)

Rochester - The Rochester Rhinos will finally begin construction on the new soccer stadium after 6 months of delays, revisions and new designs. Initially, the stadium would have been built mostly below ground, but studies of the soil stability and groundwater level forced changes in the design. Now, the stadium will rise 50 feet above the ground in a horseshoe shape, similar to Frontier Field. The new plans add $1.25 million to the stadiums $22 million price and should be ready for the 2005 season. (7/8)

Rochester - A developer has introduced plans to rehabilitate the west end of Monroe Avenue near the Innerloop and Marshall Street into the Wadsworth Square Historic Shopping District. The plan calls for renovating and rehabilitating a group of buildings in the area which will attract visitors from Strong Museum and the fast ferry. The developer, John A. Darcy Co., has spent several million buying and rehabilitating five buildings in the neighborhood and is currently renovating a building at 192 Monroe Ave. for office, retail & restaurant space. More projects are planned in the area, all with private investments. (7/28)

Sterling - The owners of the Sterling Renaissance Festival have put the property for sale on Ebay, the internet auction service. The venue celebrates the 16th century and consists of 233 acres and draws up to 100,000 visitors a year. The bids had reached the $1 million mark but had not met the reserve. (8/11)

Webster - Marine Dodge will be doubling their size in a $1.5 million expansion project. The dealership will expand from 10,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet. A body shop, 13-bay service area and remodeled showroom are all included in the expansion. The project should be completed by January, 2005. (6/29)

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Batavia - Batavia Downs Racetrack has been shut down for the entire 2004 season after reopening 2 years ago. Mounting debt and the inability to get Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) have been detrimental to the tracks survival. Western OTB bought the track in 1998 and invested $10million in renovations. Losses last year mounted to $4 million. Meanwhile, OTB struggled to secure a $7.7 million loan to install the VLT's. Officials at OTB are still trying to obtain other means of funding and could reopen in 2005. (5/28)

Canandaigua - U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, announced that the Canandaigua V.A. Hospital will remain open. Mr. Principi also announced that an outpatient clinic will be built in Canandaigua at a site to be determined by veterans and community leaders. A plan to move 50 psychiatric beds from the Canandaigua hospital will continue, but will be done over a period of time. With about 800 full-time employees, the V.A. serves a regional population of about 25,000 veterans and contributes about $30 million to the local economy. (5/7)

East Bloomfield - The town board has voted to allow the reopening of an airstrip on County Road 30. The airport will have its old asphalt runway removed and a grass runway will be installed. Only daylight landings and takeoffs will be allowed and expects between 1 to 5 flights per week. There will be no restrooms or aviation services available at the airstrip. A hangar will hold up to 5 planes with access roads plus parking areas. (3/28)

Greece - After years of negotiating, the Town of Greece is finalizing three land purchases of about 140 acres for green space. The Town authorized the purchase of 24.7 acres at 354 Island Cottage Road for $209,057 and 116 acres at 57 No. Greece Road for $855,563. In August, 2003, the Town approved the purchase of 37 acres off of Hogan Point Road for $525,000. The Town will pay for the parcels with money from the town's recreation trust fund and grants. Contributions to the fund are made by developers who will put in $1000 per lot developed in Greece. Town planners are negotiating to acquire several other undeveloped parcels. (4/1)

Greece - At a Town Board meeting, owners of Crescent Beach Hotel were able to introduce their plans for expansion to area residents and neighbors. Town officials approved a special use permit to open an inn and spa and also approved rezoning a .09 acre parcel to restricted business. Local residents support the plans, which include a reconfigured roadway, a 24,535 square foot, three story, 38-room hotel and added landscaping. Several homes will be demolished in order to construct the new facilities. The project is designed to attract tour groups and traffic from the fast ferry. (3/18; 4/22)

Greece - A 49,000 square foot expansion of the Park Ridge Hospital emergency room was approved by the Greece Planning Board. The four phase, $27 million project will triple the size of the emergency department. Construction will begin in July and should be completed by mid-2006. Park Ridge's emergency room was originally built to handle 25,000 patients annually and now treats about 38,000. The expanded department will be able to handle up to 45,000 annually. (5/7)

Henrietta - By September, an 18-hole, 7,000 yard upscale golf course is expected to open at 1233 Lehigh Station Road. The Belfry Golf Club was designed by a world-renowned golf course designer, Dave Thomas, of Britain. Thomas also designed the Belfry Golf Club in England which the Henrietta course is patterned after. This is Thomas' first golf course designed in the United States. Six holes are scheduled for private groups and investors by mid-July, and the remaining by September. The official opening will be in 2005. (5/21)

Hopewell - A revised plan was submitted to the Ontario County Board of Supervisors for approval of a new auditorium on the Finger Lakes Community College campus along with renovations to the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center. In the $18 million plan, the college would receive a much needed auditorium and classroom space and the shell would receive new lighting and sound system. Last year, a consultant recommended that the 21-year old shell be converted into a year round facility at a cost of $27 million. The Board of Supervisors did not approve that plan. (5/20)

Palmyra - Plans for a multi-million dollar hotel is in the hands of a Henrietta engineering firm for a project which has been in the works for 2 years. Sky Properties of Utah, has contracted with Corneles Engineering PC to design a preliminary plan for approval from the Town Board. The hotel is to be located on the west side of NYS Route 21 on an 8 ˝ acre plot. (3/28)

Perinton - The new owner of the Brookwood Inn on Route 96 will be spending about $2 million renovating the 17 year old hotel. Widewaters Hotel Management bought the hotel for $6.1 million in April from HHC LLC. All the rooms in the hotel will be renovated, along with the pool, workout area and meeting rooms. The hotel will cater mostly to the business traveler. (5/25)

Rochester/Toronto - The Canadian government has announced its intention to invest $2 million in a new first-class ferry terminal for Toronto. Another $2 million will be spent annually for customs at the new border crossing. Construction of a temporary terminal will begin in March to handle ferry passengers before the permanent facility is built. The permanent terminal is expect to cost more than $9.5 million. The 284 foot long ferry is capable of carrying 774 passengers and 238 cars. The first trip from Rochester to Toronto will be April 30th. (3/18)

Rochester - The City of Rochester plans to spend $5 million on renovation of the South Avenue Parking Garage. Sears Brown Group was hired by City Council to study the garage and design improvements. Construction could begin in 2005. The proposed improvements include structural repairs, improved lighting and elevators repairs. (3/19)

Rochester - Eastman School of Music has purchased the nearby Lincoln Building at East Avenue and Gibbs Street for an undisclosed amount. The building formerly housed the offices of the Rochester Broadway Theatre League Inc. and will be renovated for its community education division. In another project, a $5 million renovation will begin on the stage area of the Eastman Theatre in early summer. A custom-built shell will be added to the stage which will improve acoustics. The orchestra pit will be fitted with new mechanics and hydraulics. Lighting will be upgraded and more modern rigging will be added as part of the renovations. Work should be completed by October, as the theatre will be closed all summer. Phase 2 will enlarge the theatre lobby and box seats will be added, along with new bathrooms and elevators. (4/16)

Rochester - Construction will begin this fall at The University of Rochester on a $7.8 million expansion of its School of Nursing. The school will add 4 classrooms, an auditorium and seminar room. 10 faculty members will be added to the staff. The university has started a $13.3 million fundraising campaign to pay for the expansion. A Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship and monies for scholarships, renovations and community nursing programs will also be established. A nationwide shortage of nurses along with increasing demands for nursing education has prompted colleges to take on more students. At the U of R, nursing enrollment increased from 327 in 2001-02 to a projected 520 in the fall, 2004. (3/24)

Rochester - Buckingham Properties has purchased the Olde Rochesterville development on Water Street for $1.3 million and has begun $600,000 in upgrades. The property has been renamed Water Street Commons and plans are for restoration of the 65 apartment units, office space and a restaurant. The restoration will include upgrading hardwood floors, appliances, carpet and blinds. (4/16)

Rochester - The Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport was sold recently and has been renamed Park Plaza Rochester Airport. The new owner, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, will renovate the hotel with jacuzzi's and kitchens as well as exterior improvements. (6/4)

Rochester - Plans have been put on hold as the Rochester Rhinos wait for a geological report on how deep they will be able to dig to build their new stadium. The $22 million soccer stadium was to be built as far as 18 feet below ground. The delay will mostly affect the construction schedule but should be finished in time for the teams 2005 season, beginning in May. (6/9)

Victor/Farmington - The Board of Volunteers of the Victor-Farmington Ambulance plan to expand its facility by 1800 square feet and renovate its current building. The cost is estimated at $250,000. The original base was built in 1970 and expanded a little in the 1980's. About two-thirds of the money needed for the expansion has been raised by the ambulance corps. (3/28)

Webster - Residents passed a proposal in a vote to preserve 1,020 acres of open space located throughout the town. A similar proposal in April of 2002 for $22 million was rejected by voters. The new proposal is a $5.9 million acquisition of various properties throughout the town. The town received $1.77 million in county, state and federal farmland protection grants which will go toward the plan. The proposal will result in a $20-per-year tax increase for homes assessed for $135,000. (4/28)

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Batavia-- Development in the Greater Batavia area continued at a significant rate in 2003. There were 63 Economic Development projects and $33 million in capital investments by local businesses. Of that, 19 projects were within the City of Batavia and valued at more than $1 million. In addition to the downtown growth, the area experienced growth in other office, industrial and retail projects.

Brighton-- Plans for spending $10 million on renovations in two Brighton schools is waiting for a vote from the Board of Education. French Hill Road School and Council Rock School are the two schools on the agenda for the improvements. More classroom, cafeteria and gymnasium space is included in the expansion for each school. If the school board passes the plans in January, Brighton residents could vote on the proposed plans in March, 2004. Officials estimate the completion of the renovations would be by September, 2006. (1/21)

Brighton-- A new microbrewery and restaurant business will take residence in the old Jack Astor's location. Flour city Brewing Inc. will open in mid-April and will be able to serve 225 people and also contain a brewery and bottling plant. The restaurant will open with 8 of its own beer on tap. Flour City expects to employ between 75 and 100 full and part-time workers. (3/5)

Bushnells Basin-- Conditions were given to the fire department as it was given the go-ahead for a new station. The plan for the new building must have evergreen borders next to residential properties; no outdoor training; no subdividing property and must meet approval from planning board and the Historic Architecture Committee. A special-use permit has been granted for the station which will be located on about 5 acres on Kreag Road.

Canandaigua-- An offer was accepted by the owners of property located at 30 Lakeshore Drive across from Kershaw park. Although the selling price was not disclosed, the 5.5 acre parcel is assessed for $806,000. A trailer park is located on part of the property and a sizable lot is vacant. A group of business leaders and lakefront property owners are developing a plan for the lakefront. It is hoped that owners of lakeshore property will adopt the plan, which is due in April. (01/02)

Charlotte-- The city plans to invest $4.3 million on a project to rebuild and beautify a ˝ mile stretch along the riverfront in Charlotte. Along with the new ferry service, a promenade will be built along the water, renovating a vacate railroad station, replacing public docks and relocated a boat-launch. Just north of the new project, Canadian American Transportation Systems will start the ferry service between Rochester and Toronto. Officials hope the work is done in time for the 2005 boating season. (2/27)

Chili-- A championship disc golf course may be replaced by a parking lot for the Town to park its trucks. The 40 acre Chili Disc Golf Course on Scottsville-Chili Road was the site of the World Disc Golf Championship tournament in 1999. The Town Board has asked the Recreational Advisory Committee to investigate the pros and cons of operating the disc golf course. The world's first disc golf club was established in Rochester back in 1971. Rochester is home to 4 disc golf courses, more than any other area in the state. (3/10)

Farmington-- A restaurant was on the verge of foreclosure when it was sold to DeFelice Associates for $622,000.00 in late December. Sledgehammer's, located on the corner of Route 96 and Beaver Creek Road, was to be auctioned off on two occasions by the National Bank of Geneva. DeFelice was able to negotiate terms of sale with the owner and the bank, avoiding an auction.

Greece-- Greece's Park Ridge Hospital emergency department will receive $1.5 million from a NYS grant to help with their $27 million expansion. Set to begin construction in July, the expansion will offer emergency preparedness safeguards, decontamination facilities, negative pressure room as well as new offices, labs and operating rooms. The construction should be completed in 2006. When expanded, the emergency department will be able to handle 45,000 patients a year. (2/19)

Greece-- A campaign to raise $2 million will be its largest in more that 20 years for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. The YMCA plans to build a 48 acre day camp in north Greece at 251 and 261 North Greece Road. The camp could include a swim center, hiking trails and athletic fields. The facility would accommodate 500 to 600 children per week. Construction on the site could start this fall. (2/26)

Henrietta-- A new and expanded headquarters of the Henrietta Volunteer Ambulance will be a reality now that the money is in place. A $100,000 gift from the Henrietta Town Board and a matching state grant put the project over the top. The 11,000 square foot base is expected to cost $1.3 to $1.5 million. Currently, the ambulance is located at 280 Calkins Road and consists of a converted house with several additions. When it was built more than 20 years ago, the base was only intended to house 30 volunteers. Currently, there are 130 volunteers and paid staff members. (1/21)

Henrietta-- RIT has issued a request to develop "College Town," a small village situate on 80 acres would feature shopping, apartments and condominiums, art galleries, parks and trails. Christa Development Corp. will finance the project but has not disclosed the costs. The College Town is one of the many projects of an ongoing effort to make the 1,400 acre campus more appealing. Recently, a Albert Paley, 110 ton sculpture of bronze and stainless steel was completed for the college. The Gordon Field House and Activities Center will be finished this spring. The center is a 160,000 square foot facility that houses 8,500 seats and is the second largest venue in Rochester.

Henrietta-- Construction of RIT's Gordon Field House and Activities Center is almost finished. The $25 million, 155,000 square foot facility is the 2nd largest indoor space in Monroe County, next the Blue Cross Arena. The fieldhouse will have seating capacity for 8,000 for the 60,000 square foot indoor athletic field, which will also be available for concerts, graduation and other events open to the general public. The finished center will also include 17,000 square foot fitness center and an aquatics center. (3/10)

Italy-- Members of Italy Advocates are putting up strong opposition to a 2000 acre wind farm that will be located in both Yates and Steuben Counties. The project will include as many as 50 windmills. Advocates believe the windmills would be an eyesore, lower property taxes and create noise and light pollution. According the Global Winds Harvest of Albany, the 380 foot windmills, that have 120 foot blades, would cost $70 million to build. Town Board members was in favor of the project, but have decided to remain neutral as a result of community opposition. The project is currently being reviewed by the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority. A decision on whether to enact a moratorium on the development of power-generating enterprises has not been made yet. (2/13)

Mendon-- The proposed reopening of the former Mendon Ponds Tennis Club is back in court for the third time in 2 ˝ years. A group of neighbors is fighting the project and challenging the Mendon Zoning Board decision. The court action claimed that the Zoning Board acted arbitrarily and capriciously and want the decision thrown out. Lawyers for the neighbors maintain that under the town's current zoning law, the tennis facility is considered abandoned and can no longer operate legally. The attorney for the owners of the tennis club, and the Town Zoning Board contend that there was clearly no intent to abandon the property. A previous court action filed by the neighborhood association was thrown out of Supreme Court due to an improperly filed appeal. (1/21)

Penfield-- The owners of a Brighton restaurant bought the former Bounty Harbour Marina in July and are waiting approval of their $2.5 million plans. A proposed 8,000 square foot restaurant will be located on 3 acres, along with a boardwalk and updates to the existing marina. The owners are hoping to begin construction in March. The new restaurant will bring about 85 jobs and would be open all year long. (2/10)

Pittsford-- Building has started on a senior living facility located at the Highlands of Pittsford. The development of 15 acres will cost $8 million and is for the more active and independent senior citizen. The plan consists of 36 free-standing homes. The target market for the new homes is the sixty-plus Pittsford resident. The homes are designed to resemble mansions and historical homes in the village. So far, the concept has been successful as more than half the units have been sold. The Highlands of Pittsford was built in the early 1990's by Highland Hospital and then became part of Strong Health in 1998. The campus consists of 135 independent living apartments, 60 enriched-living apartments, 122-bed skilled nursing facility and adult day care. All the facilities located within Highlands is private pay, except for the skilled nursing facility.

Pittsford-- St. John Fisher College is seeking renewal and changes of its permits for the Growney Stadium. The college is asking the Pittsford Planning Board to ease restrictions that specify when a temporary event permit is needed. The college would like to see the restriction eliminated for all events that would have no lighting, amplified sound and less than 300 spectators. Currently, the restrictions have caused the college to turn down outside requests due to short notice. Additionally, the college would like to add a number of features to the stadium. Included in their plan is a viewing platform for alumni at the north end of the football field, as well as a concession stand. In another part of the campus, the college hopes to build a three story building to serve as student commons and housing. The new building would be approximately 80,000 square feet, with parking and a courtyard. Building could begin this spring with occupancy this fall of 2005. Area residents have come forward with concerns about the growth of the college. Their concern is that the college is becoming too big and adversely affecting the areas near the campus. (2/4)

Pittsford-- The town of Pittsford has reached an agreement to buy land next to Pittsford Community Library. Property at 22 State St. was bought by the town for $300,000 as well as 26 Main St., for $718,000. Both parcels have buildings that will be demolished. The $9 million library will be a new facility with 30,000 square feet, several conference rooms, a computer center, a children's library and café. A lease agreement for space at 3750 Monroe Avenue was approved by the Town Board for the temporary location of the library. (3/3 & 3/11)

Canandaigua-- A 200 page document detailing options for expanding the Canandaigua Airport is available to the public for review. The FAA recommends expanding the existing runway from 2300 feet to a 5,500 foot runway with a taxiway . This would increase jet traffic from one jet a month to almost 500 by the year 2007. A formal presentation of the FAA recommendations will take place in early February, as well as a question and answer session. More meetings will take place throughout the year to discuss the environmental impact. Drafts and updates will include the public's concerns in any documents presented to the FAA for final presentation and approval. There are about 23 factors that are studied for an environmental impact, including noise, waterways and wildlife.

Greece-- The Crescent Beach Restaurant, known for its weddings and lakeside dining, has applied for a special use permit to create Crescent Beach Inn and Spa. The $1.8 million project would demolish several structures and build a three-story inn and spa with 38 rooms. The new building will be attached to the existing restaurant and be similar in design. When completed, Crescent Beach will be the area's only hotel on Lake Ontario. (2/26)

Macedon-- A $4 million indoor track facility is in the process of being a reality and could break ground as early as April. A Newark developer wants to build a 67,000 square foot sports center and a 105,000 square foot indoor track on Route 31. The LaTray's Ultimate Goal Sports Center would have two indoor soccer fields, a fitness center, physical therapy, a café and locker room. The Wayne County Board of Supervisor's unanimously supports the project as well as the Planning Board. (1/30)

Penfield-- At a public hearing, local residents had both praise and criticism for the proposed building of a YMCA. A 65,000 square foot facility will be located on Route 250 and sit on 52 acres. Included in the plans are gym and pool facilities, fitness center, locker rooms, child-watch rooms and exercise studios, as well as administrative offices and multi-purpose rooms. President and CEO of the Greater Rochester YMCA, George Romell said the facility would produce a great deal of activities and create 25 full time jobs and about 300 part time jobs. Local business owners do not see this as a benefit. The YMCA would have a competitive advantage because it is exempt from property taxes. The YMCA has had to submit a request for a special use permit for the new building. The location of the property is zoned agricultural and residential which exclude certain types of buildings, including that of the proposed YMCA.

