Updated: 01/22/2014 6:26 PM
Created: 01/22/2014 2:38 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen
Watching how your tax dollars are being spent. Last month, I-Team 10 told you about tax breaks awarded to the company that owns The Marketplace Mall. The County of Monroe’s Industrial Development Agency or COMIDA, granted a pilot agreement for 20 years to allow The Marketplace Mall to expand. Since then, the question has been, what will that expansion include?
The former DSW shoe store will be torn down and construction will begin in a few days on a new Field and Stream store.
Wilmorite had planned to unveil the new tenant later this week, but after, I-Team 10 submitted a freedom of information request Wednesday morning to the town of Henrietta about the building application, the mall owners issued a public release announcing the arrival of Field and Stream.
The new store will be a 55,000 square foot store for those who love the outdoors. News10NBC got a look at some of the architectural drawings submitted to the town. It will be just the third store named after the popular magazine, with others near Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. It is the first in New York State.
Last month, COMIDA granted Wilmorite a 20 year payment in lieu of taxes agreement or PILOT agreement. Tax breaks, it said, it needed to close the deal to bring Field and Stream to The Marketplace Mall. The Rush Henrietta School District questioned the agreement, saying it put district taxpayers at risk.
Wilmorite Vice President Dennis Wilmot says they expect people to travel from two hours away to visit the store. He said it will bring stability to the aging 32-year-old mall.
Dennis Wilmot, Wilmorite Sr. Vice President, said, "The PILOT was necessary for us to move forward with the financing of this plan and I'm confident that when the final product collectively is in place, the general public is going to be pleased with this."
The Field and Stream store is just one component of the redevelopment plan. Additional announcements are expected to be made in the coming weeks.