PLANNING PROCESS FOR FUTURE IRONDEQUOIT COMMUNITY CENTER ANNOUNCED
Community feedback sought on development of space at former Irondequoit Mall; Public workshop scheduled for November 30th
Supervisor Dave Seeley today announced the start of a public engagement process to help guide plans for a future town community center at the former Irondequoit Mall and the formation of a citizen advisory committee to help spearhead the effort.
Over the next several months, the Town will engage the community in a process to prioritize services and amenities that could be provided at a future community/recreation center. An initial public workshop session will be held on Thursday, November 30th at the Irondequoit Public Library, beginning at 6:30pm.
In August, Angelo Ingrassia, the new owner of the former Mall announced plans to redevelop the 1-million square foot site, rebranding the project “Skyview on the Ridge.” At Supervisor Seeley’s request to allow town residents to play a part in the redevelopment of the site, Mr. Ingrassia generously agreed to donate approximately 50,000 square feet of the facility for the Town to redevelop into a community center.
“The Town of Irondequoit has long-dreamed of having a community center to call its own, but have never been able to get across the finish line. It’s an amenity that we’ve lacked, one that residents of neighboring communities enjoy,” said Seeley. “I feel we have a prime opportunity to make that dream a reality, in a manner that is economically responsible to taxpayers.”
Seeley announced the following appointments to a Citizen Advisory Committee that will work with Town staff and the Town engineer to help facilitate community engagement and collaborate on a final recommendation for the site:
- Rick Walther, Resident (Chair)
- Alayna Alderman, Resident
- Jamie Pittinaro. Resident
- Paul Caccamise, Resident
- Jessica Metras. Resident
- Peter Wehner, Town Councilman
- Kerry Ivers, Town Planning & Zoning Administrator
Irondequoit’s recreation program is continuously expanding every year to help meet the needs of a growing number of Irondequoit families interested in affordable programming. One of the largest limitations to continued growth, however, is a lack of usable space. While many larger Rochester suburbs have either have a multi-purpose community center or a YMCA/JCC type facility, Irondequoit has neither.
Over the last two decades, various Town administrations have explored community/recreation center concepts, but none moved forward due to concerns over long-term costs. The potential public-private partnership at Skyview on the Ridge presents a unique opportunity to deliver this long-desired amenity to the residents of Irondequoit in an affordable manner.
“We have planned for a community center for two decades,” said Seeley. “Now is the time for action that will help make Irondequoit an even better place to live and raise a family.”