Public hearing held on proposed changes to The Marketplace Mall

Updated: 12/16/2013 7:37 PM
Created: 12/16/2013 7:50 AM WHEC.com

Some had the chance to voice their concerns about the owners of The Marketplace Mall asking for tax breaks for their latest renovation project.

COMIDA, the agency which approves tax breaks for the county, held a public hearing Monday morning.

We reported last week that developers want to tear down the former DSW location and a portion of the Bon-Ton store once it closes in March. Wilmorite wants to replace the space with new stores and restaurants.

Company officials say they need the tax breaks which would minimize the payments for 25 years in order to make the project happen. However some Henrietta School District leaders say it's unfair for tax payers.

Developer Dennis Wilmont said, “I think we've demonstrated as a company with both Eastview and Greece that we develop a plan in a timely manner and we deliver and exceed the expectations and the investment and this is a model for that.”

Ken Graham, superintendent of the Rush Henrietta School District said, “These are business risks. Where are the risks being taken by the entrepreneurs? All this really does is takes out the uncertainty of their 25 years and transfers it to the taxpayers”

COMIDA plans to hold an official vote on The Marketplace Mall project Tuesday.


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