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. As Irondequoit continues to transform itself into a multi-generational community – one that is attracting younger families while aiming to allow long-time residents the opportunity to age in place – we must always seize opportunities to make our community better. In 2019, the people of Irondequoit will have the chance turn a long-standing vision for a true community recreation center in our Town in to a reality.
A potential public-private partnership at Skyview on the Ridge, the former Irondequoit Mall, presents a unique opportunity to construct a 43,000 square-foot community recreation center in the heart of Irondequoit. In Fall of 2017, at Supervisor Seeley’s request to allow town residents to play a part in the redevelopment of the former mall, its owner generously agreed to donate space in the facility for the Town to redevelop into a community center.
Since then, the Town has worked to engage the community of Irondequoit and has worked with the facility owner to develop a plan that provides this amenity in a manner that best protects the taxpayer, while also enhancing our quality of life.
The future of Irondequoit is in the hands of its residents. On July 30th, a community referendum will determine whether the Town Board shall continue to move forward with the construction of a $8.5 million community center.