The initial phase consists of an African savanna exhibit, a Cold Asia exhibit and a passenger tram with on and off stations at the north and south ends of the zoo. These new exhibits will bring giraffes, zebras, ostriches, snow leopards and more to the local zoo.
“Our $13.5 million investment in the Seneca Park Zoo and the local economy will create more than 200 jobs for area workers over the 13-month construction period,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said in a statement.
The restoration is being funded by Monroe County and the Seneca Park Zoo Society in a public-private endeavor. The first phase of the renovation tentatively is to open next summer.
Dinolfo joined with officials from the county parks, Seneca Park Zoo, the Landmark Society and a team of local construction companies to discuss the first phase of the Seneca Park Zoo Master Plan renovation.
In addition to the new exhibits and the passenger tram, the development of a new main restaurant funded by the Zoo Society is in the works. The eatery is expected to open in summer 2018, and will be bid individually later this year, officials said.
The first phase is expected to end with the destruction of the Main Zoo Building. This building is vital to the zoo’s approval by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, officials said.
Dinolfo announced the following firms received contracts to work on the project after bidding: Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc. for general construction; Crosby-Brownlie Inc. for mechanical and plumbing construction; and Schuler-Haas Electric Corp. for electrical construction. Clark Patterson Lee and LeChase Construction Services LLC were also recognized as integral contributors to the project.
“Over the long term, our investment in a world class zoo will pay dividends for years by contributing to our community’s overall quality of life, attracting both jobs and job seekers to Monroe County,” Dinolfo said.
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