Moving forward with the Medley Centre

Created: 02/08/2014 6:26 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Two days after Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle calls for an investigation into the Medley Centre project, businesses in that area say it's time to move forward.

Tuesday the town of Irondequoit gave Bersin Properties and Chairman Scott Congel until May 1 to make a late payment property tax payment of $3.8-million.

Then on Thursday Morelle asked the state's top economic development official  to investigate if the site is still eligible for state money to help create jobs.

The owner is required to create at least two jobs a year. Morelle says he doubts anyone is working at the mall.

On Saturday we wanted to hear what other business owners in the area are saying.

Rubino's has been a mainstay on East Ridge Road since the late 60's. Co-owner Phyllis Roberti says there is still hope for a mall, and if the Medley Centre could get off the ground that would boost every business.

But others aren't so sure a mall is still the answer.

“Last summer they fixed the roads, made it beautiful, brought in more business here. Now I think it’s time that we focus on the mall so we can help everyone on Ridge Road,” said Roberti.

“It would probably put about 50,000 more cars on East Ridge Road. So other businesses would absolutely pick up because there's more cars, more people are coming out of the different areas to Irondequoit. More businesses are going to succeed,” said Mark Cantor, from Churi’s Coconut Tree Thai Cuisine.

“I know a lot of people are for this, the only thing that seems it would work (is) a casino. I know a lot of people in the town would not like that, but it’s a fact. It draws business,” said Joe Rubino, co-owner of Rubino’s

If the Medley Centre doesn't make the May 1 deadline, it could lose its payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Monroe County. That agreement caps the tax amount on the property.

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