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Efforts to replace Empire Zones rouse some concern

Economic development officials and those who represent them are worried about Gov. David Paterson’s efforts to replace the Empire Zone program. It could hurt the state’s growth, they say. The Empire Zone program provides tax and investment incentives to eligible ...

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Urban redevelopment draws on area’s resources

To lure more passers-by to Geneva, officials have begun studying how to create "visual friction" along its stretch of Routes 5 and 20. Getting more people to slow down and explore the lakeside city is one of several strategies intended to spur urban development.

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Greedy corporations stack the deck and call it fair dealing

Associated Builders and Contractors, in attempting to disparage project labor agreements, relies almost exclusively on a study by the widely discredited Beacon Hill Institute, the only study claiming to show that PLAs increase costs on public construction. Now a research ...

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Court of Appeals rules for Lighthouse Pointe

The state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday morning in favor of a Rochester developer whose project was rejected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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COMIDA approves projects for tax breaks

Maximus Hill LLC, after completing a $2.4 million renovation of the Davie Building in the St. Paul Quarter, was approved Tuesday for breaks on sales and mortgage tax for a $762,000 conversion of office space into 11 work-live rental lofts.

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UR grad becomes CFO at HUD

Douglas Criscitello, a University of Rochester graduate, was sworn in Tuesday as chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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RBTL hears $70M proposal for complex on Midtown site

A proposed performing arts center on the site of Midtown Plaza would help expand an existing cultural arts district and improve the viability of downtown, city officials and developers told members of the Rochester Broadway Theater League’s site selection committee Friday.

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Comptroller: Stimulus projects were bid properly

Construction contracts for highway projects in the Rochester area funded with federal stimulus money were bid properly, an audit released Friday by the state comptroller shows.

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Trial puts focus on Midtown

To the city of Rochester, Midtown Plaza may be a dinosaur whose reduction to rubble cannot come soon enough. But others still see some $20 million in gold to be extracted from the moribund downtown mall. At the top of ...

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Unity Hospital to get $159 million upgrade

Unity Health System plans to kick off a $159 million hospital renovation and expansion project in April. An upgrade to the facility and the addition of a fourth floor to parts of the three-story Unity Hospital have been on the ...

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Flexible strategy is vital to financing real estate plans

Developer Andrew Gallina rarely seeks upfront financing for his projects. His firm, Gallina Development Corp., recently added two buildings to Cambridge Place on South Winton Road in Brighton and is funding the expansion itself for now. In keeping with its ...

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Crime lab project highlights creativity, sophistication

For designers at LaBella Associates P.C. and DeWolff Partnership Architects LLP, Monroe County’s new crime laboratory is no ordinary building. Expected to replace the county’s current crime lab facilities in the Public Safety Building, a space originally intended for offices, ...

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Commercial builders prepare for worst, hope for best

Though commercial builders in the Rochester area are bracing for another tough year, they remain cautiously optimistic about a turnaround. "At this point, 2010 is uncertain, but it could end up being a great year," says Thomas Judson, chairman and ...

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On the move

The move of 350 employees of ESL Federal Credit Union to a new, multimillion-dollar downtown headquarters could be cleared by the end of the month, executives said this week. The company hopes to have its certificate of occupancy finalized by ...

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