Rochester-- A ground-breaking ceremony was held to celebrate the start of a $22 million downtown soccer stadium. Rochester Rhinos owners and players, along with fans and politicians were in attendance to commemorate the historical moment. The stadium will house 12,500 permanent seats, 4,500 removable bleachers and is located about ˝ mile from Frontier Field where the Rhinos currently play. Completion date is not until September, 2004, and may only host a game or two during the soccer season. Named Pae-Tec Park, the stadium will also house the professional lacrosse team, Rochester Rattlers. High school and college sports, community events and concerts will also be invited to use the new facility. A $15 million state grant is now paying most of the construction costs. The hope is that the stadium will move the Rhinos into Major League Soccer, the sport's top league. (01/16)

Rochester-- To make way for the city's Brooks Landing Project, a longtime city business and the Neighborhood Empowerment Team office on Genesee Street will move across the street. The Jim Dalberth Sporting Goods Store will buy two city properties on Genesee Street and build an 8000 square foot building for both businesses. The sporting goods store has been on Geneses Street for 48 years and is being forced to move to make way for the $17.2 million project. The Brooks Landing Project includes an 80-room hotel, a 4,900 square foot restaurant, a public boardwalk and 25,000 square feet of office and commercial space. (2/24)

Rochester-- The Pulaski Library located on the corner of Hudson Avenue and Norton Street may be the site of the Group 14621 Technology Center. Currently the Group is in temporarily headquarters on St. Paul St. and would like to move into the library which has been vacant since 1994. The technology center offers several introductory computer classes and has served more than 100 residents. The library is in poor shape and would need $1 million to refurbish it. So far the Center has raised around $330,000, mostly from state grants. The 1932 Italian Renaissance building was named after a Polish Revolutionary War hero who sacrificed his life in the name of American Independence. There is hope to get the building on the national register of historical places and also house archive space for the Polish community. (01/06)

Rochester-- A huge downtown complex being called the Rochester Renaissance Center is taking shape. The plan would include building a bus terminal, a performing arts center and college campus for $150 million. Gov. George Pataki endorsed the plan in his State of the State address. Rochester is seeking $52 million in state aid. In recent years, the transportation authority has tried to get approval for building a bus terminal. Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton have since given their blessings and look forward to seeing additional details. Local developer Max Farash has donated to Monroe County four pieces of property that would be used to build the center. U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter has been the lone local opponent of the plan, siting cost and environmental issues. (01/09,20)

Rochester-- A new brewpub, Bru, has opened in the former Empire Brewing Co. at High Falls in the old Button Factor building. Empire had closed suddenly last September leaving a major vacancy after experiencing financial problems. Bru is the only brewpub in the city and one of a few in Monroe County.

Rochester-- The purchase of the Auditorium Theatre was made possible through a $1 million bridge loan from Renaissance Finance, which is related to the launching of the fast ferry. The loan will be paid back with a state grant, which will not be released until the state has a bill of sale for the theater. The Rochester Theatre League closed on the purchase of the Auditorium after a year long plan to buy and renovate the landmark. The renovation and upgrades were completed in September with new seats, bathrooms and sound system. This season, the league is presenting 5 large-scale musicals and 3 revivals. (3/2)

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Brighton-- 65-wooded acres have been bought by the Town of Brighton for $345,000 to be used for parkland. The property is located in West Brighton and will not be developed. The additional land is part of an $8 million Open Space Acquisition and Development Plan. The Town approved the plan in 2002 and has since purchase a 34 acre parcel which expanded Corbett's Glen Nature Park. Work is also underway on a 32 acre park on Westfall Road. The first phase of that project will include three baseball fields, three soccer fields, a playground, a concession stand and nature trails.

Brighton-- Construction of the Clay Road Extension will begin in November and should finish by December, 2004. Drivers will be able to drive over CSX railway tracks and the busy East and West Henrietta Roads with a new bridge included in the project. The bridge and highway will cost $2 million, and $1 million will be used to move utility lines.

Canandaigua-- The proposal for a 20 year plan of the Canandaigua Airport is on hold until next year. Meetings with planners and the public are on hold until the FAA has reviewed its comments and proposals regarding the changes. The changes include extending the current runway from 3,200 feet to 5,500 feet to accommodate incoming jets. The extension and expansion is expected to increase jet activity at the airport. The airport planners believe that the expansion is needed to keep up with the economic development in the county. Concerns over noise, traffic patterns and other issues will be addressed once the FAA has made recommendations.

Fairport-- The unveiling of the proposed streetscape plan was met with mixed feelings. Many village business owners favored the plan, while others were concerned about traffic and pedestrian problems during the construction. If approved, Faiport Mayor said the plan would probably be phased in over time because of the amount of work and the cost, which is estimated at more than $2 million.

Farmington-- $10.5 million is being spent on plans to build a gaming hall with more than 1000 slot machines at the Finger Lakes Race Track in Farmington. The "racino" will open February 11, 2004 with a 28,267 square-foot gaming hall, the first to be offered in the Rochester area. The expansion is expected to create 250 full time jobs and be a boost to area tourism. Other New York racetracks are following suit with Finger Lakes as they install similar amenities. Batavia Downs will spend $6.5 million to expand as tracks in Boston and Saratoga plan to open new facilities in 2004. In 2001, the state legislature approved the largest expansion of gaming in the State's history. Finger Lakes racetrack revenue could reach $60 million in the first year.

Greece-- The Northeast Family YMCA is looking at 48 acres of undeveloped land located on Latta Road. An existing permit allows limited day camp activities, but a new special permit would allow the YMCA to operate the day camp and build camping facilities, including a pool. The Y master plan includes, among other things, an outdoor pool, athletic fields, nature trails, a tower, and low and high ropes courses.

Perinton-- The Town of Perinton has plans to purchase another 40 acre farm for $320,000 and an agreement this month to purchase development rights of 6 acres on Ayrault Road for $60,000. The dollar per acre is more expensive than other recent purchases, but the cost could not be avoided. The town wanted the land, despite the amount to preserve its park and open space.

Perinton-- The rezoning of 1.3 acres of land located on Moseley Road from residential to restricted business as proposed by Eastman Savings and Loan has caused concern among area residents and Town Board members. ES&L wants to install an ATM kiosk on the property. Residents who oppose the project say that the property is wetlands and needs to be protected. Traffic is also a concern because the nearby intersection of Route 31 and Moseley Road is already problem. ES&L has offered to donate 5 acres of wooded area adjoining the area to the town to ensure its character. Town Board members expect to vote in favor of the rezoning, although reluctantly.

Pittsford-- A $9 million bond proposal was approved to build a new library. Plans are for a new facility with almost 30,000 square feet of library space. An enlarged computer center, several conference rooms a children's library and a café will be included in the new building. The design will be incharacter with the historic architecture of the village. Having moved into the current library in 1974, a former Star Market, and existing in only 12,000 square feet since then, the new building is long overdue.

Rochester-- The Rochester Broadway Theater League has gotten approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to buy the Auditorium Theater. The purchase price is $1 million and other terms are still being negotiated. RBTL moved from its headquarters on Gibbs Street to the East Main Street Auditorium Center. State monies have been promised to cover the purchase price and RBTL will be financing the renovations. The 2,500 seat auditorium will receive new carpeting, seating, a sound system, heating and air conditioning and restrooms.

Rochester-- A new athletic facility at the Aquinas Institute should be completed in September, 2004. A 2,000 seat lighted stadium for football and soccer will also have an eight-lane track, four tennis courts, and practice fields for softball and baseball. A $10 million donation by Robert Wegman in May, 2002, was allocated for a fine arts center for $5 million and the other $5 million earmarked for scholarships. With the tuition needs being met, Mr. Wegman and Aquinas have agreed to used the scholarship money for the athletic facility. Mr. Wegman is a 1937 graduate of Aquinas and has said that the school prepared him for college and beyond.

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Bloomfield-- The village's government and a local businessman aim to buy and tear down the vacant Agway plant at the corner of Main Street and Route 444. The Village Board voted to seek a $15,000 state grant to write a long-term development plan that includes demolition of the empty feed mill. Their plan includes more parking and retail space and construction of a new Village Hall at the north end of the Agway site. Also vying for the property, is Frank Marianacci, owner of Bloomfield True Value Hardware and a construction company, who would like to tear down the vacant building as well, and replace with mixed retail space, perhaps including a laundromat, car wash and convenience store, as well as space for small shops. Stumbling blocks in past negotiations with Agway included stipulations such as holding the company harmless for any environmental problems at the site. Costs to demolish the plant could depend on environmental cleanup issues, such as removal of herbicides and petroleum products on the site and well as the asbestos siding. If the village gets the grant for the strategic plan, it'll have to put up an additional $10,000 in cash or services on the project. (8/31)

Canandaigua-- The City School Board members unanimously gave the district the go-ahead to further research the feasibility of an indoor sports arena. The proposed facility would be built on a site next to the Academy and is a joint effort between the district and Canandaigua Sports Group, a non-profit organization made up of parents, politicians and business owners. The proposal calls for an 80-by-50 yard turf playing field, three multi-purpose hard-court areas and a track, team rooms and a concession stand. The estimated construction cost of $2 to $3.5 million would be privately funded - the Sports Group would raise the money needed to build the facility and run it and the school district would cover the cost of utilities and supplies and minor maintenance problems. The Sports Center is intended for youth sports groups, such as indoor soccer, lacrosse and basketball, however, the school district would have first dibs on the use for fall practices during inclement weather and marching band practice. The cost for a group to use the facility is expected to be $100 to $150 per hour. (6/20)

Canandaigua-- Under a plan now being studied, Canandaigua Airport's 3,200 ft. runway for propeller-powered planes could be expanded to a 5,500 ft. landing strip, accommodating small jets as early as 2006. Ontario county hired consulting firm, McFarland-Johnson of Binghamton to conduct a federally funded $100,000 feasibility study of the expansion plan. Michael Manikowski, director of the county Industrial Development Agency, said a larger landing site is needed to expedite the travel of corporate executives whose enterprises would stimulate the growth of high-tech, high-paying jobs in the region. No mention of project cost was mentioned (9/2)

Fairport-- Falvo's Funeral Home is in the midst of adding a new building to their site located at 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. The building features a showroom, attached four-car garage, service elevator, second floor apartment and detailed early 28th-century style interior woodwork at a cost of $1.8 million. October completion is anticipated. (7/11)

Gates-- Officials of the YMCA of Greater Rochester announced plans to construct two full-service branches costing about $15 million. One would be a 64,000 sq.ft. facility on 51.6 acres of land on Route 250 in Penfield with a price tag of $9 million. The other, at 920 Elmgrove Road in Gates, consists of a 35,000 sq.ft. addition to the existing YMCA Child Care Center, with an estimated cost of $6 million. The Penfield location will include a climbing wall, indoor running track, standard swimming pool and rehabilitation pool. The new building in Gates includes an indoor pool and a fitness and exercise center. This is the first time since the late '60s that the YMCA has developed new facilities for new service areas, according to George M. Romell, YMCA president and CEO. Work in Gates is expected to start in October and be completed within one year. Construction of the Penfield facility is expected to begin September 2004 with a completion date of October 2005. (6/24)

Henrietta-- The Executive South Family Golf Center could soon come under new management. The Henrietta Foundation, a not-for-profit group bent on preserving open space, is hoping to raise $500,000 for the purchase by next fall. The foundation is looking to corporate, philanthropic and private sectors to donate the funds needed for the sale. The foundation's president, Bud Snyder says he thinks this purchase will keep the preservation of the land as well as offer a revenue stream for their future projects and expand the center's extensive golfing programs for youth, the disabled and other programs. (7/03)

Henrietta-- According to Dan McGuire, a member of the ambulance's board of directors and town officials, plans are proceeding to break ground on the expansion of the Henrietta Ambulance's Calkins Road headquarters this fall. Since the Town Board voted to donate $100,000 to the new base project last May, the ambulance company has commissioned additional architectural plans for the 11,000 sq.ft. expansion. Plans have been passed by the town's Conservation and Zoning boards and is awaiting final approval from the Planning Board. Upon being approved, the project will be put up for bid. Initial estimates for the project are $1.37 to $1.5 million, which should be covered by the town's $100,000 donation, $390,000 set aside for the project and a low interest loan. The current quarters consist of a converted house with several additions, built to house 30 volunteers, now housing 130, has a laundry list of structural problems, including water damaged foundations, crumbling floors and bad electrical systems. The project is expected to expand garage, storage and administrative space, as well as sleeping quarters for emergency medical technicians and paramedics who work overnight. (8/27)

Ontario County-- The new Ontario County Jail, a 185,000 sq.ft., 278-bed correctional facility, will be divided into seven housing units with 48 to 60 beds a piece and recreation areas built adjacent to each housing unit. Core facilities are built to support up to 500 inmates to accommodate future expansion. Cost of the new correctional facility is $28 million and is expected to be completed in September. (7/11)

Penfield-- Mario Daniele, owner of Mario's Via Abruzzi, has purchased the roughly 25-acre Bounty Harbor Marina and former Bounty Harbor restaurant at the south end of Irondequoit Bay in Penfield. Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, Mario plans to tear down the existing restaurant building on Empire Boulevard and replace it with a new restaurant of which he has not decided the style of yet. He intends to keep the 186 boat slip marina operating. (6/20)

Pittsford-- Structures are appearing at King's Bend Park, the new park the town is developing off Jeferrson Road near Clover Street. Workers with LeFrois Builders and Developers have started work on the second of two enclosed, winterized picnic pavilions planned for the park. The pavilions are expected to be completed by the end of July and then town crews will start their work, such as grading, planting, landscaping, adding picnic tables, benches, fencing and paving the parking lot. The park project is slated for September completion at a cost of $500,000 -- $50,000 of which is a grant from the NYS Department of State and the remainder from existing town funds. (6/18)

Pittsford-- The town's proposed $8.5 million new library wowed residents at the unveiling of the project. Supervisor Bill Carpenter and project architect Rick Perry of DeWolff Partnership Architects unveiled plans for the 32,000 sq.ft. facility. Using a rotating computer model, drawings and other tools, Perry went through the proposed design element by element, including increased parking, having a view of the canal and being closer to State Street. The plan also includes two entrances, one on State Street and a second off the back. Adjacent to the back entrance would be a 24-hour book drop, a 150-person meeting room, 2,500 sq.ft. of commercial space leased to a café, book store or other businesses and future library expansion. The second floor consists of large windows overlooking the canal and exposure over the garden area, with a reference area, childrens area and general collection books. Residents will vote on the project this fall. (7/16)

Rochester-- The construction of a new golf course clubhouse, Durand Eastman Golf Course Clubhouse, is set to commence in July. Included in the plans are a new clubhouse, separate snack bar and restroom facility. Cost of the project is reported to be $1.5 million with a completion date of December, 2003. (7/11)

Rochester-- The building located at 4449 Lake Avenue will soon be converted into a post office. The U.S. Postal Service has purchased the building and plans to renovate the existing interior into a post office at a cost of $511,000. An October completion date is expected. (7/11)

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Brighton-- MCC will welcome more than 400 new residents to its Brighton campus this fall. Work on the $16 million project is right on schedule and expected to be completed this summer, according to Susan Salvador, vice president of student services at the college. The dorms will be the first at the school, which up to this point has been all commuters, featuring five-person, furnished suites with a kitchen, two bathrooms and a living room. The college will use public safety as the first defense at the dorms. The buildings will have complete security systems, closed circuit television in the hallways, a fire prevention code of conduct and a policy prohibiting candles inside the dorms. The first set of housing assignments will be made in May. (3/19)

Brighton-- The Town Board and the library Board of Trustees met to review five sites that are under consideration by the town for a new library facility. Al Hazelwood, of Passero Associates, PC, presented five site sketches showing how the proposed 11,000 sq. ft. building with access and parking lot facilities could be placed upon the sites under consideration. The presentation also included initial cost estimates for development of each of the sites. Based upon this information, the Town Board will schedule a public informational meeting in the near future so residents may have the opportunity to learn more about his major capital project. Once a decision is made on the site, detailed building and site plans must be prepared and approvals obtained - then total costs associated with the project will be more refined and a bonding resolution will be offered. (3/26)

Brighton-- The buyer of a 2.9 acre piece of Pinnacle Hill, known as the highest point in Rochester, has no immediate plans for the property and it will most likely remain vacant for a while. Mark DiFelice of Rochester purchased the property, which is comprised of roughly one-eighth of the 748-foot peak, from Thomas Cascini for $48,500. Preservationists and upper Monroe County residents have long been interested in turning Pinnacle Hill into a park, or at least creating a right of way through what is now DiFelice's piece of it to the undeveloped part of the hill owned by Hillside, but they were unable to raise the money to buy it. The property is currently zoned residential and DiFelice, at this time, has no plans of applying for a zoning variance. (6/15)

Chili-- Supervisor Steve Hendershott announced a desire to build an indoor youth athletic facility during his state of the town address in February. Although plans for the facility are not yet on the table, town officials say progress is being made. The Town Board approved the formation of an eight-member Youth Recreation Center Task Force in March and they're trying to get this wrapped up before the end of the year. Hendershott said the facility will most likely be located on part of 26.6 acres of town-owned land that is adjacent to the Town Hall complex off Scottsville-Chili Road, sharing the existing parking lot with the Town Hall and saving about $300,000. No price tag or source of funding has been attached to the project at this point and subsequently, a deadline has not been set for the task force to issue a report. (5/26)

Fairport-- The village has six offers on the table to buy and renovate the former Green Tavern and expects to pick one soon. According to village trustee, Kevin Clark, Chairman of the village's Industrial Development Agency, the tavern could possibly be open again this summer. The village foreclosed on the property in January and is eager to fill this vacant site, along with the Lift Bridge Lane establishment famous for its Friday fish-fry. While the IDA's board has not yet met on the proposals, they have reported most bids are for restaurant and bar uses, all within $1,000 of the village's minimum asking price of $185,000. The village is expected to accept a proposal and close within 4 to 8 weeks and expects about a 60-day renovation period before opening. (4/10)

Greece-- -- Two years ago, the town paid Eastman Kodak Co. $840,000 to purchase 490 acres of land near the Erie Canal and with the recent resale of just 25 acres, the town has already made back more than half of its money. The town recently negotiated the first purchase of the former Kodak land, now called Northamtpon Landing with a plumbing company that wants to expand at 441 Elmgrove Road. The town made $475,0000 on the sale. Gatti Plumbing will use the land to parks its trucks.

