Stalled Canandaigua resort makes some progress

May 19, 2017 11:21 PM

Earlier this month, Canandaigua City Council ordered the developers of the Finger Lakes Resort on Canandaigua Lake to clean the public parts of the land. Since then, the developers, David Genecco and Bob Murphy, have prepared a parking lot for public use, moved their construction fence, and added landscaping to some parts of the property.

Other than that, the structure itself still sits in the same spot and has made little progress. Lauren Pilleterri visits the lake to fish often, each time she’s greeted by the unfinished resort project.

“It’s been here too long,” Pelleterri said. “It just looks ugly, it kind of ruins [the lake].”

The Finger Lakes Resort lost funding years ago when the bank financing the project went under. No significant work has been completed since July of 2015 when the structure went up. Some residents feel like the city is being too patient with the developers, but City Manager Ted Andrzejewski says there’s not much they can do.

“The city isn’t being lenient,” Andrzejewski said. “What we have to understand is that this is private land, private property and private money... All we can do is work with the developer and hope they finish.”

City Councilman At Large Matt Martin seems to be taking a more aggressive approach. He says it’s time to see a change.

“It’s not enough for our community,” Martin said. “The most feasible option is to wait a couple more weeks and see if it’s an honest statement that there are people looking to purchase the property, and if not we look at other options.”

Some of those other options include taking a closer look at environmental impacts of the unfinished project. If the city finds there are significant environment problems, then that would force quicker action by the developers. The city could also exercise eminent domain and take over the property.

For the sake of the lake, Pilleterri hopes whoever purchases the land considers going a different route with the property.

“A park, maybe something with trees, I'm a big fan of the outdoors and all these new buildings going up are just ruining the beauty of Canandaigua,” Pilleterri said.

Martin says the developers claim at least five groups have sent letters of intent and want to purchase the property.

The building permit for the resort project expires in late June, and to reapply, the developers would have to meet certain standards set by code enforcement. If they don't meet those standards, the city would then examine its other options.

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