Will a local non-profit for veterans be shut down?

January 29, 2018 08:05 AM

A local non-profit that works to help veterans could learn if it has to shut down as early as Monday.

The decision follows a long battle over Operation Build Up's location, but the group's founder is putting up a fight.


This whole debate centers around what happened when Justin Cogswell, a former Marine, started Operation Build Up and decided to open a chapter on Pucker Street in Conesus.

The group, supported by veterans who give up their time to volunteer, works to fix used cars and give them to fellow veterans in need of transportation. Last year, they repaired more than 30 cars and gave them to vets who had a hard time getting work or were at risk of even losing their current jobs because they didn't have cars.

The founder claims he bought the building legally as a dual-zoned property, but says the town building inspector made a mistake in identifying it. The group now has several code violations, including having too many cars on the property.

The Town Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Monday at 7 p.m. to vote on whether to remove the group from the site.


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