Henrietta-- A new game and mini-golf center opened at the site of the old Putt-Putt Golf & Games located at 70 Jay Scutti Boulevard. The new game center, Fun Center, features three 18-hole outdoor miniature golf courses and video, arcade and virtual reality games, including pinball and skee-ball. Putt-Putt closed in August 2002. (5/13)

Irondequoit-- A vote on a proposed golf clubhouse at Durand-Eastman Park could result in the replacement of the existing one with a $2.6 million structure by December. The proposal before the Monroe County Legislature authorizes, if approved, contracts and borrowing for a 20,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, replacing the building now in use is 3,500 sq. ft. built in 1932. The existing clubhouse in beyond repair and insufficient in size, according to mark Ballerstein, engineering operations manger for the county. County officials say the clubhouse won't add to the county's tax burden because the bonds will be repaid with golfing fees. The county receives about $550,000 a year from golfing fees from its three public courses. The new facility would include a restaurant for about 60 people, restrooms, lockers and a pro shop on the first floor, along with a patio that could have a tent holding 75 people, a new 1,000 sq. ft. snack bar and a slightly enlarged parking lot The 10,000 sq. ft. basement would be for golf carts and storage. Owner of two other area public courses, Jack Tindale Inc. , would run the county's golf courses through 2017 and would put $300,000 toward furnishing the clubhouse and supplies and also pay the county $100,000 a year over 15 years on improvements at county courses. (6/9)

Mendon-- The Honeoye Creek Bridge, built in 1928, is coming down and being rebuilt. A quarter mile of Plains Road between Route 15A and Route 251 is closed to through traffic until August, while the county reconstructs the bridge. The project will cost the county approximately $716,000 and includes straightening the road that goes across the bridge. The new bridge will be 100 feet long and will increase the width of each of the two lanes by 1 foot and will look very much the same, according to reports. Project completion is expected to be in October. (4/23)

Pittsford-- The 20 acres the town is purchasing was always part of the greenprint, but the deal makes it official. The land is part of the former Manno property - a 186-acre farm located between Willard and Mendon Center roads. The town bought the development rights to all but 40 acres of the property in 1998 with a price tag of approximately $1.3 million. Now the town is looking to purchase the remaining 20 acres of the farm, a parcel located on Willard Road, east of the road leading to the Monroe County Water Authority tower. The price tag for the development rights to the 20 acres is $140,000. The purchase is part of the town's $9.9 million greenprint plan to preserve agricultural land. Closing on the property will most likely be within the next 60 days. (3/26)

Rochester-- State lawmakers have approved $56,000 to keep open the Gen. Alfred H. Doud New York Army National Guard Armory on Culver Road. Gov. George Pataki's budget cuts included closing nine armories, one being Doud and possibly utilizing the building as government offices. The Doud Armory, built in 1918 is home to four National Guard units who will remain a military presence in the historical building. (5/1)

Rochester-- A bill was passed by both the Senate and the Assembly, 61 to 0 and 141 to 8 respectively, that would allow part of Genesee Valley Park to be used for a development project, if passed by Gov. George Pataki. The measure would allow about 3.5 acres of the 5.85-acre park to become part of the Brooks Landing Revitalization Project - bringing positive development and 180 part- and full-time jobs to Rochester. Supporters hope the project at Brooks Landing and Genesee Street will lead to closer ties between the University of Rochester and the 19th Ward on either side of the river, by sparking construction of a hotel and retail space. The 90,000 sq. ft. project includes a hotel, restaurant, offices, conference center and about 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial space. Additionally, the project will also improve public access to the river, rebuild a portion of Brooks Avenue and add boat-docking facilities. The estimated cost is $17.5 million - a total of $2.5 million will come from city bonds, about $11 million from private investors and about $4 million from the federal government, according to Fashun Ku, city commissioner of economic development. Work is expected to begin in September and be done in August. (5/9)

Victor-- Residents voted yes to a $3.2 million firehouse renovation -- 136 voted in favor of the proposal and 62 opposed. As approved, the 35-year old Maple Avenue building will get upgraded heating and electrical systems, seven additional bays off Adams Street and offices. According to Mayor Tom Walker, the project will increase the village tax rate by an average of 71 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The current tax rate is $4.30 per $1,000 of assessed value. For the first year of the 20-year bond, the increase will be 47 cents per $1,000. As years progress, the rate will fluctuate but average 71 cents. Construction will likely begin early next spring. (3/19)

Waterloo-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to stand behind a $10 million loan to finance construction of a comprehensive travel center and service plaza at Thruway Exit 41 in Waterloo, Seneca County. The 30,000 sq. ft. travel plaza will include a medical center, laundry and theater, in addition to more conventional amenities for travelers. It will also include up to 100 electrified units for use by trucks, which make up a large percentage of the estimated 35,000 vehicles passing through the exit daily. According to Representative Sherwood Boehler, the center will generate $25 million in sales during the first year of operation, which translates into about $1 million in sales tax revenues for the county and when completed, will create 150 new jobs in Seneca County. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year. (3/27)

Webster-- According to Town Clerk Barbara Ottenschot, the proposal for the town to purchase a 4-acre parcel along Irondequoit Bay and Lake Ontario for a park, passed by a vote of 1,368 to 1,260. The current owner, developer Richard Gollel will sell the town a section of the sandy peninsula along the north end of the bay for $1 million. The parcel includes 1,900 feet of water frontage about 900 feet each on the Bay and Lake Ontario. Spicing up the offer for town voters was a proposal by local businessman and home builder John Casciani to donate almost 4 acres of land to the town, contingent upon the success of the vote. The wooded parcel near Lake and Bay roads includes frontage on Irondequoit Bay. The town will borrow for the purchase and repay the loan from money saved in a fund dedicated for capital items related to parks. (3/26)

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Brighton-- Rochester City Ballet is in negotiations with the Harley School on Clover Street for a new studio and offices in a $1 million expansion plan. Officials hope the 17,000 sq. ft. facility will be approved this April. City ballet officials raised nearly $300,00 last year in a massive fund-raising campaign toward the move. The total raised to date is about $400,000 with another $200,000 from the state Legislature. The new facility would cost about $1 million. (1/29)

Brighton-- May 15th, the former King James Motel will reopen as a Holiday Inn Express. Owner of the property, Somchand Patel, located at 2835 Monroe Avenue purchased the motel in 2001 with the intent to revamp the property - he is doing just that. The $3 million project will revamp the projects two buildings into a resting spot for business people and tourists rather than troublesome patrons. Since November, crews from Rochester Craft Builders, Inc. worked to rebuild the 50-year old King James to Holiday Inn standards. (2/25)

Canandaigua-- At least three proposals to take control of the fledging tourist attraction, Roseland Water Park, located on the north side of Routes 5&20, are under review by the park's bondholder. Last fall, Roseland defaulted on its debt payments to its bondholder and the park was closed. The Canandaigua Recreation Development Corp. chairman, Dennis Morga says their role now is to find an individual or group who is sincere about getting the park back opened. No definite plans have been defined. (2/20)

Canandaigua-- Patrons can still visit the Thendara, but only if they plan on staying for the night. The ever popular restaurant and boat house has been converted into a bed & breakfast. The Thendara was purchased by the Pellicano's last year and many area residents were skeptical the hot spot may be used as a personal residence. The main house is now set to operate four bed & breakfast rooms and the boat house is ready to open this summer. Owner, Tracy Pellicano says they won't be holding any weddings there but will take on diners at the boathouse and smaller parties. The Thendara was built between 1908 and 1910 by former state senator John Raines. The current owners purchased the 3.8 acre estate for $1,175,000. (2/20)

Canandaigua-- A $35 million expansion of F.F. Thompson Hospital will triple the size of its emergency department among other renovations. Starting this spring, Thompson Health will add eight beds to the hospital's emergency department, including two trauma beds. This portion should be finished by the end of 2003, according to Jim Doran, project manager. Among other renovations will be changing the registration area into a patient access center and widening of the public corridor and adding waiting rooms off of the corridor. The ambulatory surgery center will also expand as well as enhancements to the lobby and relocation of the respiratory therapy area. The project will be funded through $20 million in bonds, $10 million in private funds and $5 million in capital lease funds. (2/28)

Geneva-- -- The owners of Belhurst Castle, White Springs Manor and White Springs Farms are developing a vineyard, winery, hotel and visitors center on Route 14 about 200 feet from the City of Geneva. An initial 8 acres of grapes will be planted, expecting the vineyard to expand to 60 acres over the next four years. A two-story wine making facility will be located in the existing barn on the farm property. Additionally, plans to build a 26,000 sq. ft. facility to house a 26-room luxury hotel including a 300 seat banquet room, a wine tasting room, gift shop and bar will be located just north of the Belhurst property. The project could bring an extra $3 million a year in taxes, wages and total spending to the area, as well as an anticipated 57 jobs. Opening is expected by Memorial Day 2004. (2/28)

Greece-- The town will put a $125,000 grant toward the purchase and protection of two parcels of land near the Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area. Greece is one of four towns to receive a portion of Jack Doyle's latest batch of Green Space Initiative funding. The Green Space program provides towns with matching grants for protecting and preserving environmentally sensitive and agricultural properties. The parcels, on North Greece and Manitou roads, border the Braddock Bay and Salmon Creek region in the northeastern section of town, each about 60 sq. acres. Both are privately owned and are ideal for open space preservation. (1/02)

Henrietta-- Plans have been filed with the Henrietta Town Board to build X-Dreams - a 36,000 sq. ft. skate park on Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road. The park would include indoor and outdoor ramps for skate-boarding, in-line skating and free-style or BMX biking. The request also asks permission to sublease part of the facility out for a rental or skate shop - it would be based in an existing building now occupied by Tennis Club Associates. Because the proposed site is inside an industrial-zoned area, X-Dreams will have to get approval from the Town Board. A special use permit hearing is scheduled for January. If approved, construction could wrap up as soon as April, according to co-owner of X-Dreams, Chris Wilmot. (1/1)

Henrietta-- The town opened its new 9,000 sq. ft. custom-designed recreation center. The new building, located within the same series of office parks as Henrietta Town Court gives gymnasts and martial artists a place to go again for their classes. The Town Board signed off on a $585,000-a-year, five year lease deal with LeFrois Developments for use of the property in October. (1/8)

Parma-- 35-acres of prized lakefront on Lake Ontario will be saved from future development. Federal and state funding has come through so Monroe County can purchase the property, which is located off the Lake Ontario Parkway in Parma between Huffet Road and Ferguson Drive. The federal and state grants that will be used to purchase the property total $574,825; Monroe County is giving $226,225 through its Greenspace Initiative and the Monroe County Water Authority is kicking in $64,050. The property's owner, real estate broker, Edward Scharping of Albion has wanted to sell the property to a municipality or nonprofit organization for years. (12/4)

Perinton-- Constellation Brands, the worlds largest purveyor of wine, is negotiating a deal to acquire or merge with BRL Hardy, Australia's largest wine producer. If the acquisition goes through, this would solidify Constellation as a leading beverage alcohol company. A deadline has not been set for completion of the acquisition. (1/14)

Rochester-- The Rochester Broadway Theatre League Inc. plans to buy the Auditorium Theatre for a probable $1 million asking price. RBTL will need up to an estimated $2 million more for building improvements, including seating, heating, air conditioning, bathrooms. The organization has pulled together some government funds and low-interest loans to support the project. The roughly 2,000-seat Auditorium Theatre is the largest of six lavishly decorated theatres in the Auditorium Center. (12/27)

Rochester-- The city will permanently shut down its Mortimer Street garage in January, which had been used primarily by BlueCross BlueShield before the company moved in 1996. The 620-space area most recently closed will remain unused until the city decides what is best suited for the site. It isn't clear what the city intends to do with the garage after its closed, as it happens, the structure sits squarely on one of the proposed locations for a downtown transit center. According to City Councilman, Robert Stevenson, if something were to become of this property, there would be a need to remove some of those structures. The city has not yet made a decision on the bus terminal. (12/30)

Rochester-- The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority wants to build a $40 to $50 million facility on Mortimer Street, near the corner of East Main Street and Clinton Avenue. The organization is pushing forward to obtain all the money it needs to build a long-debated transit center. The promotions will include television and radio campaigns. The transit center would not only serve as shelter for passengers, but it would trigger development in a depressed section of downtown, authority officials say. (1/17)

Rochester-- Included in Gov. George Pataki's budget cuts is the closing of nine armories, one on Culver Road - Gen. Alfred H. Doud New York Army National Guard Armory. Gov. Pataki would like to see the armory turned over to local government for use as offices. By closing the armories, the state expects to save more than $500,000 a year. The 73,000 sq. ft. Doud Armory was built in 1918 and is home to four national guard units. According to officials, if the armory closes, the guard units will likely be relocated to the armory on Weidner Road in Chili. (2/7)

Rochester-- High Falls Brewing Co. is interested in opening a visitor's center or gift shop outside its brewery as part of a plan to rebuild the High Falls entertainment district. A visitors center would display the history of the brewery and include a virtual tour of the facility. City officials announced they plan to hire The Cordish Co. of Baltimore to revamp the city-owned centers at High Falls. Years of discussions of opening a brewpub never materialized. (3/6)

Rush-- Residents can expect to see construction equipment around Town Hall as the expansion and refurbishment project get underway. When completed, the 67-year old building will have a refurbished interior, a new elevator to make the building accessible for wheelchairs and an 1,800 sq. ft. addition to the library. A brand new 22,800 sq. ft. parking lot adjacent to Town Hall is just the first part of the town's $2 million plan for the building. The town will be taking bids for the rest of the project in March and with any luck, the project could be done by the end of the year. (3/5)

Victor-- Victor Supervisor Jack Richter said he would ask Town Board members to approve a plan to purchase a vacant, 60,000 sq. ft. former industrial building on Main Street in the hamlet of Fishers and spend another $1.5 million to renovate it for use as a combined town hall and civic center. The 9-acre site offers great access and already has more than 200 paved and lined parking spaces, according to Richter. If the plan is approved, town officials could vacate the existing Town Hall on Main Street possibly in six months. The Town Board unanimously approved the project in February and the deal will go through unless within 30 days of the board's approval, they receive a minimum of 222 registered votes to sign a petition demanding a referendum.(1/20, 2/25)

Victor-- BSM Development Co. has unveiled a proposal called Victor Terrace - a mix of commercial and residential space that straddles the village and town boundary line, which may be the sticking point of the project. BSM is asking the town and village to consider an annexation of the boundary line. The project includes a two-story building approximately 33,000 sq. f t. on 3.6 acres in the town and a one-story restaurant on 2.2 acres that would be situated in the village with the parking lot situated in the town. The project is on the east side of Route 96, across from Hoffend's Liquor Store. Officials do not expect the annexation to be a problem, just a lot of paperwork. (1/14)

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Henrietta-- The Town Board named the two-acre plot of land at the corner of Winton Road and Pinnacle Road extension Hoskins Park. The newest addition to the town, the park gave the area a face-lift with new landscaping, benches and a short trail. The park is named after Harley Hoskins, a former Henrietta resident who donated the land to the town in 1999. (9/25)

Henrietta-- The Town Board unanimously approved a five-year rental deal with LeFrois Development last week for 5,000 sq.ft. of flexible office space at 95 Methodist Hill Drive. Starting this January, the facility will house the town recreation classes, as well as the orphaned gymnastics program which hasn't had a home since the closing of the FunQuest building last August. The town will pay $58,500 per year for the rental space according to Supervisor, Jim Breese. Programs in the new building should be up and running for 2003 winter programs starting in January. (10/9)

Irondequoit-- The town will receive a $50,000 state grant through the Main Street NY Downtown Development program, to build a small park on the site of a Sea Breeze eyesore - a former service station at 4535 Culver Road. The park will eventually link to a trail system that will stretch from the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester to the Sea Breeze area near Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay. The town ordered landowner Gilbert E. Knapp Jr. to demolish the water-damaged building that stands on the gas station site; if he fails to do so, the town will tear down the building and apply the cost to his property tax bill. The town does not yet own the land but hopes to acquire it after the county forecloses on the parcel for nonpayment of taxes, according to Town Planner Kris Mago. (11/1)

Palmyra-- Pending revision of engineering plans, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is almost ready to approve a more than $100,000 trail project along the Erie Canal that would link Palmyra and Buffalo. A DEC spokesperson said a revision to the engineering plans is needed to more clearly identify state-protected wetlands to prevent any unintended disturbance. Village officials are debating whether to put the project up for bid or do it in-house, using municipal road crews and recycled materials from a major road reconstruction project underway in the village. Construction could begin as early as next fall. (9/25)

Perinton-- The Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley tentatively agreed to sell just over 3 acres of land to the town. While the town hasn't drafted a formal offer yet, Supervisor Jim Smith said the agreement calls for the town to pay $13,000 plus expenses for the property located at 2222 Turk Hill Road, abutting Girl Scout Camp Piper Wood; Smith estimates in total, the town will pay approximately $20,000. Purchase of the property by the town would add a new section to the 25-year-old Crescent Trail, forming a continuous link. This would offer continuous linkage from Bushnell's Basin and the new Lyndon Road bridge and of course, along the south bank of the canal there's a path that leads into the village of Fairport. Next on the agenda would be getting easements for the trail on property north of the canal. (9/26)

Pittsford-- -- Work began on the 17,000 sq.ft. St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry after a ground-breaking ceremony. The graduate school will be located on 4 acres on French Road next to an access road leading into Nazareth College, relocating from its Colgate Rochester Divinity School's Goodman Street campus in Rochester. According to school spokesperson Linda Barton, they expect to hold five or six full-time instructors with a graduate program of about 125 and a certificate program of 150. The new campus is expected to be completed by August 2003. (10/16)

Sodus-- Citing growing financial losses and declining use by patients, ViaHealth will close Myers Community Hospital, including the emergency and operating rooms, six in-patient beds, physical and occupational therapy and the cardiac rehabilitation program. ViaHealth will consolidate services at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, 15 miles south of Sodus, a devastating loss for the community; losing jobs and loss of convenient access to medical care. Doctors offices on the Myers campus will remain open. The state Department of Health has 90 days to review ViaHealth's closure and before the department will permit the move, they must ensure the Myers' patients will be able to receive care elsewhere, according to Rob Kenny, spokesman. (11/15)

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Brighton-- Preliminary recommendations have been made for the future town park, the former Gonsenhauser farm site situated near Winton and Westfall Roads, north of Route 590. A draft master plan was submitted to the Town Board, detailing specific recommended uses for the 49-acre park. The plan includes installing several multi-use fields for all ages, one with lights, tennis and basketball courts, and a skate park. Balancing out the park, among general park amenities such as parking, sidewalks,and a bridge, the plans include several playgrounds, a picnic and shelter area, a lodge, a stream and a community garden and homestead site. According to the plans, 31 acres would be used for active recreation, and the other 18 would consist of trails, picnic and nature areas. The Town Board is expected to review and vote on the recommended plans next month. (8/02)

Brighton-- The Jewish Home of Rochester plans to add two six-story towers at its Brighton nursing home facility. An estimated cost of the project is $18 million. The 362-bed home is near capacity but the expansion project would add 34,000 sq.ft. to the facility's existing 198,205 sq.f.t. This would be the first renovation for the 17 year old building and double the size of the dining and activity areas. The project is expected to take 24 to 36 months and would be funded through various loans, donations and reserved funds. Fall approval from the state is expected. (8/02)

Canandaigua-- William and Tracey Pellicano of Malvern, Pa have purchased the Thendara Inn & Restaurant and several surrounding acres for $1.2 million, according to a deed filed with the Ontario County Clerk's Office. Staff have been advised the restaurant will operate under current management until September 30. It is unclear whether the upscale Thendara or its casual-dining adjunct, the Boathouse, will continue as eateries and whether the inn will take guest, as the Pellicano's have not yet applied to change the property's commercial zoning, Gorham town zoning officials say. (8/30)

Canandaigua-- F.F. Thompson Hospital has proposed $35 million in renovations to expand its emergency and radiology departments. The plan still requires approval from the state Health Department. They plan to demolish an office building for expansion of the emergency, ambulatory and nutritional services. They also requested to add 11 emergency beds to the 11 they currently have. The project would add 60,000 sq.ft. to the complex's 500,000 sq.ft.. Thompson operates a 113-bed hospital and a 188-bed nursing home. A capital campaign is planned to raise $10 million toward the project with the rest of the money coming from the sale bonds. Approval ifrom the state is expected this fall. (8/02)

Caledonia-- Commodity Resource Corp. has proposed a $14 million project to develop a 97,000 sq.ft. distribution center on Route 5 as a means for area farmers to purchase feed and fertilizer. The company has spent years developing their plan and in recent months, the project has gained support. Most recently, Livingston County Board of Supervisors approved applying for $331,000 from the state's Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program. Additionally, the project has secured 2 grants by the state DOT totaling $3million and $9.6 million in loans. Construction is scheduled to being in August and the business would rent space to wholesalers. (7/22)

Greece-- The town will receive $150,000 from the state to redevelop 500 acres of vacant canal-front property, located south of the canal and runs from Long Pond Road to Manitou Road from Kodak. Town officials state GedPro Local Development Corporation is developing plans for the site. According to Gary Tajkowski, town development director, future plans look at developing improved canal paths for walking and cycling a creating a port near Long Pond Rd. for retail, inns or restaurants. Reports state a portion of the parcel could remain zoned industrial and commercial. Planning work is expected to begin in the near future and take several months to complete. (9/5)

