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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 accommodate growth. The $2.7 million project will impact 190 full-time jobs and is projected to create 15 jobs over the next three years.

Crown Castle will receive sales tax exemptions on construction materials, furniture, fixtures and equipment related to the project.

Vigneri Chocolate Inc. plans to purchase and renovate 1199 E. Main St. in Rochester to expand production and distribution. The second-generation confectionery manufacturer also will dedicate a portion of the space for an education center, café and gift shop. Vigneri will invest $2.86 million and create 20 jobs.

Imagine Monroe approved sales and mortgage recording tax exemptions and JobsPlus property tax abatement for the projects.

Following a fire that destroyed Reliant Staffing Systems Inc., dba Career Start’s Corn Hill office, the company secured a short-term lease within the city. Career Start has been approved for the GreatRebate program through the agency, as well as the EquiPlus program. The incentives will help retain 47 jobs and create two.

Real estate holding company 125 Howell Street LLC responded to the city of Rochester’s request for proposal to purchase and redevelop 125 Howell St. within the Inner Loop. Five market-rate four-story townhome rental units will be constructed.

The company will receive sales and mortgage recording tax exemptions and JobsPlus property tax abatement for the construction. The $1.42 million projects is expected to create one job.

During the first half of 2019, Imagine Monroe approved 24 projects that will create 608 jobs and retain nearly 1,000 in Monroe County, officials said in a statement. The projects are expected to generate some $239 million in private investment.

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