Supervisor Dave Seeley today joined Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and State Senator Rich Funke to announce a major commitment of state funding of $2.125 million to the Town of Irondequoit to be used to build a community recreation center.

This funding - $1.125 million in capital from the State Assembly and $1 million from the State Senate - will provide the Town tremendous momentum as it looks to transform space located at the former Irondequoit Mall to a community amenity that has long been envisioned for Irondequoit, but has never come to fruition.

“We are grateful to Majority Leader Morelle and Senator Funke for securing this funding to benefit the people of Irondequoit. As we look to keep our Town the best place to live and raise a family, the need for a community center can’t be overstated,” said Supervisor Seeley. “I am thrilled that what was once a dream will soon become a reality to Town residents of all ages.”

“Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle said: “Today marks an exciting step forward for the Irondequoit community and follows through on our promise to advance residents’ interests and improve quality of life for all who call this wonderful town home. I am proud to be able to support the redevelopment of this building, which has been a top priority of Irondequoit officials for many years. Working together, we will continue to make Irondequoit a town for a lifetime.”

“I’m pleased to be here today with Supervisor Seeley and Majority Leader Morelle to celebrate a new day for this community and for this facility. I lived in Irondequoit and raised my kids here, so I feel a strong connection to this project aimed at providing a space for our children and families to gather and enjoy. The word community has its origins in a Latin phrase that means society, fellowship and courtesy. We have always had that in abundance here in Irondequoit, and today we begin the journey toward creating a physical location where those qualities can flourish. I’m proud to be a part of it and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.” Senator Rich Funke.

While Irondequoit is the second-largest town in Monroe County, it is the only large suburb in the area that lacks either a town-run community center or a non-government run facility, such as a YMCA or JCC. Several plans over the past 25 years have been developed to construct a community recreation center at various locations, yet were never executed. In 2015, the Town opened a new state-of-the-art centralized library.

In August, Angelo Ingrassia, owner of the former Mall, announced plans to redevelop the former Mall into SkyView on the Ridge, a provide approximately 50,000 square feet of the facility to the Town of Irondequoit, to be used for a community facility.

The Town is currently conducting a public engagement process that will allow community feedback to help determine needs and priorities. An ad-hoc Community Center Advisory Committee, made up of residents and created by Supervisor Seeley, will work with Town Hall to model a final blueprint, which will be ready in early 2018.