Henrietta-- If plans go accordingly, Calkins Corporate Office Park may be the new home of the Pluta Cancer Center, formerly the Genesee Hospital cancer treatment center. The Center's board of directors has applied to the NYS Department of Health to allow for the move. If approved, the center would utilize 24,000 sq.ft. of the first floor at the office park's Health Commons Building and would include administrative offices, radiation and chemotherapy treatment rooms. The center's 27 full-time doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff will make the move as well. If approved, the move could take place as early as next year. Currently, the center is located in the basement of the Genesee hospital. (6/02)

Henrietta-- This fall, work will begin on the new 155,000 sq.ft. sports and activities field house at RIT. Officials anticipate opening of the $25 million sports center to be in 2004. Because the school will be paying the money off over numerous years, the project should have no significant effect on tuition. The center includes plans for a 60,000 sq.ft. indoor athletic/event hall with room for 8,000 spectators. The athletic hall will be adorned by a six-lane running track with facilities for soccer, baseball, lacrosee, tennis and other sports. A pool, hot tub and fitness center will also be new additions to the center. Although essentially for use of RIT student events and faculty, the center may also be rented out for high school or special events, such as the Empire State Games or Special Olympics. (8/14)

Macedon-- Town residents voted 507 to 165 in favor of constructing a new library and town hall at the site of the former complex at 20 Main Street, which was destroyed by fire in April 2001. Since the fire, library and town offices have been housed in rented quarters on Wayneport Road and have become cramped for space. Both buildings to be constructed are 8,000 sq.ft., more than doubling the space in the old complex. The new library will include a 1,200 sq.ft. community room. The new complex will cost about $2.45 million to construct, but only $470,000 will need to be financed for the project as fire insurance covers $1.66 million and $320,000 will come from the library reserves along with a state grant. Construction is anticipated to begin in September. (6/26)

Penfield-- The town received an $815,250 state grant through the Farmland Protection Program and a $112,500 grant from Monroe County Green Space Initiative toward their open space plan. This will leave the town with $200,000 to finish paying for the 210-acre farmland on Gloria Drive. With this funding in place, Brian Anglin community affairs specialist for the town, reported the state will submit the project to the federal government to cover the remaining funds needed. Planning Director, Doug Fox, stated receiving the additional funding will not free up additional money for continued purchase of Open Space under the current bond. According to the state, the Beardsley property is experiencing heavy development pressure and protection of this property is the first of several the town plans to protect. A closing date of 8/15 is set. (7/11)

Penfield-- The town received an $80,000 grant from the state to develop a public park at LeSalle's Landing on the southern shore of Irondequoit Bay. The projects entails site work and landscaping and includes parking, picnic facilities and a 450-foot handicapped accessible boardwalk on the waterfront. Penfield and Irondequoit towns will be working together to revitalize the south end of the bay. (9/5)

Pittsford-- The Town Board approved the $176,341 first phase of the town's sixth park - "King's Bend Park" - named after a section of the old Erie Canal. Cost for the 15-acre project on the north side of Jefferson Road near Clover Street will cost $424,000. $50,000 of that cost was covered by a grant received through state Sen. James Alesi. According to Town Supervisor, Bill Carpenter, the plans call for the park to be more family-oriented, offering 2 pavilions and a large open area for games. The first phase is scheduled to get underway this fall consisting of grading, cleaning out the site and laying foundation for parking lots. The next phase is expected to start next summer and be completed by next fall for opening. (8/28)

Pittsford-- Recent rezoning requests by St. John Fisher College were approved by the Town Board for two parcels on East Avenue. A previous rezoning request was also approved for the Founder's Hall dormitory near the public parking next to Route 490. Upon approval of the detailed plans by the Planning Board, the expansion project would consist of 106 parking spaces next to Botsford Hall and 100 spread out on the campus. Additionally, the school plans to convert a building, known as the Erdle building across East Avenue, into classrooms. Area residents and school neighbors are concerned the classrooms would be used late at night. Legal council representing the school and Supervisor, Bill Carpenter, believe the use of the building will be limited to a particular program and the 16 to 18 student classes will end around 9 p.m. week nights. Construction is projected to begin next year. (8/14)

Rochester-- The city received a $150,000 grant from the state for canal development. This grant will allow for completion of design and engineering documents and bid specifications for the project. Improvement plans include pedestrian access to the west shore of the Genesee River between Latta Road and Petten Street in Charlotte, pedestrian crossings, historic-style lighting, sidewalks and benches, a boardwalk and parking. Completion of this project means that Lake Ave Trail, the Charlotte lighthouse, and the Port of Rochester would be connected. (9/5)

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Brighton-- Monroe Community College is considering $120 million in construction through 2008 to accommodate growing enrollment. Topping the plans through 2008 are a new 107,500 sq.ft. academic building on the north end of the campus and the 200,000 sq.ft. technology center, to be located on two to three acres somewhere within the Inner Loop. Plans beyond 2008 include a 43,000 sq.ft. academic building on the campus' south end. The construction plans will need both state and Monroe County approval, as those two governmental bodies would evenly split the costs. Construction started this spring at the Brighton campus on a new student center and dormitories. (6/18)

Farmington-- Auto Solutions, currently at 6499 Route 96 in Victor, plans to relocate 1 mile east at the former True Value Hardware store at 6215 Route 96, at the intersection with Mertensia Road. Dealership owner, Peter Haidt plans to buy the 2-acre parcel at his new location. According to the Farmington assessors, the land, owned by Bloomfield contractor Frank Marianacci, is assessed at $621,800. The Planning Board granted approval for 30 cars to be displayed at the site until a new site plan is presented. Haidt plans to put in sidewalks along Route 96 in front of the location and will make the site handicap-accessible. (4/7)

Gates-- The Planning Board has approved construction of the 10,000 sq.ft. YMCA child care facility to be located at Elmgrove Crossings, an industrial/office complex on Elmgrove Road. The new YMCA will provide separate recreation space and educational programs for 50 to 60 children ages 5 years and younger. Gates-Chili YMCA's current location at 40 Bermar Park, off Buffalo Road, will close once the new location opens. (4/25)

Greece-- The Zoning Board has approved a request for a special-use permit by Steven Bauman for a gas station and convenience store at 690 Manitou Road. Bauman will be allowed to build and run a 3,300 sq.ft. store and Citgo gas station at the corner of Manitou and Frisbee Hill roads. The board has agreed to let him construct an overhead canopy up to 2,100 sq.ft. In addition, the Zoning Board has requested that Bauman has to address cleanup of contamination at the site. (6/6)

Greece-- The town wants to build an approximately $5.1 million community center, $2 million of which would come from Eastman Kodak Co. as part of a settlement for lower property assessments. There are no final decisions on where the 35,000 sq.ft. community center would be located. However, town officials are considering the town hall's 36-acre parcel off Long Pond Road where the town's other new buildings are already located. The town currently spends $145,000 a year to lease the current community center space at Chesterton Road from Christa Construction. The lease for that building is up on May 31, 2004. (5/2)

Henrietta-- The town has signed a temporary rent agreement with the landlord of the former FunQuest family entertainment facility at 1180 Jefferson Road. The temporary agreement will allow the town to continue its Recreation Department programs in the facility on a month-by-month basis until a more permanent deal can be negated. Under the new agreement, the town will pay the building's owner, the GC Acquisition Corp., $6,066 for use of the facility until May 31. After that, the town would pay $3,500 per month. The town will also pay insurance costs for the building for the length of their occupancy. (4/24)

Hopewell-- Becker Lincoln/Mercury will relocate in what was formerly Moving Wheels at 4155 Routes 5 and 20, less than a mile east of the Canandaigua town line. The building will undergo an extensive renovation and be ready for operations by the end of August. The former Becker Motors relocated to owner Pfeffer's other car sales business at 21 Parrish Street earlier this spring after Tops purchased his property at the corner of North Street and Route 332 for $2.95 million. (6/14)

Macedon-- A special-use permit was granted to Spinners' owner Kevin Judge for a 50,000 sq.ft. permanent outdoor extreme skate park on the west side of the property located at 280 Route 31. The facility is located in an area zoned for recreation. The Planning Board required that Judge landscape the property north and south of the skate park and a pedestrian walkway be designated with stop signs and striping on a private road on the property. In addition, an outbuilding at the entrance of the skate park will have an attendant for check-in and control and all lights will be turned off at closing. The new permanent facility will be open year-round as weather permits and will have separate areas for skateboarding, trick bikes and roller blades. (6/17)

Palmyra-- A group of Utah developers plan to build a nearly $3 million motel along Route 21, north of Temple Road. Preliminary plans call for a 40-unit, two-story structure that is "concurrent" with the architectural style of the area. The plans include an open atrium and a swimming pool. The property is adjacent to the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints chapel on Temple Road. The town's preliminary master plan identifies the Route 21 south corridor as a logical place for non-residential development since Thruway Exit 43 is nearby. (6/15, 6/25)

Penfield-- The YMCA of Greater Rochester bought 51 acres on Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, south of Sweets Corners Road last August with the intent of building a 60,000 sq.ft. building with a pool, pool viewing area and other amenities. The YMCA hopes to have the new facility, its first suburban facility built in more than 30 years, completed by late 2005. The building process would take about 18 months, and the YMCA hopes to begin construction no later than 18 months from now. The total cost of the project is expected to be about $6 million to $8 million. (6/6)

Pittsford-- An improved Irondequoit Country Club will officially reopen on May 5 on East Avenue, marking the completion of its new capital improvement plan. A $1.5 million reconstruction of the golf course offers a pond expansion, restored bunkers, a new maintenance building and on-course restrooms. (4/24)

Victor-- The First Presbyterian Church held a ground-breaking ceremony on its 3,800 sq.ft. expansion, which will add offices, Christian educational facilities and meeting rooms. In addition to the expansion, the building will be made wheelchair accessible by installing an elevator and two bathrooms on the second floor. A building campaign raised $170,000 toward the $500,000 project. The Synod of the Northeast loaned the church $50,000. The church is located in the center of the village and has about 300 members. (5/15)

Victor-- Ravenwood, a new upscale public golf course has opened for business at 929 Lynaugh Road on a tract of land adjacent to New York State Thruway. In addition to its 18-hole layout, Ravenwood Golf Club has a large driving range with seven target greens. The clubhouse amenities include a grill room with light menu, men's and women's locker rooms with showers and a Pro shop stocked with equipment and apparel. (5/12)

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Batavia-- The state Racing and Wagering Board approved a license for live harness racing at Batavia Downs. Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. bought the track in 1998 for $2.5 million and has invested approximately $600,000 in renovations. Reopening the harness track is expected to create 72 new jobs paying a total of about $818,000. Another 50 to 100 jobs could be added if the track gets video lottery terminals allowed by state legislation last fall. (2/28)

Brighton-- Monroe County Legislature approved the issuance of $16 million in bonds for construction of a 410-student residential facility at Monroe Community College. The legislation permits the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency to issue tax-exempt bonds on behalf of the Monroe Community College Association, Inc., a nonprofit group that will be responsible for repaying the bonds. The legislature cleared the way for construction by leasing 6.4 acres of the north section of the Brighton MCC campus for a dormitory. (1/9)

Canandaigua-- The town plans to open a new park with soccer fields and another ice rink on 34.8 acres between County Road 30 and Buffalo Street Extension. The land adjacent to the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center will be donated by a former member of the town Planning Board. The town needs to subdivide the property off a 250-acre farm before it accepts the donation. Plans call for a series of sports fields and a road across from Old Brookside Lane that would connect Buffalo Street Extension with County Road 30. (2/6)

Canandaigua-- Ontario County lawmakers voted to build a 276-bed jail at the estimated cost of $28.75 million. The 160,000 square-foot facility will be paid for with a $17 million cash payment the county got last year for selling the rights to its long-term payments under the national tobacco settlement. The county has an additional $1.4 million to ad to the project from a reserve. It will borrow the remaining $10 million, with taxpayers paying the bonds over 20 to 25 years. Half of the building, which will be located off County Road 46 in Hopewell, will house inmates. The other half will provide areas for special programs, mechanical rooms and office space. Construction could begin next month, with the jail to open by fall 2003. (3/8)

Chili-- A 110,000 square-foot regional training facility on Scottsville Road has officially opened. The $13 million facility is the final phase of a two-phase $26 million project. The first phase, an outdoor fire training operation, opened in 1999. The new training/emergency preparedness center was built on the former site of the city's fire and police training center. The building provides office space for city, county and college training staffs, multiple classrooms and specialty training rooms for hazardous material, emergency medical, police operations and crime and fire scene investigation. Under an agreement with the county, MCC will manage the facility. The school will also conduct police, fire, probation and fire training classes. MCC's dean of public safety programs, Michael Karnes, said operating costs for the facility are about $1.5 million year. The exact number of trainees using the facility has yet to be determined. (1/31)

Gates-- The Gates Historical Society has purchased the historic Hinchey homestead for $201,000. The Hinchey homestead, formerly called the Hinchey House, is a 13-room, 1870s farmhouse that, along with a barn, occupies a three-acre plot at 634 Hinchey Road in the heart of Gates. It has received state landmark status and has been listed on the federal registry of historical places. The society's conversion plans would allow the homestead to retain much of the 1870s interior and furnishings. (1/27)

Lyons-- The Wayne County Board of Supervisors formally accepted a $750,000 state grant that was announced in October. The grant will be combined with $250,000 in local money to supply a total of $1 million for an Amtrak passenger station. County officials are negotiating with representatives of the DeWolff Partnership in Rochester to serve as lead consultants on the project. If the negotiations are successful, DeWolff would work with Barton & Loguidice of Syracuse and Gannett Fleming of Philadelphia to design and build the facility. (1/26)

Penfield-- Canandaigua National Bank & Trust is negotiating to buy the former Penfield Tavern at 1816 Penfield Road from owner Gregory Parker. The bank intends to demolish part of the building's back section. The core of the building, which dates to roughly 1890, would be preserved and refurbished in the bank's plan. The building is located in Penfield's Four Corners, which refers to the intersection of Five Mile Line and Penfield roads. (3/5)

Pittsford-- A citizens committee is recommending a new community center be built on a 5.8 acre village property along the Erie Canal; a plan that is estimated to cost about $10.3 million. The proposed community center would include space for a number of programs including a wellness center, various sports programs and a senior center. In formulating its recommendation, the committee did consider trying to keep a community center at its current location in Spiegel Center at 35 Lincoln Ave. either by improving the current building at a cost of about $1.3 million or building an addition at a cost of about $6.9 million. The committee decided after looking at current and future space and program needs, even an addition wouldn't be adequate to serve those needs. (2/6)

Riga-- Plans are under way to build a $2 million town hall / town court complex. Plans call for a 14,000 square-foot, V-shaped building with a 120-seat town court in the east wing, a 40-seat meeting room in the west wing and multiple town offices in both. Approximately $500,000 of the $2 million cost will be for land purchase, sewer installation and landscaping of the 3.5 acre plot. Construction costs will total approximately $1.5 million and could begin in spring 2003. The complex could open in spring 2004. (2/27)

Rochester-- Rochester City Ballet has agreed to purchase the former Doyle Security Building at 546 S. Clinton Ave. from the owner, Michael Cooper, a financial consultant, for $415,000. Board director Nancy Sands estimates that it will cost an additional $300,000 to renovate the facility into a dance complex. The 20,000 square-foot South Wedge site would provide the troupe with a permanent home that would eventually include four dance studios, office space and a small dance stage. The company currently leases studio space on North Goodman Street. (2/28)

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Batavia-- Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. approved spending $6 million to renovate the historic Batavia Downs Race Track in hopes of reopening it in July 2002. OTB officials say the reopening of Batavia Downs will spur tourism, add about 200 jobs and bolster a sagging horseracing industry in western New York. Batavia Downs closed in June of 1998. Western OTB bought it from near bankruptcy three years ago for $2.5 million and already has invested about $600,000 in renovations. (12/28)

Brighton-- The town has obtained an option to purchase 33.8 acres of land on the south side of Penfield Road, between South Landing and Park Lane. Acquiring the land, which is adjacent to the 18-acre Corbett's Glen Nature Park, would provide an environmental buffer for the nature park as well as allow the town to build much-needed parking areas. Under the terms of the one-year purchase option with landowner Max Farash, the town would pay $475,000 for 19 acres of the parcel, and Farash would donate the rest. The agreement gives the town one year to finance and finalize the purchase. (12/14)

Gates-- Total Sports Experience, a soccer and lacrosse complex at 880 Elmgrove Road will open its doors on December 26th. The $4 million project by developer Andrew R. Gallina, will include 120,000 square feet of fields and indoor recreation areas. The new facility is expected to draw 3,500 to 4,000 people per week. The complex is expected to create 50 to 60 jobs, of which six to eight will be full time. (12/8)

Greece-- Monroe County is considering building a 22-field soccer complex on county-owned land. The complex, expected to cost $3 million to $4 million, would be on 88 acres next to Greece Canal Park and would include two or three buildings and a championship field with bleachers for 2,500 people. (12/8)

Henrietta-- The town's gymnastics and karate recreation programs will move to a new location at the former Caldor discount store on Jefferson Road. The programs will occupy 9,000 square feet of the Caldor building, which is being converted into a family roller-skating and recreation center called FunQuest. All of the programs had been housed at the Dome Arena complex on East Henrietta Road, which is part of the Monroe County fairgrounds. The town has agreed to a two-year lease with FunQuest. Henrietta will pay approximately $40,000 a year, which is roughly the same as the town was paying to rent space at the Dome complex. (12/29)

Rochester-- The doors of the Carter Street Recreation Center will be closed for nearly a year because of a $3.5 million renovation and expansion of the facility. The project is a partnership between the city and the Genesee Settlement House, which will share space at the center with the city Recreation Department. The Settlement House is contributing $2.6 million to the project from a grant. The rest is coming from the city. Construction is scheduled to begin with the next tow weeks. The main building will be demolished and replaced by a two-story, 20,000 square-foot addition, which is more than double the size of the current building. The project also includes new basketball and tennis courts and new playground equipment. (12/11) go to top

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Brighton-- The Planning Board has approved a plan to renovate the King James Motel at 2835 Monroe Avenue and turn it into a Holiday Inn Express. Top Deal Corp. owns the motel. The project is expected to cost about $3 million. The company wants to renovate the motel's two existing buildings and give it a new exterior. The motel's 69 rooms would also get new bedding and furniture to comply with Holiday Inn standards. (7/20)

Brighton-- MCC expects to start construction next spring on a $15.5 million complex of on-campus housing. The school and its non-profit MCC Association are hammering out details for constructing three, three-story buildings on six acres of the campus. MCC's planned housing, to be built on the north side of campus, would accommodate 400 students in a mix of four-bedroom and eight-bedroom apartments. The school anticipates breaking ground in March, with the housing open for students at the start of the fall 2003 session. The project would pay for itself with rent, costing taxpayers nothing. (8/10)

Gates-- COMIDA approved incentives for a $4.5 million outdoor soccer and lacrosse complex being developed by Elmgrove Ventures LLC. Andrew Gallina, principal in Elmgrove Ventures and president of Gallina Development Corp., plans to develop 41 acres at 838 Elmgrove Road. Gallina plans to build a 107,000 square-foot facility that will hold three large fields. He also plans to add two or three outdoor fields to several existing fields at the site to be known as the Elmgrove Family Sports Center. The project is expected to create 37 full-time jobs within three years of completion. The estimated net value of the property, sales and mortgage tax incentives is some $256,000. (7/20)

