Good Question: Is anyone cleaning up the Rochester Aldi's site?

August 08, 2017 06:09 AM

It's a piece of land in Rochester where for years we've been told an Aldi grocery store will be built. Now, after another court setback, who's responsible for maintaining the lot which is overgrown with weeds?

People who live in the North Winton Village area of Rochester love their neighborhood with one exception.

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They call it the Jungle.

"It's a jungle and that invites crime and lowers property values," said Marjorie Clemson.

She's talking about the corner of Blossom Road and North Winton Road. This is where Aldi grocery stores had planned to build and open a store, but things have not worked out exactly.

Back in May, a court struck down approvals that were given to the store by the city. So now, it's back to the drawing board for Aldi. In the meantime, people who live near the site want something done to get it cleaned up.

"It's just a neighborhood eyesore. We would like to see it cleaned up and something put in its place," said Clemson.

The city is aware of the problem and has already issued several fines to the owner of the land.

"The property owner is always responsible. We have cited and ticketed every one of those lots for high grass. We had our D.E.S. crews go over there and see what they can do and they cut the grass to the best of their ability," said Gary Kirkmire, Director of Building and Zoning with the City of Rochester.

"The challenge we have with that lot is there are so many obstacles and obstructions because of the demolition and all of the things that remain," Kirkmire told us.

We found out the land is not owned by Aldi grocery stores. We tracked down the company that does own it. It's called CBL LLC, which according to records, is based out of Gates. We called the phone numbers and stopped by an address associated with this business hoping to ask the owner if there are any plans to get this site cleaned up. Our calls were not returned.

The city also isn't having much luck hearing back from the owners of the land.

"We don't have any update on what the plan is," Kirkmire said.

For now, the fines and citations are piling up. If action is not taken soon, the city can take legal action.

As for whether or not an Aldi grocery store will actually be built here remains unknown. Aldi has to re-submit all plans and applications following May's court setback. We reached out to the store to see if they plan on doing that last week and have still not heard back.


Pat Taney

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