I-Team 10 Follow Up: Another deadline missed

Updated: 09/16/2013 7:50 PM
Created: 09/16/2013 5:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

Another missed deadline for the owner of the beleaguered Medley Centre. The Irondequoit Town Supervisor is saying the project is at a standstill. The supervisor gave developer Scott Congel until Sunday to begin demolishing three buildings on the site. But the deadline was met with silence.
There is clearly now a lot of tension between Scott Congel and the town supervisor. Not only did the mall owner not meet the deadline set for him, the town says he didn't even apply for demolition permits. The supervisor says she has no intention of backing down from her demands. 
Mary Joyce D'Aurizio, Irondequoit Town Supervisor, said, “My feeling is to make this project look realistic and to make him appear as a credible developer, those three buildings need to come down.
That was the message delivered 10 days ago from Irondequoit's town supervisor to Medley Centre developer Scott Congel. In a heated meeting, Congel was given a deadline of September 15 to start tearing down these three abandoned, graffiti covered buildings on the Medley Centre's Ridge Road development site.
D'Aurizio said, “I have not heard from him. I think he's feeling that we're going to probably give in to him, but no, those buildings must come down.”
Congel has received millions of dollars in tax breaks from the county, the town and the East Irondequoit School District. In return, he promised to turn the nearly empty mall into a $260 million dollar mixed use complex of shopping, hotels, residences and businesses. But Congel has had difficulty security financing and there's been no visible signs of progress, leaving the buildings on the edge of the property to further deteriorate. D'Aurizio's patience is clearly wearing thin and says she will now speak with the town's attorneys to figure out their next move.
D'Aurizio said, "Until those three buildings come down, I guess we are at a standstill on that project. They must come down to show good faith with this project and to take care of some code issues with that."
But D'Aurizio admits there may not be much the town can do for now. She says they can't take the property because there's a bank lien on it and says she doesn't want taxpayers to bear the cost of taking the buildings down either. Congel has made the payments in lieu of taxes, so he hasn't defaulted on the agreement, but he will owe millions of dollars early next year in penalties for not meeting project investment goals.
I-Team 10 will stay on top of this project.


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