Greece-- Monroe County wants to build a 22-field soccer complex on county-owned land. The complex, expected to cost $3 million to $4 million, would be on 88 acres next to Greece Canal Park and would include two or three buildings and a championship field with bleachers for 2,500 people. The county-owned soccer complex could be completed in two years with the funds to build it coming from the interest the county is earning on the nearly $60 million dedicated for projects as part of its share of a national tobacco settlement. (6/22)

Henrietta-- Entertainment City is proposing a family entertainment center featuring electric go-karts, video batting cages, laser tag and a mix of interactive games for Hechinger Plaza. Hechinger Plaza, located at the corner of West Henrietta and Jefferson roads, has been empty since 1995. The company is proposing to use 100,000 to 150,000 square feet in the plaza. The town will waive all of the customary filing fees and charges for developers who propose to use vacant space. (7/14)

Henrietta-- Ross Catalano, who formerly operated Skate Town in Irondequoit, and partner James E. Drew have proposed a family roller skating and recreation center on Jefferson Road just east of Interstate 390. They will spend more than $1 million to convert the 105,000 square-foot former Caldor discount store. Plans include using 60,000 of the square footage for a skating center called FunQuest and the rest for a craft and antique co-op, which they also would manage. The town is expected to approve the plans on August 15. Catalano hopes to have the business up and running by Thanksgiving. (7/21)

Henrietta-- RIT is taking over the Marriott Thruway Hotel for student housing and for use in its hospitality and service management program. The 304-room hotel on West Henrietta Road is currently owned by E.J. DelMonte Corp., which owns and operates 18 hotels across the state. The company is giving away its largest hotel, with an assessed value of $29 million. With RIT also taking over the $15 million mortgage, the gift has a value of about $14 million. About 300 students - upperclassmen and graduate students - will move into the hotel next month. By the fall of 2002, almost all the hotel will be used for student housing. In addition, the university plans to move all its conferences and corporate training there. (8/9)

Romulus-- PEZ Lake Development LLC is investing more than $2 million into redeveloping a portion of the decommissioned Seneca Army Depot to attract more business and companies to the region. PEZ Lake plans call for 32 buildings with warehouse, distribution, light manufacturing and a small portion of office space. The entire development will include approximately 3 million square feet on 850 acres of the former U.S. Army base. In addition to the PEZ development, the 10,000-acre Army site also has attracted at least $188 million in other developments, including a troubled-youth facility and a maximum-security prison. Those developments have brought nearly 900 jobs to the complex. The site is located in Seneca County, some 45 miles southeast of Rochester, off Route 96. (8/3)

Rush-- The Town is planning a $2.6 million revitalization and building renovation project for the Town Hall, 5877 East Henrietta Road. Rush officials scheduled two community meetings on the subject. If approved, the effect on taxpayers would be less than $1 per $1,000 of assessed value. Plans include a community center with a multipurpose gymnasium, meeting and activity rooms and a community kitchen. Sport fields are proposed to surround the community center. Work is also planned to the Town Hall, court and library building as part of the project. (8/1) go to top

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Canandaigua-- The $17 million Roseland Waterpark opened for business on May 25th. The park was built by Albany-based Aquatic Development Group, which began work on the project nine months ago. The 56-acre park, located off Routes 5 and 20, costs $19.95 general admission. Its attractions include water slides, a wave pool, a river ride, a children's activity area called "Splash Factory" and recreational boating. More than 200,000 visitors are expected in the first year. (5/27)

Greece-- The Northwest Family YMCA opened the doors to its new 7,000 square-foot wellness center at 730 Long Pond Road. The center was built to replace two exercise rooms that were no longer able to accommodate its more than 700 members. The center was financed through a $750,000 internal loan to be repaid through membership dues over seven years. (4/17)

Henrietta-- The Rochester Institute of Technology has broken ground on the new Information Technology Lab on the RIT campus. The lab will be an extension of the 126,000 square-foot B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, which will be constructed during the next year. Golisano, chief executive officer of Paychex Inc., recently donated $14 million to help build the facility, which will serve as a learning laboratory for the more than 3,000 RIT students majoring in Information Technology and related fields. In addition, the college received a $14 million state grant for the overall project. Construction of the lab is expected to begin in late may and be completed by November. The two-story, 8,500 square-foot lab will focus on conducting research and workforce development programs. (5/11, 5/16)

Irondequoit-- Construction has begun on a 66-unit Holiday Inn Express, owned by Bass Hotels & Resorts Inc. at the Irondequoit Mall. The mall is giving up a portion of its parking lot for the hotel. Theraldson Enterprises Inc. of Fargo, N.D., a national developer of limited-service hotels, will develop and manage the site. In addition, IHOP Corp., formerly the International House of Pancakes, plans to open its first Rochester-area restaurant at East Ridge Road and Irondequoit Mall Drive, in the west end of the Irondequoit Mall parking lot. Its second facility is slated to open in Henrietta this fall at 556 Jefferson Road. The company is looking for franchisees. The Irondequoit facility is under construction and should open in August. The Jefferson Road facility will begin construction in June, with an early fall opening date. The total cost for the hotel & restaurant project at the Irondequoit Mall is roughly $14 million. (5/25)

Mendon-- The Honeoye Falls Marketplace has signed a least to operate a 15,700 square-foot super-market in a shopping center on Assembly Drive. The store will emphasize perishable foods such as meat, produce, and bakery items and is expected to open in October or November. The supermarket will open in the old Big M site. Big M closed more than two years ago because of weak sales when parent company and chief supplier Penn Traffic Co. took over the assets to satisfy debts owned by the prior owners. (6/28)

Perinton-- The Town Board granted a special-use permit to local resident Glenn Collins for construction of a 26,000 square-foot complex on the 5.59-acre parcel at 2830 Baird Road for the operation of the combination sports and daycare center. As planned, the $1.25 million soccer/daycare center would operate as two businesses under one roof: Kidsports and Empire Soccer-Fairport. Kidsports would be a state-registered before and after school program with a capacity for 120 children between the ages of 5 and 12. Empire Sports-Fairport would have a 14,400 square-foot astroturf indoor soccer and lacrosse field from September to March, from April to August the astroturf would be taken out and a sports floor would be laid down for basketball, volleyball and roller hockey. In addition to the 14,400 square-foot playing field, the indoor soccer building is planned to have an arcade, concession stand, and pro shop. A 10-foot-high chain-link fence would enclose the entire facility. Collins anticipates all financial arrangements for the project will be completed by the end of April. (4/12)

Pittsford-- St. Bernard's Institute of Rochester, which currently has its offices at the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, wants to build a new seminary on French Road. The new school, to be called the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, would house classes for its graduate programs. The proposed building would be 15,000 square feet and be located on four acres of land currently owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph. (4/18)

Rochester-- State University College at Brockport became the new owner of 55 St. Paul Street. The $1.4 million purchse of the St. Paul Street building gives SUNY Brockport 80,000 square feet, nearly doubling the space for MetroCenter programs now held in the Sibley Building on East Main Street. SUNY Brockport's next downtown plans are to move its Rochester Equal Opportunity Center from 305 Andrews St. to the Sibley Building, the Andrews Street property will then be sold. (4/16)

Victor-- The National Bank of Geneva plans to open a branch at the corner of Maple Avenue and Main Street, at the site of the former Victor Hotel. The defunct gas station now on the property will be torn down. Bank plans have received conceptual approval, and the bank will work with village officials on the design. Construction should begin in June or July and the target opening date is October. The bank chose Victor due to its growth. The town population grew by 38.7% between 1990 and 2000, according to the census. (4/4)

Webster-- Marina Dodge Inc. has moved to 943 Ridge Road, the old location of Timothy Dodge, after acquiring the dealership from owner Timothy Balconi. Marina Dodge has been located at 65 Pattonwood Drive in Irondequoit, but its building was purchased by the state as part of the Stutson Street Bridge replacement. (5/26) go to top

1st Quarter 2001

Brighton-- Don & Bob's restaurant at 2075 Monroe Avenue has closed after almost 50 years. Principal owner Dick Fox also owns area Wendy's old-fashioned hamburger restaurants. Officials from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust presented the Planning Board a proposal for a bank branch to be built at the restaurant site. The bank plans to lease the property from Fox. No zoning variances are expected. The current building, built in 1967 will be demolished. A bank building in a Tudor design that resembles the nearby fire station would then be built. The bank could open this time next year. The branch would become the bank's 19th location. (3/17,3/21)

Brighton-- Our Lady of Mercy Church at 36 Armstrong Road received site plan approval for a 1,930 square-foot addition to the current church. The addition will house a daily Mass chapel and make room for about 200 more church members. In addition, church officials plan to install restrooms, a storage area, new heating and cooling systems and new carpeting in the building. (3/15)

Canandaigua-- The Board of Supervisors has approved the site for the new Ontario County jail. The 276-bed facility will be built on the south side of the county complex off County Road 46 in Hopewell. Costs are estimated at $28.5 million plus interest on bonds. (12/22)

Canandaigua-- Work is on schedule at the new $17 million Roseland Waterpark off Routes 5 and 20. Work commenced at the 58-acre site in September 2000. Roseland will open May 25 as planned for a 96-day season. Admission to the family-oriented park is expected to run $20 each. The city has agreed to pay for an estimated $400,000 in infrastructure, such as roads for access to the park. (3/21)

Greece-- Lakeshore Community Church recently acquired a 36-acre parcel on Latta Road, between North Greece and Manitou roads, to build a church for its parishioners. The church, which currently rents space at Apollo Middle School for its Sunday services, is planning to build an approximately 20,000 square-foot facility at the site. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2003. The church purchased the 36 acres for $250,000. (3/15)

Henrietta-- Paychex Inc. founder B. Thomas Golisano has pledged $14 million to Rochester Institute of Technology for the creation of a new College of Computing and Information Sciences that will be named after the businessman. It would become RIT's eighth college. A new 90,000 square-foot building would house the new college. The college would focus on software engineering, computer science and information technology. About 1.6 million new jobs are expected to be filled in 2001 and another 3 million new jobs are expected to be created in the next five years in those computer-related fields. Enrollment at RIT's information technology field alone has jumped from 13 in 1992 to 1,500 today. RIT is also looking at constructing new apartments and dormitories, as well as a field house and technology laboratories. (2/14)

Irondequoit-- Construction on a Holiday Inn Express and an International House of Pancakes on North Goodman Street will start this spring. The Irondequoit Mall is giving up a portion of its parking lot for the restaurant and hotel. The town Planning Board has already given the project final approval. (1/14)

Macedon-- Waste Management of New York is seeking approval to expand its High Acres landfill in Perinton over the border into Macedon. Waste Management owns almost 300 acres in Macedon adjacent to a closed portion of the High Acres landfill in Perinton. High Acres has already applied for a special-use permit for 12 acres on Wayneport Road to open a yard waste, composting, wood waste and recycling center. The land for that project would have to be rezoned as well. (1/18)

Pittsford-- The Sisters of St. Joseph are seeking approval to build a new mother house on French Road. Nazareth College will be taking over their mother house on East Avenue as part of its campus-expansion project. The mother house will become part of the campus by early 2003. The Sisters are proposing a 100,000 square-foot, 150-bed facility, with a chapel and community rooms, on 59 acres of land bordering the college. The new mother house would be home to the congregation's members and priests who live at the East Avenue facility. Of the 150 beds, 70 beds would be for independent living and the rest would include assisted or skilled nursing care. The town needs to review the application because its an incentive-zoning proposal. The parcel is in a residential area that doesn't allow for an adult-care facility. The incentive-zoning proposal would involve the Sisters building on 36 acres of the land. The remaining 23 acres would be open space dedicated to a regional storm water detention facility that would serve the mother house, Nazareth College, Oak Hill Country Club, and Irondequoit Country Club. After being reviewed by the planning board, the application will come back to the Town Board for a public hearing. (1/24)

Rochester-- The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority board approved a contract naming LeChase Construction Services LLC as construction consultant for the proposed downtown transit center. Preliminary plans call for buildings to be razed on the north side of East Avenue from North Clinton Avenue west to roughly the middle of the downtown block. In their place, new office and retail space and an elaborate transit center would be built. The project also calls for half of the city-owned Mortimer Street ramp garage to come down. The garage would make way for a below-street-level bus-parking area and an extension of Stone Street northward to create a pedestrian walkway or linear park. LeChase was hired on an hourly basis to do preliminary investigations of the site. (2/16)

Rochester-- Strong Museum, is proposing a $26 million expansion project that would increase the size by about 70% to 278,000 square feet, making it the second-largest museum of its kind in the country. Strong Museum would pay $17 million toward the project from its own investment fund. The expansion would provide space for a number of new interactive exhibits and would include a larger theater, twice as many parking spaces and an atrium facing Manhattan Square Park. Museum officials plan to seek $4.5 million from New York State, joining a long list of major Rochester construction projects in pursuit of state funding. The family and children's museum opened in 1982. (2/9)

Rochester-- The State University College at Brockport is purchasing the property at 55 St. Paul St. The building, home to the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce, would give SUNY Brockport more space for its MetroCenter Campus. All classes are held now in the Sibley Building on East Main Street. (3/30) go to top

4th Quarter 2000

Bristol-- The Planning Board has approved a site plan submitted by Kirkwood Enterprises and Sunoco for the development of a two-pump gas station and mini-market to be located on the northwest corner of County Road 32 and Route 64. Kirkwood Enterprises must obtain highway access permits before the final site plan approval can be given. Anticipated complete date of January 1, 2001. (10/1)

Bristol-- Foundation work has begun at the Bristol Harbour resort, a three story hotel expected to open in the spring of 2001. The hotel, located just west of The Lodge on Seneca Point Road will have a cedar and stone exterior and be connected to the lodge by brick walkways. The resort has also broken ground on the infrastructure for a 42-patio home complex and expects to begin building the model homes in the spring. Construction was approved in 1991 for the homes, which will be part of a homeowners association. The 454-acre resort, on the west side of Canandaigua Lake has a marina, golf course, beach, condominiums, town homes, patio and single family homes, a restaurant and its own water and sewer treat plants. (12/11)

Bristol-- Ski Valley Club, Inc., have handed ownership of the 122-acre resort over to the National Bank of Geneva, which began foreclosure proceedings. In 1970, area residents banded together and bought the resort as a not-for-profit venture. Ski Valley is located off of County Road 34. (9/12)

Canandaigua-- The Planning Board has granted final approval for the buildings at the new $17 million Roseland Waterpark off Routes 5 and 20. Paradise Waterpark, Inc., the company that will essentially run the park after its scheduled opening in May of 2001, must now apply for building permits. Aquatic Development, Inc., the construction company hired by developer Stephen Satterwhite, has begun clearing trees for the 56-acre waterpark. (10/25)

Fairport-- Bethlehem Lutheran Church is undergoing its third major construction project in 25 years. Plans call for construction of a 6,200 square-foot addition that will include five multi-use classrooms, 80 permanent seats in the sanctuary, a nursery and a preschool classroom. In addition, the main entrance will be relocated from Church Street to Perrin Street, making parking more convenient. The project will cost $1.2 million; congregation members have already raised $900,000. After the expansion, buildings will cover more than 40% of the church land. Perinton zoning law normally allows only 20% coverage, but the church was granted a variance. (12/3)

Palmyra-- The Town Board is considering relocating the town offices to 1180 Canandaigua Road; the site of a chapel owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Church officials have offered to sell the property to the town for $500,000, approximately half the assessed value. The town plans to sell the current Town Hall at 201 E. Main Street. Town leaders would like the village to move its offices with them. However, the town would purchase the building alone and rent half of the space to non-profit organizations if necessary. (9/20)

Penfield-- The Northeast Penfield Fire District plans to build a new firehouse at Plank and Salt roads. The firehouse is expected to be completed in two years and cost approximately $100,000. Northeast Penfield Fire District will raise its annual tax in the neighborhood from $60 to $113 for the average homeowner. (9/29)

Pittsford-- Nazareth College announced it would undertake a five-year, $60 million expansion project to build new residence halls and athletic facilities, buy nearby land, and create new academic programs. The expansion includes a 73-acre purchase of land and three buildings owned by the Sister of St. Joseph. The land is just north of Nazareth. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The property purchase will double Nazareth's land base and permit construction of a four-story residence hall on campus. The Sisters of St. Joseph mother house will be converted to a new administration and academic center, and its infirmary will become another residence hall. A field house, a softball field, a practice field, and a track and athletic complex is included in Nazareth's plans. Nazareth will use a capital campaign, loans, and the college's cash funds to finance the project. The town must review and approve plans by Nazareth before it begins construction. (9/27,10/4)

Rochester-- The city, Monroe County and the regional transportation authority have finalized plans for a new bus terminal on Mortimer Street. Riders would catch and exit the buses in an underground terminal located below an atrium of shops, restaurants, and offices at street level. The cost is estimated at $25 to $30 million. Mostly state and federal dollars would fund the project. The Greyhound and Trailways bus lines would also share the facility. (12/13)

Rochester-- SUNY College at Brockport expects to close on a $1.4 million deal to buy the landmark Rochester Chamber of Commerce building on January 1, 2000. The college and the Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce Inc. have been negotiating a possible sale of the structure since early this year. The 100,000 square foot Chamber building, located at 55 St. Paul Street was built in 1917. (11/10)

Rochester-- The former University Club has been transformed into downtown's first upscale boutique hotel. The 25-room establishment, known as The Inn on Broadway is owned by Tim McElduff, chairman and chief executive officer of Upstate Bank. Guests will pay between $175 and $300 a night for a room and breakfast. The inn's target customer is the working traveler. (12/1)

Victor-- FunScape, the 50,000 square-foot indoor amusement center behind Eastview Mall in Victor has closed. Regal Cinemas Inc. shut down all seven of the FunScapes the company began operating five years ago. FunScape is part of a 90,000 square-foot mixed entertainment center that includes a 13-screen movie theater. The theater will remain open. (12/8) go to top

3rd Quarter 2000

Greece-- Construction of a 30,000 square-foot post office on about five acres behind Wegmans Food Market began last week. The Latta Road facility will include a full-service postal store and serve as home base for mail carriers stationed in Greece and Charlotte. Manning Squires Hennig, a Batavia-based builder, was contracted in June to build the post office. (8/3)

Irondequoit-- The Planning Board is considering preliminary and final site plan approval for an International House of Pancakes and Holiday Inn Express to be built in the Irondequoit Mall parking lot. The restaurant would be 4,000 square feet, seat 132 people and be situated off North Goodman Street. Next door, a three-story, 66-room Holiday Inn is being proposed. (7/26)

Manchester-- A proposed 3,000 square-foot medical center was unanimously denied a use variance that would have allowed it to be built in a residential area on the west side of Center Street, near the corner of Center and Main streets. Municipalities are divided into different zoning areas. A building to be constructed within one of those zones must fall into that specific zone's category. A building not permitted in a particular zone must apply for a variance. The Zoning Board of Appeals said that Frank Nicoletta did not meet factors necessary for a variance. (8/8)

Penfield-- The demolition of two dilapidated buildings at 1080 and 1086 Empire Blvd. marked the first step in the town's efforts to revitalize LaSalle's Landing development district, the area on the southern end of Irondequoit Bay. The town plans to develop the area into a passive park facility. The property, purchased by the town earlier this year for $200,000, is located on the north side of Empire Boulevard just before the bridge separating Penfield from Irondequoit. (7/27)

Penfield-- Construction is expected to begin this fall on a pair of Hilton hotels that will bring 240 rooms to Panorama Trail just north of Route 441. Nashville developer Gary Price intends to build a 158-room Hilton Garden Inn and an 82-room extended-stay Mainstay Suites on six acres on the northwest corner of the interchange. Price's plan for the five and six story buildings was approved more than a year-and-a-half ago. Lawsuits filed by E.J. Del Monte Corp. against the town's planning and zoning boards were unsuccessful. The owner of the Marriott Courtyard argued that the hotels would cause flooding on a 17-acre parcel of land that the company owns nearby. (8/28)

