The Town of Irondequoit today announced plans to develop a Community Master Planning Process to guide the transformation of the rear portion of its municipal campus on Titus Ave. The town is seeking to repurpose roughly seven acres of land on the town campus into public parkland and recreational space, including site of the former Department of Public Works facility, which was relocated following a devastating 2016 fire.
The Town plans to hold community meetings, both virtually and in-person, to garner public input and complete a Master Plan and design for this space by the end of 2021, with construction taking place throughout 2022. After conducting a Request for Proposals, the Town has selected EDR to oversee the Master Plan process.
“Irondequoit’s town campus has undergone many changes over the past several years. This effort to redesign the rear section of our campus will serve as a capstone to the recent improvements and will provide new amenities and a parklike setting for our residents to enjoy,” said Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley. “I look forward to an extensive community-driven planning process as we move forward with the last phase of our campus redevelopment.”
“This project is further proof of Irondequoit’s commitment to turning tragedy into opportunity following the devastating fire in 2016,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “I’m proud to have secured funds to support this exciting transformation of the town campus that will strengthen quality of life for everyone who calls Irondequoit home. I’m grateful to Supervisor Seeley for his leadership and dedication to finding creative solutions that meet the needs of residents and set our community up for long-term success.”
“As a proud Irondequoit resident and former Town Supervisor, it’s incredible to see the continuous transformation of our Town Hall campus,” said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. “I want to commend Supervisor Seeley and the entire Town Board for involving the community in the repurposing of the former DPW parcel. Our town has seen a lot of positive change over the last several years, this project will be just another step in moving our community forward. Government is truly at its best when it involves and includes the residents in important decisions like this one.”
“The redesign of the Irondequoit campus is an exciting opportunity to transform the heart of the town into an area that is more accessible and usable for all,” said Assemblywoman Sarah Clark. “Better utilization of the current space will support popular events such as the Irondequoit Farmers Market and Summer Music series, but will also create a park-like setting for families to enjoy as well as increase the amount of outdoor amenities available for residents to use. And most importantly, the Community Master Planning Process will give everyone the chance to directly share their vision and ideas for this space. I can’t wait to see the results.”
On December 26th, 2016, a fire broke out at the Department of Public Works building resulting in substantial damage to both its structure and its fleet of vehicles. Following the incident, the town constructed a new DPW facility on previously vacant land off of East Ridge Road. This relocation, borne out of tragedy, has ultimately provided the opportunity for a dramatic transformation of the town campus.
The nearly seven-acre section under consideration represents a rare opportunity to design new green space in a town that is almost entirely developed and will create the first new comprehensive public space for the Town of Irondequoit in over a generation. This transformation project is also consistent with the Town’s 2014 Comprehensive Master Plan, which recommended the Town work to enhance and expand recreation, parks and trails.
Since 2015, the Town has made several enhancements to its municipal campus, first with the construction of a new consolidated library, which was followed by the 2017 opening of a new baseball/softball complex in the northernmost portion. The Town also opened four new athletic fields at Camp Eastman in 2018.
The Town has committed to searching for an alternative location for the cell tower that sits in the middle of the campus and hopes to demolish the remainder of the former-DPW site.
With the opening of the library and the growing popularity of the Farmers’ Market and Summer Music series on the West Lawn, the town campus has seen an increase in pedestrian traffic. The transformation of the campus will also consider changes to traffic flow and parking areas to improve the safety of pedestrians on campus and also ideally provide the Irondequoit Police Department a dedicated egress road.
The Town does not intend to bond money for this project and will use a $250,000 grant secured by then-Assemblyman Morelle, funding from the federal American Rescue Plan, and existing reserve funds. The Town also intends to use over $25,000 generated from a community solar campaign to add sustainable elements to the project.