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New downtown restaurant, housing facility near RIT awarded county tax breaks (access required)

REDD, a restaurant planned for the downtown space once occupied by 2 Vine, has been granted a JobsPlus Property Tax abatement and a sales tax exemption on construction materials, equipment, furniture and fixtures. The tax breaks were approved by Imagine ...

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Mastodon Design buys Science Parkway facility from city agency for new home (access required)

Mastodon Design LLC recently closed on the purchase of what will be its new design and manufacturing facility on Rochester’s Southeast side, city officials said. Rochester Economic Development Corp. (REDCO) sold to Mammoth Property Holdings LLC the 31,878-square-foot facility at ...

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Skybird Landing affordable housing opens in Geneseo (access required)

Skybird Landing Apartments, an affordable housing community in the Village of Geneseo, opened for tenants on Thursday. There are six buildings and 60 apartments in the $17 million housing development, a project by Gates-based DePaul Properties that is backed by ...

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Heritage Christian Services goes greener with solar array (access required)

Heritage Christian Services is the latest entity to build solar power capacity to change its energy footprint. The nonprofit agency that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities has added a 2.7-megawatt solar array in the western Monroe county town ...

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Genesee County Economic Development approves tax breaks for two businesses (access required)

Expansion and/or improvement projects by Gateway GS LLC and Tenney Coin Laundry were approved for incentives by the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) on Thursday. Gateway GS has plans to invest $450,000 to build out the interior of an ...

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Batavia ranked No. 3 among ‘micropolitans’ for project development (access required)

Batavia and Genesee County were ranked No. 3 in the country on Site Selection magazine’s annual list of Top Micropolitans of 2018. The magazine, the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council, cited 13 project “wins” during 2018 across ...

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New suit filed in Brighton’s Whole Foods conflict (access required)

A group opposing the Whole Foods grocery store project on Monroe Avenue has filed a new suit against the Town of Brighton over a document request it says was improperly handled. The suit, filed Friday in Monroe County Supreme Court, ...

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Eat Up Rochester seeking restaurants for second Restaurant Week (access required)

Rochester’s Restaurant Week, which debuted in 2018 as “Eat Up Rochester,” is looking for restaurants within the city limits to participate in the event this year between April 29 and May  5. Restaurants provide special meals, priced at $10 for ...

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New laboratory set for grape genetics research in Geneva (access required)

The federal Agricultural Research Services’ Grape Genetics Research Unit will be getting an updated laboratory, after receiving nearly $69 million in federal funding announced by Sen. Charles Schumer Tuesday. The unit is located at Geneva’s Cornell AgriTech, a Cornell University ...

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Ground broken on Oakwood Hills community in Batavia (access required)

Construction is underway on Oakwood Hills, a Ryan Homes development in Batavia that will feature 56 single-family houses. Homes in the new residential community on the city’s east side will range in size from 1,483 square feet to 2,190 square ...

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Hickey Freeman, with state investment of $4M, adding 80 jobs, new apparel brand (access required)

Hickey Freeman, the iconic Rochester men’s clothier, received an $8.2 million birthday present on Wednesday that company executives and government leaders say will ensure the firm’s long-term viability in a changing tailored clothing market. Luxury Men’s Apparel Group, the parent ...

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Imagine Monroe approves incentives for seven projects (access required)

Monroe County’s industrial development agency, Imagine Monroe, has approved incentives for seven local economic development projects expected to create or retain more than 450 jobs. Home Leasing LLC will collaborate with Episcopal Senior Life Communities to develop a mixed-use project ...

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Genesee Valley Educational Partnership wins economic development award (access required)

The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership has been named the Economic Development Partner of the Year by the Genesee County Economic Development Center. The award will be presented at the agency’s annual business meeting March 8. GVEP serves more than 24,000 ...

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