Pittsford-- Charter One Bank announced plans to consolidate its operations in Pittsford Plaza by building a full-size bank to replace the separate bank office and drive-up teller/ATM station it currently maintains there. Currently, the bank office is next to T.J. Maxx in the plaza, but the drive-up teller station is out in the parking lot. The approximately 5,000 square-foot bank would be located in the same area as the current drive-up teller/ATM. It would offer three lanes for drive-up banking, including two teller windows and an ATM. Charter One Bank also has an office at 14 S. Main Street in the village. (7/5)

Rochester-- The city's Zoning Board of Appeals approved Green Acres Community Center's request to move into a vacant box factory at 101 Berlin Street in the 14621 neighborhood. The food panty and clothes closet has been nomadic since a fire destroyed its Joseph Avenue location 18 months before. An engineering firm estimates it would cost more than $400,000 to renovate the Berlin Street building, but board members said they could do it for $150,000 with volunteers. Green Acres will begin raising money to buy the Berlin Street building from the Church of the Covenant. (7/20)

Sweden-- The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded Ledgedale Airpark a $262,000 grant that will be used to purchase about 60 acres to the west of the airpark for a planned extension of the runway. The facility, which includes two aircraft hangars housing 10 planes each, a maintenance hangar and the office and flight service building, now covers about 150 acres. Ledgedale is eligible for federal Airport Improvement Program grants because, in 1989, it was designated as relief for the Greater Rochester International Airport. Ledgedale's funding is based on an application that includes a five-year capital development plan submitted to the federal government. (8/17) go to top

2nd Quarter 2000

Brighton-- Developer Anthony J. Costello, chief executive office of USAirports, received the necessary zoning amendments and final site plan approval to build a $13 million medical complex on Westfall Road. The two-story office building will sit on 10.6 acres at the southwest corner of Westfall Road and Lac De Ville Boulevard. The 106,000 square-foot office will become a musculoskeletal center for Strong Health. Doctors will provide outpatient services for physical therapy, sports medicine, and orthopedic injuries. (4/18)

Canandaigua-- The City Planning Commission approved the construction of the proposed $17 million Roseland Waterpark. The 56-acre aquatic amusement park will be on man-made Muar Lake off Routes 5 and 20. The park is expected to draw as many as 250,000 visitors and tourists to the area each summer and could generate as many as 300 seasonal full and part-time jobs. Canandaigua will build $400,000 in infrastructure connections to the site. The Planning Board required the developers to post a $100,00 bond payable no later than Oct. 15, 2001 should the park be abandoned. The waterpark is tentatively scheduled to open on Memorial Day next year. (5/31)

Farmington-- Perinton developer Steven Vangellow wants to open an indoor shooting range on Commercial Drive. The facility would include 10 firing positions and an instruction room. The location, between Hook Road and Route 332, offers easy accessibility and is part of a developing area. Project plans have been introduced to the Planning Board but an application has not been submitted to the town for approval. (4/24)

Ganada-- The YMCA wants to build a 10,000 to 15,000 square-foot addition to the Richard Mann Elementary School. The YMCA has proposed a long-term land lease with the school district. Officials hope to reach an agreement allowing the YMCA to share the school's new pool and gymnasium. YMCA officials are conducting a feasibility study to determine how much residents would support the proposed $2 million branch. This would be the first branch of the YMCA in Wayne County. (3/13)

Naples-- Tom and Martha Kelly have agreed to sell the town 90 acres of land off Route 245 for approximately $150,000. The site, located just east of the village, adjacent to the Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area will be developed into a community park. The state awarded a $75,000 grant for the project in 1998. (3/29)

Palmyra-- The marina, to be located at the corner of Division and Canal streets may have to be done in stages, as bids have come in over the $498,000 budgeted for the project. The range of bids came in between $673,500 to $900,000, with a Palmyra firm, Empire State Mechanical Contractors, the low bidder. An engineer is reviewing the low bid to make sure it meets village specifications before the board considers accepting it. The scope of the project includes 10 boat slips, a restroom facility, and a parking lot. A separate but related project, a trailway, would lead from the canal to the center of the village. The project will be funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Canal Corridor Initiative and in-kind services from the village. (3/12)

Pittsford-- The Del Monte Lodge complex, located on North Main Street in the village will open its doors on April 17th, three years after the project was first proposed. The complex includes a 100-room hotel, the Erie Grill, an 80-seat restaurant that overlooks the Erie Canal; a pool, exercise room and outdoor patio; and Ernie's, a bar and smoking lounge with a fireplace and adjoining terrace. Although Ernie Del Monte received village Planning Board approval to convert the adjoining old railroad depot into a 160-seat restaurant, no immediate plans are in the works. (3/22)

Pittsford-- David Handel, owner of Margaret Strong's 14-bedroom mansion received a variance from the town's Zoning Board of Appeals to open a bed and breakfast in the Strong Mansion, 700 Allens Creek Road. The 14,000 square-foot, Italian stucco house will have nine bedrooms and will be available at $75 to $250 a night. The town approved use of 16 parking spaces, which can be accommodated with the four-car garage and 12 spaces outside the house. (5/20)

Pittsford-- The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester and Nazareth College have reached an agreement on the school's purchase of 73 acres of the order's East Avenue property. The college will also purchase all of its buildings - the 130,000 square-foot motherhouse, built in 1927; the 57,000 square-foot infirmary, boiler house, garages, and a house at 4141 East Avenue for an undisclosed sum of money. The buildings are connected to the campus by underground tunnels. The purchase will almost double the size of Nazareth's 75-acre campus. The cost of the college's expansion project was previously pegged at about $19 million, but those figures are subject to change. The sisters will keep 57 to 60 acres of property it owns along French Road, and are considering building a new living facility that would be comparable to the motherhouse and infirmary. (4/7,4/12)

Rochester-- The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA) granted a $210,000 package of tax breaks to USAirports LLC. The company plans to build a new hanger at the Greater Rochester International Airport. The project will create five new jobs. (5/17)

Rochester-- Harro East Properties LLC has purchased the Harro East Athletic Club from Kenneth Fournier for an undisclosed amount of money. Harro East Properties LLC owns the Harro East Building where the 45,000 square-foot club is located. Plans include consolidating the front desk with the juice bar and pro shop, adding new cardiovascular exercise equipment, updating lighting on the racquetball courts and offering new fitness classes. Renovations will cost an estimated $100,000 and should be completed by the end of summer. The club currently has about 800 members and hopes to add another 200 to 300. (4/14)

Rochester-- The city's new festival area is scheduled to open in May. The festival area, which cost $450,000 to complete, is located next to the renovated Gorsline Building on Commercial Street. The new site replaces the "Festival Tent" on Capron Street near the Geva Theatre. The tent closed at the end of the 1995 summer season. The new festival area is part of the city's $25 million investment to create the High Falls Entertainment District. (4/17)

Rochester-- A new high-end eatery is opening at the site of the former Harry's Bar & Grill. David Alkaher plans to open Sienna in the corner space at 151 St. Paul Street in mid-June. The Rochester native signed a 12-year lease for the space owned by Atrium Associates. Sienna currently seats 60. Plans are to open the basement of the building, which seats 55, in October to host corporate functions and parties. Alkaher is hiring 15 to 18 full-time employees. Dinner hours will run from 4 to 10 p.m. (6/2) go to top

1st Quarter 2000

Brighton-- The Planning Board has approved the Meridian Centre Park expansion plan with some modifications. The plan calls for the 38-acre southern parcels known as B and D, to be developed into a combination of a nature preserve and playing fields. The board stipulated that the plan would be built in two phases. Phase One, to begin next year calls for the installation of softball and soccer fields and a loop trail with benches through the woods in lower portion of Parcel B. A proposed 120-car parking lot originally outlined in the plan was eliminated. Instead, the board decided to upgrade an existing trail from the parking lot to the head of the newly approved woodland loop trail on Parcel B. It will be resurfaced with asphalt to bring it up to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (12/29)

Canandaigua-- Construction is scheduled to start in June on Roseland Waterpark, a $17 million facility on man-made Muar Lake off Routes 5 and 20. Roseland will be built by Paradise Waterparks, a private company founded by Victor resident Stephen Satterwhite, but owned by the Canandaigua Recreation Development Corp., a nonprofit entity created by the Canandaigua City Council. The Rochester Fund, a $5 billion area investment company is investing $15 million in the project. In addition, $1.5 million to $2 million is coming from small local investors. Canandaigua will build $400,000 in infrastructure connections to the site. (2/9)

Canandaigua-- Messenger Post Newspapers has purchased the 6,300-circulation Gates-Chili News, a weekly paper in western Monroe County. With the addition of the News, the total paid circulation of Messenger Post papers is 60,000. The Messenger Post declined to give details about acquisition costs. (12/30)

Irondequoit-- Wilmorite Inc. is seeking planning board approval for a 70-room Holiday Inn and International House of Pancakes restaurant. The $4 million project would be built in a corner section of the Irondequoit Mall parking lot at Goodman Street and Route 104. The Holiday Inn would be the first hotel or motel in Irondequoit in 60 years. The hotel and restaurant combined would employ 80 people and could generate $275,000 in tax revenue for Monroe County. (2/26)

Perinton-- The U.S. Postal Service has signed a 20-year lease for the former location of the Perkins Family Restaurant, 6760 Pittsford-Palmyra Road, at Perinton Square Mall. The 4,100 square-foot freestanding building has been vacant for two years. Once the former restaurant site is renovated, the Ayrault Road site will close to the public and will serve primarily as an in-house facility for letter carriers. (2/3)

Pittsford-- Nazareth College of Rochester expects to invest more than $19 million in development of its campus over the next several years. The college plans to build new facilities and renovate existing ones through either acquiring adjacent land from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester or by making do with its existing campus. Incoming freshman enrollment numbers have increased 57% while total full and part-time enrollment of undergraduates and graduate students has risen ~ 29%. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2001. (12/31,1/19)

Rochester-- The Rochester Rhinos have hired Kansas City-based HOK Sports Facilities Group to design their $44 million multipurpose facility. There are four potential sites for the 20,000 + seat stadium. The team hopes to break ground this summer and be playing in the stadium for the 2001 season. (1/11)

Victor-- Victor developer RKH Golf plans to start construction on an 18-hole public golf course north of the village by the New York State Thruway this spring. The course will be located between Lynaugh Road and Brownsville Road. Plans include a two-story, 9,000 square-foot clubhouse and pro shop, a maintenance building and lighted driving range. The 190-acre golf club and course should be open in July 2001. RKH received planning board approval for the project last month. (3/1) go to top

4th Quarter 1999

Brighton-- The parish at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church on Edgewood Avenue has broken ground on their new parish center. The $1.1 million project will include dedicated classroom spaces for religion classes, offices, a meeting space, and a new kitchen. More than 50% of the building is paid for. The church held a fund drive and has raised more than $600,000 in pledges. (12/1)

Brockport-- Ralph and Joyce Dollinger received approval to open a 40-room Holiday Inn Express on South Lake Road. The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency granted the project $57,854 in sales and property tax abatements. The county anticipates the hotel will generate $327,638 in property taxes during its first 10 years in operation. The hotel will cost about $1.8 million to build and could bring 10 full-time and 10 part-time jobs to the county within three years. Brockport has one other hotel, a 39-room EconoLodge on Route 31. (10/20)

Canandaigua-- The city has received state approval for $24,400 in easement for Steamboat Landing restaurant project on the north end of Canandaigua Lake. The easements, for water, sewer, and electrical lines, needed the OK from state lawmakers because the work will be done at Kershaw Park, which is public land. Developer, Chris Iversen is part owner of Royal Lines Ltd., which operates the Canandaigua Lady tour boat. The conference center, to be built on land east of the Canandaigua Outlet off Lakeshore Drive, will be 12,600 square feet with an additional 1,300 square feet of deck space. The restaurant will set 135, and the Steamboat Landing kitchen will cater meals for Canandaigua Lady passengers. Ivensen has received $2.1 million in financing help from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (10/7)

Canandaigua-- The Board of Supervisors approved the long-range planning process for a new jail for Ontario County and bonding for the first $1.5 million. The 240-bed project will become part of the county's Capital Improvement Plan, with a cap of $25 million. Including principle and interest, the total cost with 20 years of bonded payments would be $47 million. County finance officers stated it would cost more money to not build a new jail because of renovations needed at the main jail on Ontario Street and the cost of housing out inmates to other jails. The architectural contract for designing the jail has not been awarded. (11/19)

Greece-- Plans to build the new 35,000 square-foot library on the Town Hall Campus, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., are on schedule. Construction of the building will begin in March 2000. The $3.5 million facility will replace the Mitchell Road and Patty Hill libraries, which are scheduled to close in June and October, respectively. (11/18)

Irondequoit-- Lockport Savings Bank has filed applications with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the state Banking Department to open a branch in Georgetown Plaza, 1000 East Ridge Road. The Niagara County-based bank expects to open the office in December in space formerly occupied by First National Bank. It will be Lockport Savings' first Rochester-based branch and its 20th overall. (10/13)

Mendon-- The Town Hall restoration project was delay by stipulations from the Planning Board and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to reconstruct a retaining wall between Honeoye Creek and the 108-year-old building. The delay & added demands raised the cost of the project from $82,470 to $120,470. The total amount of the contract for the Town Hall restoration project is $160,000, and federal funds will pay for ~ $90,500. The state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation will pay ~ $6,500 and the town will pay $63,000. The restoration project completion date is set for December 31. (9/28)

Perinton-- Canandaigua National Bank & Trust will open a branch in the former M&T Bank location in Perinton Square Mall the second week of January. The branch will be the fifth one opened in the last year. Canandaigua National is the only local full-service commercial community bank in the region, with 750 to 800 shareholders throughout the county. (12/1)

Perinton-- Construction of the new retail post office at the former location of Perkins Family Restaurant, on Route 31, is expected to start in December. The Postal Service originally had intended to add 11,000 square-feet to the existing 6,000 square-foot Ayrault Road site, but town officials stated it was too much for that location. Once the former Perkins site is renovated, the Ayrault Road site will close to the public and will serve primarily as an in-house facility for letter carriers. (9/29)

Rochester-- Mark IV Construction's plans to build an upscale complex of apartments, extended-stay hotel suites and retail shops in the East End cultural district have stalled. The company has yet to secure financing for the seven-story building, estimated to cost $10 million to $12 million. Cultural Center Commission has declined to further extend a contract with the developer that included the East Avenue property and a $1.5 million low-interest loan. The Commission is reviewing other proposals for development at the site. The site is adjacent to the East End parking garage and is within walking distance of the Eastman Theatre and a collection of popular bars, restaurants, and shops. (11/2)

Rochester-- The University Club building at 26 Broadway is undergoing renovations to become a 25-room inn and restaurant with conference-room accessibility. Upstate National Bank is working with several investors to develop the project. Plans call for more than $1 million to be invested in renovations that include building a second kitchen and a handicapped-accessible entrance. The inn will offer 25 overnight rooms on the top two floors of the tour-story, 30,000 square-foot building. LeCesse Construction Co. is doing the first phase of the renovation project. (10/15)

Rochester-- City Council approved a $350,000 proposal to create a water sports center at Genesee Valley Park. The preliminary plans include new boat launch ramps and docks, bike paths and walkways, and the conversion of a maintenance facility into a waterway center. The city will take on debt of $250,000 to finance the largest portion of the project. It will also use a $100,000 grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Council also approved a $45,000 contract with Cavendish Partnership for the design of the project. The plans are expected to be completed in October. Construction is to be completed by May 2000. The project is part of an effort to revitalize the city's Genesee River waterfront. (9/16)

Rochester-- Lake Ontario Fast Ferry Inc., the venture hoping to launch two vessels linking Rochester and Toronto in 2001, plans to form a U.S. corporation and move its base from Toronto to Rochester once a launch date for the ferry service is secure. LOFF would employ approximately 300 workers, including crews for the two ferries, on-shore personnel to man facilities in Rochester and Toronto, and support staff at the Rochester headquarters. (11/2)

Rochester-- The old Rochester Hotel, a 91-year old building at West Main Street and Plymouth Avenue is scheduled to come down on December 18th. The former hotel is being demolished to make way for a parking lot. (12/17) go to top

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Brighton-- The town, along with the Genesee Land Trust, purchased Corbett's Glen from Brigadoon Inc. for $287,500. The land trust contributed $75,000 of the purchase price, with the balance coming from the town. The glen is located on the Brighton-Penfield town line on Glen Road. The 18-acre area, bisected by Allens Creek, will remain as a "forever wild" park. (6/30)

Canandaigua-- Developer, Chris Iversen has received state approval for plans to build a restaurant and conference center on city land that is part of Kershaw Park. The state Assembly and the Senate approved bills granting Royal Lines Ltd. permission to use space in the public park to build Steamboat Landing restaurant and conference center. Construction on Steamboat Landing is scheduled to begin this fall. The center will be a 12,600 square-foot facility with an additional 1,300 square feet of deck space. The restaurant will have seating capacity for 135 patrons. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has granted Iversen $2.1 million to build the landing. (6/24)

Farmington-- Al Lent, a Fairport developer, has submitted preliminary plans to build an 81,360 square-foot sports dome on 5.5 acres of vacant land on Beaver Creek Road across from the Finger Lakes Race Track and next to Sledgehammers restaurant and night club. The plans call for a 60 to 70 foot tall, air supported structure that would house a 70-yard golf driving range and an inline hockey rink. A small building attached to the dome would house locker rooms, an office, snack shop and an entrance to a patio leading to an 18-hole, upscale miniature golf course outside. Pending Town Board approval, Lent hopes to open the Finger Lakes Sports Dome complex by January 1st. (8/5)

Geneseo-- Construction is scheduled to start by the end of July on Noyes Memorial Hospital's $6 million medical center. The 33,000 square-foot facility will be located on a 10.7 acre site owned by the hospital along Route 20A. The Geneseo Ambulatory Care Center is being designed for outpatient needs. The After Hours Care Center that the hospital runs east of the village will move to the new center. (7/14)

Greece-- The U.S. Postal Service plans to build a 27,000 square-foot facility just west of the Wegmans grocery store, near the intersection of Latta and Long Pond roads. The new facility is scheduled to open within 12 to 18 months. The Postal Service is a federal agency and is exempt from town codes and ordinances related to building, zoning and planning. (7/15, 9/2)

Henrietta-- The Town Board sold the Riverton Golf Course and added ~ 80 acres to town holdings. The board voted to sell the golf course for $509,238 to Joseph C. DeMino Inc, the company that currently manages the course and to purchase the Tirabassi Farm on Martin Road for $250,000. DeMino's bid waived the family's right to $60,000 in the town's course improvement fund. (9/8)

Hopewell-- Hudson Hotels Corp., a Rochester based management company, added the Budget Lodge-Finger Lakes Motor Inn to the list of hotels it operates in the Canandaigua lakefront area. Budge Lodge owners reached an agreement with Hudson Hotels to take over the daily management of the lodge. Hudson Hotels, formerly known as Microtel Franchising and Development, has a similar arrangement with the owners of the Canandaigua Inn on the Lake on South Main Street and the Econo Lodge on Routes 5 and 20. (7/21)

Penfield-- Delveloper, CPC Golf has given the town 22 acres of land near the Town Hall in exchange for permission to operate an 18 hole golf complex aimed at adults. The donated land, which would be used as parkland, lies near the southwest corner of Penfield Center Road and Route 250. The 33-acre parcel where the CPC Golf would build the complex is located across the street. The Town Board's acceptance of the 22 acres was the town's first use of a 1995 incentive zoning law. (8/13)

Rochester-- New Faith Community approved buying a structure located at 120 Franklin Street for a new community outreach. The faith group that broke away from Corpus Christi Church paid $115,000 for the Grace of God Recovery House. The house will be an outreach for needy men and administered by Sister of St. Joseph Margie Henninger. (6/29)

