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economic development

Jul 29, 2019

Four projects approved for Imagine Monroe incentives

Imagine Monroe has approved incentives for four projects expected to create nearly 40 jobs in the coming three years. Crown Castle USA Inc., a Pennsylvania telecommunications company, plans to expand and relocate its Brighton facility to the Riverwood Tech Campus in Henrietta. The company plans to build out 56,000 square feet of leased space to […]

Jul 29, 2019

REDCO reorganizes, names new CEO

Baye Muhammad, Rochester’s commissioner of neighborhood and business development, has been named to lead the Rochester Economic Development Corp., or REDCO, while a longtime city employee, Gary Kirkmire, has been tapped to replace him. Muhammad will serve in the newly created position of CEO at REDCO. The not-for-profit development corporation was established in 1983 to stimulate […]

Jul 26, 2019

New leadership named for RIT’s business incubator

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Venture Creations incubator has some new leadership. Peter Parts, an electronics parts entrepreneur, has been named interim director of Venture Creations. Parts, now retired as president and CEO of Peter Parts Electronics, founded the company in Webster in 1986. The company supplies electronic parts and assemblies to more than 80 manufacturers […]

Jul 25, 2019

Facelift part of revamping of former Medley Centre

The owner of the former Medley Centre in Irondequoit is hoping facility maintenance and a facelift will entice new tenants to call the vacant property home. Developer Angelo Ingrassia, who bought the former mall three and a half years ago, is having the roof replaced, along with renovation to the main entrances of what is […]

Jul 24, 2019

Eastman Business Park gets approval for rezoning

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. But that parking lot could be turned back into a paradise, of sorts, following Tuesday’s unanimous vote by Rochester City Council in favor of rezoning parts of Eastman Business Park. A proposal by Mayor Lovely Warren brought to City Council in June to rezone EBP Planned […]

Jul 23, 2019

Erie Canal bridge work begins in Wayne County

Work to rehabilitate four century-old Erie Canal bridges in Wayne County has begun. The $7.1 million project by the New York State Department of Transportation, which is expected to take two years to complete, will enhance safety, improve mobility and support economic growth in the region, the state says. The Galloway Road bridge over the […]

Jul 19, 2019

Habitat for Humanity renovates two zombie homes

Flower City Habitat for Humanity has completed two zombie house renovations as part of its Vacant and Abandoned Homes pilot program with the city of Rochester. The goal of the initiative is to eliminate the growing abandoned home issue, which accounts for more than $11 million in property value losses in Rochester and Monroe County. […]

Jul 18, 2019

Canandaigua farm protected with conservation easement

A multigenerational farm on Brace Road in the Ontario County town of Canandaigua is more economically secure now that the Brocklebank family has agreed to provide a conservation easement to the state. The easement provides Scott and Travis Brocklebank, the father-son duo who operate Brock Acres Farm, with $1.86 million in exchange for agreeing to […]

Jul 15, 2019

Paradigm one of 19 finalists in 76West competition

Rochester’s Paradigm Environmental Services Inc. is one of 19 finalists in New York state’s 76West Clean Energy competition. The competition offers $2.5 million in prizes to companies that will build or expand clean energy business in New York’s Southern Tier, or create a partnership with a company, such as a supply-chain agreement, to help develop […]

Jul 3, 2019

Divinity school neighbors vehemently opposed to latest development plans

Residents of Highland Parkway say they will fight to derail the most recent development plans for the now-vacant Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, even though developer Angelo Ingrassia has again scaled back his project. Ingrassia has proposed construction of two four-story apartment buildings, a reduction from five stories, as well as renovation of existing apartments […]

Jul 3, 2019

Imagine Monroe approves project incentives

Imagine Monroe, the county’s economic development engine, has approved incentives for four projects that will create or retain nearly 650 jobs. Unither Manufacturing LLC plans to expand over five years, which will include the renovation of 100,000 square feet of space in the town of Henrietta, as well as a 22,000-square-foot building expansion to house […]

Jul 2, 2019

Re-purposing of Kmart into Chili Square nearing fruition

The transformation of the former Chili Kmart into a new retail center is well on its way to completion. Aldi opened its doors on Thursday, Dollar Tree has been open, Pet Supplies Plus will welcome the public into its new space in mid-July and Big Lots anticipates an early fall christening of its 11th Rochester-area […]