Golfers concerned with proposed Special Olympics training center near Irondequoit Country Club

October 09, 2017 06:34 PM

A battle is brewing between a local college and the country club next door.

In partnership with the Special Olympics, Nazareth College is building a new athletic training center. But members of the Irondequoit Country Club next door are worried about noise, lighting and drainage.

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The college is trying to get approval from the town to get work going. A planning board meeting is set to get underway Monday night.

The college is trying to do what it can to pacify the country club. It's made some alterations to its initial proposal in hopes it can finally win approval and get construction started.

The proposed building will go along the property line between Nazareth College and the Irondequoit Country Club in the Town of Pittsford.

Country club members have told the town they're concerned the new facility will disrupt "the 300 families, 125 of which are from Pittsford, who enjoy the peace and quiet provided by the ICC."

The plot of land where they want to build the new center is less than 100 yards away from the fairway. But keep in mind, the facility will give Special Olympians from across the state somewhere to train and will host their competitive events. Half of the funding for it came from Tom Golisano last year.

"This is a wonderful day for Nazareth," says Ann Costello, director, Golisano Foundation. "This is a wonderful day for the New York State region, for Special Olympics New York, Special Olympics International and people around the world with intellectual disabilities, thank you so much!"

I reached the general manager at the country club by phone on Monday. He told me they've set up a committee that’s working with the college on issues they have with the new building.

Nazareth will present an updated proposal Monday evening. Because it'll include changes to accommodate the country club, it's likely the planning board won't vote on it until it's had more time to review.


Jennifer Lewke

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