South Bristol-- Bristol Mountain Resort announced a $4.2 million expansion project over the next five to seven years in order to become a year round, not seasonal, tourist destination. The project has received a $125,000 infrastructure grant and a $125,000 loan from Empire State Development. The investment is expected to create 70 full-time jobs over the next five years. The improvement plan will include replacing the existing chair lift with a $2 million high-speed lift, upgrading the 35 year-old facilities, an 18-hole golf course and mountaintop restaurant. The first phase of the project is expected to begin in early July 1999. (6/20)

Spencerport-- Construction of the new 6,500 square-foot post office on the south corner of Amity and Union streets is approximately 30% complete. Wegman Specialties, a local developer, is building the facility. A major feature of the building will be a postal store; the current post office, housed in a 4,250 square-foot building at 174 Union St., does not have a retail section. The project completion date is late November. (7/27)

Webster-- Webster Community Sports Complex, the town's first ice rink is open to the public. The new rink is the product of three years of planning, nine months of construction and $2.2 million, most of it raised privately. The 46,000 square-foot building, at 865 Publishers Parkway, includes regulation ice under a 35-foot roof, locker rooms, and a pro shop. (8/5)

Webster-- Town officials will spend $550,000 to buy 50 acres of land north of Route 104 for future use as a park. The town will pay off the loan in five years by using revenue from a $700 recreation fee now included in the cost of building permits for new homes. The purchase came as part of an initiative from the Parks and Recreation Department to expand the town's park holdings. The two properties are located between Gravel Road and Maple Drive and are assessed by the town at $87,300 and $62,800 respectively. (8/6)

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Canandaigua-- Developer, Steven Satterwhite has received City Council approval for construction of a $15 million water park on West Muar Lake. Satterwhite's plan has two phases: the construction of Roseland WaterPark and a privately funded resort hotel with an indoor water park. City Officials will set up a non-profit, municipal corporation called the Canandaigua Recreation Development Corp. to oversee building and development of the park. The corporation will float $15 million in bonds to fund the water park. City council approved a taxpayer investment of as much as $400,000 to provide roads and utilities for the proposed park. Satterwhite will purchase 20 to 23 acres of land and 30 acres of the lake for $600,000. The Roseland name comes from a former city amusement park which closed in 1985. (4/29, 5/7)

Henrietta-- The American Red Cross has submitted a proposal to the Planning Board to build a $12 million laboratory that will process blood and distribute it across upstate New York and parts of Pennsylvania. The Red Cross plans to build the facility at University Park of Rochester on John Street, create 150 jobs and have a total work force of 250 by next year. The Red Cross cited easy access to Interstate 390 and the New York State Thruway as reasons for their choice of location. (3/24)

Palmyra-- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has received site plan approval to build a Mormon temple on the border between Manchester, Ontario County, and Palmyra, Wayne County. The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special use permit, necessary because the property targeted for the proposed 11,000 square-foot temple is in an agricultural zone. The special use permit requires the Church to submit a master plan detailing plans for its properties within two years of the issuing of the permit. The Palmyra Temple is the 100th temple to be built by the faith since its founding in 1830. (4/21, 5/18)

Penfield-- The Planning Board granted approval for Tennessee developer Gary Price to build (2) five-story hotels on 5.6 acres off Panorama Trail, just north of Route 441. The Hilton Garden Inn will be a 158-room, full service hotel. The other will be a five-story, 82-room, extended-stay Mainstay Suites. Both hotels will be built on the site across the highway from a Marriott Courtyard. The estimated costs for building the two hotels is $17.5 million. (4/10)

Pittsford-- St. John Fisher College has received the final approval necessary to begin building an athletic stadium with lights. College officials hope to have the new 2,100-seat stadium ready for the fall sports season. The Planning Board granted a special permit and gave final site plan approval for a $12 million campus improvement proposal that also includes new classrooms, changes to parking lots, and upgrades of existing fields. The project is the first of a three- to five-year plan designed to accommodate a growing student body and update the college's technical resources. (4/27)

Pittsford-- The Village Planning Board has approved final site plans for the Del Monte Lodge, a luxury hotel and restaurant complex on North Main Street in the village. The plans call for a "business hotel" with 101 rooms. The old railroad depot, located to the right of the hotel, will house a 124-seat restaurant and lounge that will accommodate up to 40 patrons, a small board room, a smoking room and a terrace with room for 25 people. To the left of the hotel, a gatehouse complex is being built that will include a casual restaurant overlooking the Erie Canal. The Del Monte Corp. is anticipating a September opening. (4/7)

Rochester-- The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority plans to construct a new downtown bus station on Mortimer Street. The agency announced it would spend a $1 million federal grant it received last year for design work and an environmental review of the proposed site. The projects estimated cost is about $30 million. The federal government has authorized $25 million for the project. Groundbreaking will depend on obtaining the federal funds. The transit authority also is seeking $4 million from the state for the project. The proposed site is on Mortimer Street between Clinton Avenue and St. Paul Street. The terminal building would be constructed on property now occupied by a parking garage on the south side of the street. Officials hope to complete construction within the next two to four years. (6/4)

Chili-- Roberts Wesleyan College has adopted a master plan which includes constructing a new dormitory to house 200 students; raising the resident population to 786, building a two-story, 30,000 square-foot community services center, renovating Carpenter Hall as academic offices, conversion of the upper level of athletic center into a student union and building a new soccer field and outdoor track. All elements of the plan could cost as much as $23 million. Officials at the college do not want to go into debt and will not build unless they can raise money from supporters to pay for each project. The college has raised $1.8 million in gifts and pledges to pay for the construction on a 5,500 square-foot expansion of Garlock Dining Commons, which will increase seating capacity by 150 people to more than 600. The college anticipates a completion date of 2007 for the planned projects. (5/24)

Rochester-- Rochester-based Niteen Hotels, LLC has purchased the 155-room Rochester Airport Inn from Rochester Holdings, LP, of Houston TX for an undisclosed price. The property, located at the gateway to the Rochester International Airport, includes a restaurant, lounge, ballroom, and function rooms, and is situated on a 9.8-acre commercially zoned parcel. The new owner plans in excess of $2 million in renovations for the hotel. (5/17)

Rochester-- Planners are hoping to start construction on a Port of Rochester development project later this year. Rochester's four-year $60 million development project, of which $24 million has already been secured, is being funded by the city, the county, the state and federal government transportation departments. Approximately 60% of the $24 million is federal money. The first phase involves the $12.3 million reconstruction of Lake Avenue between Burley Road and Lake Ontario State Parkway. The plans also include closing Beach Avenue between the Genesee River and Lake Avenue and turning it into a landscaped walkway. The second phase of the project depends on the proposed fast-ferry service. Lake Ontario Fast Ferry is planning to run two 300-foot catamarans several times each day between Rochester and Toronto. Each ferry would hold 800 people and as many as 180 vehicles. Lake Ontario Fast Ferry Corp. is seeking federal assistance to finalize its $200 million proposal. A terminal for the fast ferry is included in the city's plan. The project would cost $14 million and would include the terminal building, customs facilities, parking and dredging the river. Other plans for the port include a marina for boats sailing into Rochester, a parking garage and improvements to Ontario Beach Park and River Road. (5/27, 6/1, 6/2)

Waterloo-- The Seneca Woods Residential Program, a treatment center for 224 youths with behavioral problems, will open next year at the Seneca Army Depot. The facility will be run by the nonprofit KidsPeace of Orefield, Pa. KidsPeace, which runs 25 programs nationwide, will invest $8 million to $10 million to convert 10 buildings on 185 acres. A staff of about 360 will treat youths between the ages of 10 and 18 that will live at the center. Services are expected to cost $4,000 to $5,000 per child, per month. At the southern end of the depot campus, a new $180 million maximum-security prison is expected to create about 1,000 jobs. The 750-cell prison for 1,500 inmates is scheduled to open in the summer of 2000. The Seneca Army Depot is to close officially in 2001. (5/14)

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1st Quarter 1999

Brighton-- The Town Board has approved the purchase of Corbett's Glen, 18-acres of land which straddles the Penfield-Brighton border near Route 441. In a partnership with the Genesee Land Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving open space, Brighton will buy the land from Brigadoon Corp. and preserve the land as a wildlife park. The project will cost $287,000, with the town contributing $260,000 from its Open Space Acquisition Fund. The rest of the money will be raised through private donations and pledges from the Genesee Land Fund. (1/6)

Canandaigua-- The VA national headquarters in Washington, D.C. has announced a reduction-in-staff proposal for its medical centers because of cutbacks in federal funding. Job cuts for the Canandaigua facility include the number of registered nurses to be cut from six to five, nursing assistants to be cut from 25 to 17, and the number of licensed practical nurses to be cut from 11 to six. The VA has been reduced from ~ 1,200 employees to 835. The number of inpatient beds has decreased from 750 to 308. The news comes as the VA implements an adult day health care program for its veterans. The daily cost of caring for a veteran in a VA nursing home, including pharmaceuticals, is $230. Day care at a community facility ranges from $45 to $90. (12/28)

Canandaigua-- Developer, Steven Satterwhite has proposed a $10 million Roseland Waterpark on West Muar Lake. The "public-private venture" has been submitted to the City Council for approval. Satterwhite's plan has two phases: the construction of Roseland WaterPark and a privately funded resort hotel with an indoor waterpark. Ontario County Developers are seeking a separate entity to obtain the funding for the project. Rochester businessman Cortland Brovitz is the principle owner of the two properties that make up the 133-acre Park project, which is assessed at $858,000. (1/17)

Canandaigua-- Thompson Hospital has received approval for a 40,000 square-foot addition. Included in the expansion is a new 10,000 square-foot cancer center. Thompson will collaborate with Rochester based Strong Health to build the center at the hospital's site on Parrish Street. The center will be on the ground floor of a four-story addition on the west side of the hospital. Final cost estimates for the project are not yet available. Thompson Hospital, Interlakes Oncology and Hemotology, and Strong Health will jointly finance the addition. (1/26)

Fairport-- The Restoration Fellowship Church, 70 W. Church St., is considering the Crosman Center, at 42 East Ave., as its new home. The village of Fairport owns the building that is assessed at $55,000. Another party interested in the Crosman Center is the Fine Arts Multimedia Education Center. The FAME Center would use the building to hold dance, theater, and music classes. The building had been vacant since October of 1997.

Greece-- The town announced plans to construct a new 30,000 to 40,000 square-foot library on the campus of Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd. Work on the estimated $3.5 million project is expected to begin this fall and be completed during 2000. The new library, to be funded through a capital improvement project bond, will be located southwest of the current Town Hall. The town announced its decision to close Mitchell Road Library at 2505 W. Ridge Road and eliminate the Paddy Hill branch to make room for a new central library. The Barnard's Crossing branch will remain open. (2/4)

Henrietta-- Town officials are considering selling Riverton Golf Club, a public nine-hole golf course on Scottsville-West Henrietta Road, to DiMino family. The DiMino's have been managing the golf club under a 20-year lease agreement with the town. The golf course is assessed at $252,400 and provides the town 10% of the course's greens fees - approximately $15,000 to $20,000 a year. The DiMino family plans to expand the course to 18 holes. (3/1)

Henrietta-- Rochester Institute of Technology plans to build a boathouse for its rowing crew on Fairwood Drive adjacent to the Racquet Club student apartment complex. Currently, RIT and the University of Rochester share a boathouse in Genesee Valley Park. The project will cost $665,000 and will financed completely by private donations. Before RIT can begin construction, the school needs to obtain a zoning variance from the town. (1/21)

Hopewell-- The Rochester Broadway Theatre League, as part of its three-year contract proposal to Ontario County and Finger Lakes Community College, is negotiating with county and college officials to increase the shell's lawn seating by 2,500. The facility, including the shell and lawn, has a total seating capacity of 12,737; 3,000 seats under the shell. (1/12)

Irondequoit-- The Helmer Nature Center has received a donation of 1.2 acres off Oakridge Drive from a town resident. The land connects with another donated five-acre parcel, called the Beech Knoll. The nature center, run by the West Irondequoit school district, primarily teaches environmental and historical programs. (2/3)

Naples-- Work is under way on an 18-hole public golf course that will open in the spring of 2000. The 169-acre facility will feature a clubhouse with dining area, pro shop, maintenance building and snack shop. Owner, Diane Kochendorfer of Ontario, Canada, received site plan approval in March of 1997 on the $400,000 parcel. Kochendorfer has received special financing through a Federal Economic Development program aimed at assisting women and minorities in purchasing businesses. (12/19)

Palmyra-- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will build a Mormon temple on the border between Manchester, Ontario County, and Palmyra, Wayne County. It is expected to regularly draw thousands of Mormons from throughout Western and Central New York. The Palmyra Temple is the 100th temple to be built by the faith since its founding in 1830. (2/15)

Penfield-- The Planning Board granted approval for Tennessee developer Gary Price to build (2) five-story hotels on six acres off Panorama Trail, just north of Route 441. The Hilton Garden Inn will be a 158-room, full service hotel. The other will be an 82-room, extended-stay Mainstay Suites. Both hotels will be built on the site across the highway from a Marriott Courtyard. Developers still need architectural and layout approvals. (1/29)

Penfield-- The new 20,000 square-foot post office has opened at 2080 Nine Mile Point Road, north of the intersection with Route 441. The building features a 24-hour-a-day lobby, making access to post office boxes and stamp vending machines more convenient. (2/17)

Pittsford-- The town has revealed a plan for the construction of a $1.8 million courthouse on North Main Street in the village. A purchase agreement for $209,000 was signed with Dr. Lawrence Tilis for the vacant property at 10 N. Main Street. An 8,400 square-foot, two-story structure is proposed for the .23 acre site. Plans are still in the preliminary stages. (1/13)

Rochester-- The performing arts task force, a committee studying the feasibility of a downtown performing arts center, has presented their recommendations to County Executive Jack Doyle and Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. The report suggests building a new art facility in an area bordered on the west by Main Street and Clinton Avenue and on the east by the Inner Loop. The area extends the East End cultural district west to include Midtown Plaza. The committee stated the Eastman Theatre should be fart of the complex. Doyle and Johnson must now decide whether to proceed with the project and to lobby New York state for $40 million of the estimated $90 million venture. (2/20,3/4)

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4th Quarter 1998

Bristol-- Construction has begun on a new clubhouse at Bristol Harbour Golf & Resort. Co-owner, David Flaum of Rochester, one of the investors who bought the property last year under a reorganization plan in U.S. Bankruptcy court, said the 11,500 square-foot building would be complete in the spring. (11/4)

Canandaigua-- The proposed $10 million Roseland Water Park to be built north of Routes 5 and 20 and West Muar Lake has been stalled. Ontario County Developers are seeking a separate entity to obtain the funding for the project. A "public-private venture" has been proposed to the city and county and if rejected, the project may have to be postponed indefinitely. Rochester businessman Cortland Brovitz is the principle owner of the two properties that make up the 133-acre Park project, which is assessed at $858,000. (10/27, 10/29)

Canandaigua-- Developer Chris Iversen's proposal for the Steamboat Landing conference center and restaurant has received Planning Board approval. The project will be completed under the auspices of Royal Lines Limited, the company that owns and operates the Canandaigua Lady tour boat. Plans for Steamboat Landing include a 12,600 square-foot restaurant and 1,300 square-foot outdoor deck space. The restaurant will seat 135 people. Iversen is waiting on the $2.1 million loan approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the project. (10/7)

Churchville-- Plans to build a municipal building that would house town and village offices is moving ahead. The proposed Churchville-Riga project must be voted on by town and village residents. Initial plans call for an 8,400 square-foot, two-story building on a 3-acre site owned by the village. The parcel stretches from the village parking lot on South Main Street north to East Buffalo Street (Route 33) near the Black Creek bridge. The joint venture of Christa Construction and MRB Group, a Penfield-based design, engineering, and surveying firm, is among those under consideration. (9/30)

Darien Lake-- Darien Lake Amusement Park and Resort is undergoing a $20 million expansion along with a new name, Six Flags Darien Lake. Planned improvements include a new $12 million "Superman-Ride of Steel" roller coaster, a new 1,000-seat theater for a live "Batman/Robin Thrill Show", the "Looney Tunes Movie Shop" store and an expanded children's area called "Looney Tunes Seaport". Darien's owner, Oklahoma based Premier Parks Inc., acquired the Six Flags amusement parks in April for $1.86 billion. Premier, is the world's second-largest theme park operator behind Walt Disney Co. Attendance at Darien Lake has risen 38% to an estimated 1.4 million, since it was acquired by Premier Parks in 1995. (10/29)

Farmington-- The Cobblestone Arts Center is planning to build a 30,000 square-foot facility on Route 332. Cobblestone officials have already secured a mortgage for the $4 million arts facility, which will be built on 5 acres purchased 13 years ago by Lorene Flora-Benson, the executive director of the center. Center officials have also secured credit for the lot and house next door, which will cost $270,000. They plan to lease the house for the time being. Cobblestone was awarded a $50,000 grant through the state Community Enhancement Facilities Assistance Program. (11/17)

Greece-- C & A Playmates has requested a special-use permit to operate a juice bar with nude dancers, a lingerie shop, coffee shop, and cigar lounge at 1485 Mt. Read Blvd. A portion of the property lies within the city of Rochester and part lies within Greece borders. The application has been submitted to the city. Greece code requires that adult-entertainment businesses locate in areas zoned for industrial uses. The proposed site is located in an Industrial zone, where a retail operation would not be allowed. Adult-entertainment businesses include bookstores, cabarets, and entertainment. (10/29)

Henrietta-- The new post office, located at 25 Goodburlet Road, at the corner of East Henrietta Road is scheduled to open by the end of January 1999. The new 8,700 square-foot facility will offer a lobby that is open 24 hours a day, a postal store, vending machines, and improved parking. The new building will replace an outdated facility at the corner of Lehigh Station and East Henrietta roads. (12/2)

Henrietta-- Rochester Institute of Technology proposes to build a campus apartment complex for 500 students at an estimated cost of $17 million. The apartments are part of an extensive building campaign underway at RIT to deal with increasing student enrollment and the physical problems of the 30-year-old campus. In addition to the apartment complex, these other projects at the college are underway: renovations and expansion of the Gleason College of Engineering at an estimated cost of $12.7 million, rehabilitation of the soccer field and running track at an estimated cost of $900,000, and construction of a high-tech visitor center in the ground floor of the Bausch and Lomb Building at an estimated cost of $750,000. (11/8)

Henrietta-- The Monroe County Fair and Recreation Association rejected a county proposal to make changes in the way the Dome Arena and Monroe County Fairgrounds are run. The County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, created by the state, is a county agency formed to enhance economic development by offering low-interest loans and an array of tax breaks to local businesses. COMIDA officials had recommended that MCFRA accept loans to renovate and modernize existing buildings; reconfigure, expand, pave and light parking areas; outsource management and operations to the facility to a professional management firm; sell or lease about half of MCFRA's 80 acres of land to help finance the costs of renovations and improvements; and allow COMIDA to develop a specific business and financing plan and oversee the implementation of the project. There were two plans to make improvements to the MCFRA's property, costing $2.6 million and $6.5 million, respectively. (10/7)

Irondequoit-- The Congregation of the Christian Brothers is negotiating to sell Bishop Kearney High School to its board of directors. Officials couldn't specify the purchase price but said that one option to finance such a transaction would be through bonds. Bishop Kearney will follow McQuaid Jesuit High School and Aquinas Institute in changing ownership from an order to laypeople. (11/4)

