Nov 26, 2012
The Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by the recent 9 projects launched or proposed for the town. Our Town Board and Director of Development Services have done an exceptional job fostering these projects and expanding our currently challenged town tax base.
These 9 projects, including 3 investments by small business owners, total over $27 million in investment, and signal a strong note of confidence and optimism in this recovery period.
From LINDA QUINLAN/MESSENGER POST...
While some in the community focus on projects that haven't yet come to fruition, development is happening, often at a swift pace, in the community.
"There's a lot going on in Irondequoit that people are not really aware of," observed Larry Heininger, Irondequoit's director of Development Services, which includes the town's building department. Costich Engineers, for instance, notified the town late last week that it has been authorized to submit plans for the redevelopment of 999 Ridge Road, perhaps best known as K-Mart plaza. Heininger said the plans for the plaza redevelopment came in last Friday, Nov. 2, and have been distributed to the Irondequoit Planning Board.
The anchor tenant at the plaza will be Tops supermarket, Heininger said. Tops has a store at 1455 E. Ridge Road in Irondequoit, but is apparently looking for more space.
In other development around town:
- Auto Zone spent $2.5 million to renovate a former flooring store at the southwest corner of East Ridge Road and Carter Street and started work in late May. It was just finished and the store opened to customers.
- LA Fitness just finished a $10 million new facility on East Ridge Road just east of Kings Highway South.
- McMillan Marine, 1070 Empire Blvd., is in the midst of a $375, 000 expansion project.
- Armitage Electric recently completed a new office and barn, built by Mennonites from Dundee, N.Y., on Washington Avenue in northwest Irondequoit
- Clover Home Leisure is in the midst of a major expansion project that will add 10, 000 feet of showroom space.
- A $4 million medical office building is going up at 2701 Culver Road.
- Paving was being done last week on the site of the former Newport House restaurant at the bottom of Newport Road on the east side of town, along Irondequoit Bay. Construction on the town home and condominium complex is expected to get under way in the next couple of weeks, Heininger said.
Mark McMillan, owner of McMillan Marine, said he did have a wood pole barn behind his business, but it has been falling apart for years.
He's adding three indoor garages for boat service, he said, and some showroom space. There will also be a new ship's store, rest rooms and signage.
Sue Compitello, general manager of the new LA Fitness facility, said she has already had people coming in, saying, "This is the new Irondequoit." The massive facility includes a lap pool up front, five racquetball courts, a kiddie room, a separate cycling studio, a basketball court, and a wide expanse of fitness equipment on the first floor and a balcony area.
Owner Carl Ziegler is in the midst of an expansion project at Clover Home Leisure. "We need the space," he said. "We'll have a whole new, clean look." The addition will bring the store to 30, 000 square feet of retail space
Steve Shelton, superintendent of All-Rite Construction Company, which built the Auto Zone store, had high praise for the town.
"The service and support I received from the (Irondequoit) building department was the best I have encountered in my entire career," Shelton wrote in a letter to the town. "It is easy to see the pride in you and everyone else that I have met in Irondequoit."
The shell is up for a new, $375, 000 service garage at McMillan Marine on Empire Boulevard. Owner Mark McMillan says he hopes to have the project complete by around Jan. 1.
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