Irondequoit community reacts to interview with Medley Centre owner

Updated: 05/28/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 05/28/2014 9:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

The owner of the troubled Medley Centre in Irondequoit has kept quiet until now. The former Irondequoit Mall has been sitting empty for years. Town officials even say taxpayer dollars have been misused. Brett Davidsen got an exclusive interview with Scott Congel on Wednesday. He talked about the troubled mall and his new plans in another community. 

But what does the town of Irondequoit and its supervisor think of all this?

Many people in Irondequoit thought they couldn’t be disappointed anymore by Scott Congel, but on Wednesday, proved them wrong.  

Dominic Pronti, Salvatores Assistant Manager, said, “My first thought is where they are going to get the money from. They say they don't have money to fix the mall that would be beneficial to the town.”

Dominic Pronti not only works near the Medley Centre, but he lives close by too. He says it is pretty clear, right now, the only ones enjoying the mall are people using it as a cut through and geese.

Pronti said, “A two-story mall everyone loves it, especially when the pictures of all the water and stuff came out. It is a disgrace to the town and it is kind like a slap in the face.”

Because of that, Congel's new project has community members asking questions. Congel exclusively told News10NBC’s Brett Davidsen that he is still interested in the Medley Centre project, but without tax breaks it could be in jeopardy. At one point in the interview, Congel calls the town's fines and termination of the pilot, "politics."

Adam Bello, Irondequoit Town Supervisor, said, “To say this is politics is an insult to taxpayers in Irondequoit. I think anyone can drive by the mall and see there has been no development there.”

What advice does the town supervisor have for West Seneca?

Bello said, “I would just point people to Irondequoit’s experience with Bersin Properties and the Medley Centre. I think anyone can look at the Medley Centre, look at the promises that were made there and see the promises were not kept.”

It may surprise you, but businesses nearby are still hoping Congel lives up to his word.

Pronti said, “For all the businesses on Ridge Road, having thousands of people there every day the businesses would all boom.”

Now the community is in a waiting game to see if Congel pays properties tax here at the Medley Centre. If he doesn't, the town can move to take back the land.

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