Perinton-- U.S. Postal Service officials announced plans for a new post office. The two preferred sites for a new postal store are in town, at the intersection of Routes 250 and 31, or in the village of Fairport, also somewhere along Route 250. Postal authorities plan a limited, 6,000 square-foot expansion at its operation at Ayrault and Moseley roads, converting it to a carrier route sorting station. The new, 5,000 square-foot store, which would be built on ~ 2 acres, would offer services such as the sale of stamps and envelopes. It would include 50 parking spaces. The new office would also offer a 24-hour lobby with lock boxes and drive-through-style post office boxes. (10/22)

Perinton-- Work is progressing on the new PeopleSoft Animal Care and Education Center at Lollypop Farm. PeopleSoft, a California-based company, gave a large donation to get the building off the ground. The Humane Society recently reached the $3.9 million mark of its capital campaign drive, just short of its $4.2 million goal needed to finance construction of the 42,000 square-foot building. PaeTec Communication Inc. of Fairport, contributed $500,000 for construction of a year-round barn, to be located next to the new building. The barn is scheduled for completion in March 1999. (12/2)

Pittsford-- The board of trustees of St. John Fisher College approved a resolution for a $12 million building project. This is the first part of a larger master facilities plan that will take place on campus through the year 2001. The approved funds will be used to enhance both the academic and athletic facilities of the college. The first phase of the renovation and expansion of the campus will be completed by September 1999. (10/28)

Rochester-- The Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority and government officials are negotiating with the owners of Midtown Plaza as a possible location for a transit center. The proposed bus terminal will serve as a hub for RGRTA buses and for private long-haul bus lines such as Greyhound and Bluebird. The agency has obtained $25 million in federal transportation funds and is attempting to secure $5 million in state money for construction of a 24-bay bus terminal. (10/14)

Rochester-- Visual Studies Workshop launched a $350,000 campaign to turn its 1915 auditorium into a 300-seat hall. VSW wants to raise the money and renovate the space at 31 Prince St. by next summer. The hall would serve up to 20 small-to-medium size art and school groups. Possible uses include musical and theatrical performances, programs for film-makers and photographer and town meetings. (10/13)

Victor-- The Zoning Board is scheduled to hear a proposal presented by Bruce Boncke, of the Fairport based consulting firm of Boncke, Mueller, Edwards Associates, for a public golf course on 186 acres between the state Thruway and Lynaugh Road. The proposed 18-hole course would include a small clubhouse and open shelter to accommodate up to 200 persons for tournaments and social events. Boncke is representing an unknown golf course developer, whose company is known as R.K.H. Golf. (11/7)

Victor-- Pelusio, Spoeleta and Caruso, a partnership of three men from the Rochester area, have applied for a variance to convert a house located at 250 and 260 W. Main St. into an office and show 40 to 50 cars on a now-vacant lot outside. A variance is needed before the men can proceed with the project because the land is zoned business commercial, which prohibits used car lots. The group said it plans to make $30,000 in improvements at the site, which include remodeling the house. The house will be replaced by a 7,000 square-foot showroom and office building in about two years, allowing some of the vehicles to be brought inside. A three-car garage on the property will be used to service vehicles that are to be sold. Because the property is located along a state highway, the issue must also be brought before the Ontario County Planning Board. (9/23)

Webster-- Webster's new ice-skating facility is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in February 1999. The 46,000 square-foot facility will cost about $2.2 million to build. It is being funded by private donations. It will include a regulation ice rink, two meeting rooms, an exercise room, locker rooms, a concession stand, and pro shop. The facility will be open for youth hockey, public skating, and local groups. It will serve as home ice for the Webster and Penfield high school hockey teams. The project will also include construction of two soccer fields, one lighted. The Webster Community Arena Association, a nonprofit organization made up of parents and other residents and local business owner Bill Boulter of Boulter Rigging, developed the idea into a plan. Boulter is arranging financing and providing the land, across from Thomas Middle School. (9/30)

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3rd Quarter 1998

Batavia-- Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. announced plans to acquire Batavia Downs, the Genesee County harness-racing track for $2.8 million. New York's six OTB's are independent public-benefit corporations that pass all of their profits to municipalities in their region. Monroe County and Rochester last year received $1.1 million and $550,000, respectively from OTB operations.

Brighton-- Gianniny Associates, the developers of Linden Oaks, has offered $200,000 to the town in exchange for rezoning the land, which straddles the Brighton-Penfield line. Town officials would use the money to buy parkland on the east side of Brighton. The proposed Linden Oaks would bring a 100-room hotel, two office buildings, and a restaurant to the area near Linden Avenue and Route 441. Developers would build a road from the intersection of Interstate 490 and Route 441 to Linden Oaks. Gianniny Associates would pay for improvements to the Linden Oaks - Route 441 intersection. (7/9)

Brighton-- Construction is nearing completion on Monroe Community College's $13 million, 170,000 square-foot sports complex. Eastman Kodak Co. has bought the naming rights to the sports complex and main arena, renaming the Empire Sports Centre the ESL Sports Centre. ESL paid $60,000 for the naming rights for the next 10 years. (8/19)

Brockport-- Deerfield Country Club is in the middle of a five-year, $700,000 renovation project. New owner Michael Protos hopes to return the club to its former state by overhauling the 27-hole golf course. Sales rose 22% last year as a direct result of the upgrades. (8/14)

Canandaigua-- Representatives from the Amerada Hess Corp. announced plans to demolish the current structure on Lake Shore Blvd. and rebuild it with a motif to match Kershaw renovations. The city has spent roughly $4 million to renovate the lakefront park and roadway. The new building will be set farther back from the street with a 42' by 102' canopy, covering the store's gasoline pumps, extending from a side of the store. The project will take approximately four months to complete. (9/4)

Chili-- Monroe County Executive, Jack Doyle, has proposed buying the historic Streeter's Inn building and adding it to the county's Black Creek Park. The 187-year-old, two-story brick building would become the headquarters of the Chili Historical Society. The society would maintain the building at 4145 Union Street. Doyle has asked the legislature to accept the $154,000 sale offer and amend the 1998-2003 Capital Improvement Program and the 1998 capital budget to pay for it. (8/21)

Fairport-- The village's Urban Renewal/Industrial Development Agency has purchased a nine-acre plot of land for $50,000 from Conrail. The land runs along the north set of railroad tracks on North Main Street from Turk Hill Road to Barnum Street in the village. The UR/IDA plans to clean up and develop the land into a parking lot. (6/17)

Greece-- The Town Board voted to turn the property at 2505 W. Ridge Road, home of the Greece Memorial Town Hall, over to its local development corporation, Munipro. State laws prohibit the town from dealing with private developers, and Munipro was created to handle any leasing of the property. Money made from the lease of the old town hall or the land will be returned to the town's general fund. The profits would go to offset the cost of building the new Town Hall on Vince Tofany Boulevard. (8/15)

Henrietta-- International Hospitality has proposed a four-story, 84-unit hotel for West Henrietta Road. The hotel would be just north of the intersection of Erie Station Road and near the Fairfield Inn by Marriott. The project would be the third hotel approved by the Planning Board, who granted approval to Wilmorite Inc. for construction of a 66-unit Comfort Suites and a 90-unit Homewood Suites in the spring. (7/3)

Irondequoit-- Monroe County officials want to purchase ~ 13 acres of land for $220,000 to add to Durand-Eastman Park. Contingency funds will be used to pay for the privately owned land on Kings Highway. The 965-acre Durand Eastman Park, on the shore of Lake Ontario, is owned by the city of Rochester and Monroe County. The county operates the park under a long-term agreement. The proposal requires approval by the Monroe County Legislature's Recreation and Education Committee, The Ways and Means Committee, and the full County Legislature. (7/16)

Penfield-- The town has purchased 10-acres adjacent to Town Hall Park on Atlantic Avenue for construction of two soccer fields. The land, which cost $78,000, is next to 18 acres purchased by the town two years ago for the expansion of the park. The town received a $10,000 state grant for the project. (9/6)

Pittsford-- The Town Zoning Board of Appeals approved an expansion of the Brighton Animal Hospital. Dr. Mike Foley, owner of the hospital at 723 Linden Ave., does not know when construction on the 4,600 square-foot addition will start. Costs for the proposed project are estimated at $500,000. (9/2)

Pittsford-- The southeast YMCA was granted a zoning variance to build a 8,500 square-foot addition on its Jefferson Road facility. The YMCA was also granted a variance to create 20 additional parking spaces. The expansion will include a wellness center, spa facilities, and new locker rooms. The project requires Planning Board approval before construction can commence. (6/24)

Rochester-- CORH, a partnership of 10 corporations, and the city of Rochester, which owns the Hyatt Regency Rochester, has sold the six-year-old luxury hotel to Corporex Cos., a Kentucky based company for $27.5 million. The sale price is considerably less than the $45 million project cost. The 337-room hotel will remain a Hyatt; the hotel chain has a long-term management contract. (8/3)

Rush-- Rick Dorschel, owner of The Dorschel Automotive Group, is seeking site plan approval from the Planning Board to refurbish the former Sharp's Motor Corp. at 7238 West Henrietta Road. He is also asking for a special-use permit to park vehicles outside there. (7/29) The Planning Board gave approval to Dorschel to have up to 171 cars on site. He intends to display between 80 and 100 used cars and store between 70 and 80 new cars there. Work on the project is set to begin the beginning of September. (8/26)

Victor-- The Ganondagan State Historic Society has purchased ~ 250 acres of land adjacent to its Boughton Hill Road site. The purchase connects two pieces of land now part of the 277-acre site, which is dedicated to the history and heritage of the Iroquois nations. The farmland was purchased for $900,000 from the North family. It has an assessed value of $325,600. (7/11)

Wheatland-- Joseph Spezio, owner of Bloomfield-based Elam Sand and Gravel, is interested in a public information meeting regarding his proposal to build a 40,000 amphitheater, 18-hole golf course, and campground on 280 acres of farmland. Approximately 180 acres of the site are in LeRoy, 61 acres are in Wheatland and the remaining 35 acres are in Caledonia. No formal application has been made. (9/10)

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2nd Quarter 1998

Brighton-- The Town Board has approved the submitted designs for the Brighton Memorial Library $2.45 million expansion project. Plans include extensive renovations and an addition that will double the size of the library to 24,000 square feet. The addition should be finished by the end of this year, with the renovations scheduled to be complete sometime in June 1999. (4/15)

Fairport-- The U. S. Postal Service will increase the size of its 9,700 square foot Fairport branch at 770 Ayrault Road. The ~ 6,000 square-foot expansion for the 20-year-old facility was pared down from 10,000 square feet. The Fairport post office serves almost 24,000 people in the 14450 ZIP code area, which includes Fairport and parts of Perinton and Penfield. Since the Postal Service is a federal agency, the plans do not have to be approved. (5/27)

Henrietta-- The Planning Board granted approval to Wilmorite Inc. for construction of a 66-unit Comfort Suites and a 90-unit Homewood Suites. The hotels will be located near an off-ramp from Interstate 390 to Hylan Drive. Construction is expected to start later this summer and be finished by the end of the year. The entire area surrounding the Marketplace Mall was zoned years ago as a Planned Commercial Development District. (5/31)

Henrietta-- Plans call for the town to build a new highway garage, court, recreation offices, and an activity room all within close proximity to the Town Hall at 475 Calkins Road. The proposal is the result by the public works committee. The cost of the new highway garage is estimated between $2 and $2.5 million. Construction could begin on the new garage as soon as next year. The town has $400,000 saved in a capital reserve fund, and would sell two pieces of valuable land to cover the expenses. (5/27)

Parma-- The town has applied to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for a $228,000 grant to help fund a proposed $640,000 recreational expansion project for its Town Park on Hilton-Parma Corners Road. The plan calls for the acquisition of 58 acres, nearly doubling the size of the 77-acre park, and construction of six multipurpose fields for use by youth athletic leagues. In addition, the town has proposed building a 20,000 square-foot Ultimate Skating Area. The $80,000 facility would have a "street skate park" and a separate skating rink for in-line hockey games. The town's actual cash payout could be as low as $75,000 due to donations of land and use of town employee and volunteer labor. (6/28)

Pittsford-- The village Planning/Zoning Board granted preliminary site-plan approval to E.J. Del Monte Corp. for the renovation project at the Depot Inn on Route 96. The plans call for a "business hotel'' with 101 rooms, a restaurant with 124 seats, and a bar area of 324 feet. The footprint of the building will be expanded due to the addition of meeting rooms. A fourth floor would also be added, but the height of the building would only increase by a foot. The hotel will be known as the Del Monte Lodge and the restaurant will be called Ernie's. Combined, the two facilities would employ 46 workers. The price tag for the project is estimated at more than $7 million. (5/27)

Rochester-- David Flaum, the manager of Rochester's High Falls entertainment district is buying the Harro East building. The 120,000 square-foot property, located at 400 Andrews St., has an assessed value $1.1 million. Flaum's plans include expanding the Passintino Pub restaurant and redecorating office space. Neither Canada Life Assurance Co., the current owner nor Flaum Management Co. would release the sales price. (6/17)

Rochester-- CORH, a group of 10 corporations, and the city of Rochester, that owns the Hyatt Regency Rochester, has a deal to sell the 6-year-old luxury hotel to a Midwestern real estate developer. A source close to the negotiations identified the buyer as Comporex, a company in the Cincinnati area that owns hotels and office buildings and develops sports facilities. The reported sale price of $25 million is considerably less than the $45 million the project cost. Partners include Eastman Kodak Co., Xerox Corp., Bausch & Lomb Inc., Wilmorite Inc., Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Frontier Corp., Rochester Gas and Electric Corp., and the Gleason Memorial Fund Inc. (5/1)

Rochester-- Mayor William A. Johnson has proposed a $20 million public safety building to house the city police and fire departments. The five story structure would be built along Exchange Boulevard, between the Civic Center Plaza and the Troup-Howell Bridge. Rochester's courts would remain in the current Public Safety Building, at 150 S. Plymouth Ave., which Monroe county is negotiating to purchase from the city. Construction could begin next summer if the project receives approval from City Council. (6/5)

Romulus-- The new state budget deal includes $180 million for the design and construction of a 750-bed prison on the site of the former Seneca Army Depot. Gov. George Pataki has set June 2000 as the target date to open the prison. The Seneca County prison would hold 1,500 prisoners in double-sized cells. It is expected to create 450 jobs with a salary range of $31,000 to $43,000, generating nearly a $20 million annual payroll. (4/15)

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1st Quarter 1998

Brighton-- Town Supervisor, Sandra Frankel signed a contract to buy 64 acres of farmland from the Gonsenhauser family. The land, along Westfall road and adjacent to Meridian Centre Park, will be developed as park land. The majority of the developing costs, estimated to be about $1 million, will come from a reserve account. The state Department of Environmental Conservation will give the town a $116,250 grant under the Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act to help pay for the environmental investigation of the property. The investigation is expected to total $155,000. The Gonsenhauser family has agreed to pay for cleanup costs of the two-acre contaminated area, estimated at $400,000. (1/29)

Brockport-- Ype and Nolli Schippers of the Netherlands have purchased the Brockport Country Club for $2.8 million. Extensive renovations plans are proposed for the 18-hole, semiprivate golf course located on Monroe-Orleans County Line Road. With the addition of a driving range, the club will be open year-round. (1/16)

Canandaigua-- The City Council's Planning Committee has agreed to allow Webster Lodging Corp., developer of a 24,000 square-foot Suoer 8 Hotel, to tap into city water and sewer lines, even though the structure will be built on town property. The hotel's site, on Routes 5 and 20, sits in both the city and the town. (1/30)

Fairport-- The U. S. Postal Service will double the size of its 9,700 square foot Fairport branch at 770 Ayrault Road. The 10,000 square-foot expansion proposal for the 20-year-old facility does not require approval by the town. The Fairport post office serves almost 24,000 people in the 14450 ZIP code area, which includes Fairport and parts of Perinton and Penfield. Construction is expected to begin next summer. (12/24)

Greece-- Construction has begun on the new 21,000 square-foot Bryant & Stratton campus at Canal Ponds Professional Park. The new campus will feature state-of-the-art computer laboratories. The campus is slated to open in June for students currently enrolled at the downtown campus. Bryant & Stratton, headquartered in Buffalo, operates 15 colleges in four states servicng more than 5,000 students. (3/12)

Greece-- The Town Board signed a Waterfront Revitalization Program agreement with the state to improve Channel Park. The town received a $50,000 grant and plans to allocate $50,000 from the town's recreation trust fund, and will also contribute $30,000 worth of in-kind services for the project. The project should be completed by October 31. The town will also receive a second grant of $25,000 to establish a local waterfront revitalization project of its own. (2/11)

Henrietta-- Wilmorite Inc. has revealed a plan to build two hotels and a Cracker Barrel Restaurant in the area of Hylan Drive and Interstate 390. The Wilmorite owns the property where the restaurant and hotels - a 66-unit Comfort Suites and a 90-unit Homewood Suites- would be built. Cracker Barrel plans to construct a 9,800 square-foot building. The restaurant would utilize 6,800 square feet, leaving the rest for retail. The entire area surrounding the Marketplace Mall was zoned years ago as a Planned Commercial Development District. (1/13)

Henrietta-- Conceptual plans have been submitted to construct a 95 unit Marriott Town Place Suites on the corner of Lehigh Station and West Henrietta roads. Developers have suggested a three-story, 54,000 square-foot hotel that would include two buildings on the 3.38 acre parcel. The hotel would be upscale and cater to longer-staying executives. (2/6)

Henrietta-- The Town Board has approved moving the Town Court to a leased space in the Calkins Business Park, 135 Calkins Road, near West Henrietta Road. The 7,000 square-foot building is ~ 2,000 square feet larger than the current building on Lehigh Station Road. The town has negotiated a five-year lease agreement, at $70,000 a year with a five-year option. The town would have a two-year escape clause if it decided to build a new courthouse. (2/11)

Phelps-- The Town Board has voted to study the Phelps-Clifton Springs School Board offer to sell its former middle school to the town and village for $1,000 for use as a new municipal hall. The building, on the corner of Main and Banta streets, has been vacant since the new middle school was completed on Route 488. (1/23)

Penfield-- The Penfield Fire Department has proposed an addition on their headquarters at 1838 Penfield Road. The expansion plan for the firehouse would add 12,188 square feet to the existing 11,999 square-foot building. The fire district has purchased four properties for the project. Homes on three of the lots are to be demolished. Officials said the cost of the project is estimated at $4 million. (1/1)

Perinton-- The Perinton Historical Architecture Commission has approved concept plans for a 1,200 square-foot addition to South Perinton United Methodist Church on Wilkinson Road. The cost of the addition is estimated at $200,000. The project would be paid for using donations gathered during a capital campaign, various state grants, and a mortgage. (1/28)

Perinton-- The first phase of the $22 million renovation project at Fairport Baptist Homes is complete. The new north wing was renovated to create a home environment to accommodate between nine and 12 people. The households contain a kitchen and dining room, with bedrooms within sight of a large community area. Most of the funding for the $22 million project came from the New York State Dormitory Authority. The mortgage is guaranteed by the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. (1/5)

Perinton-- The Perinton Recreation and Park Commission is proceeding with plans to transform 120 acres behind the Town Hall into a park. The land, located near the northeast corner of Turk Hill and Ayrualt roads, is sitting undeveloped. Trowbridge and Wolf, a landscape-consulting firm based in Ithaca, is receiving $22,546 from the town recreation fund to develop a master plan for the project. The town would like the park to be completed in phases over the next several years. (3/13)

Pittsford-- Aladdins Natural Eatery at Schoen Place has proposed to build an ice-skating rink on a section of the Erie Canal that runs through the village. The rink would cover a 200-foot by 100-foot area of the canal in front of the village's Erie Canal Park dock. Aladdins, which would mange the operation, has not decided whether to charge admission. Construction costs are estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. (1/22)

Rochester-- Monroe County has approved tax breaks and $6