TOWN OF IRONDEQUOIT BREAKS GROUND ON FUTURE COMMUNITY CENTER AT FORMER MALL
The Town of Irondequoit today broke ground on a new Community Center to be located at the former Irondequoit Mall, now known as Skyview on the Ridge. The 42,000 square foot project represents a turning point at the facility and will provide Town residents with an amenity currently lacking in the Irondequoit community.
Joining Supervisor Dave Seeley at the event today were Congressman Joseph Morelle, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and other town, county and state officials.
“This truly is an exciting day for Irondequoit – one that is a long time coming. In my office lies a stack of plans for a town community center that have never been acted upon. Today, we are turning a long-sought idea into tangible progress for our town,” said Supervisor Dave Seeley. “We never asked for the plight of the former Mall to become part of Irondequoit’s story, but we are now taking it upon ourselves to write the next chapter in that story: one where Irondequoit emerges from adversity as an even stronger community.”
“Today marks an exciting step forward for the Irondequoit community,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “I was proud to secure funds during my time as Assembly Majority Leader to help make this project a reality and improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Irondequoit home. I’m grateful to Supervisor Seeley and our many government and community partners for their dedication to redeveloping this building with investments that support residents and truly make Irondequoit a town for a lifetime.”
“As a former Town Board member in my hometown, I know how important projects like this are to improve quality of life for residents and help ensure access to vital services,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Today we begin a new day for the Town of Irondequoit with a state supported project that will revitalize part of the former Irondequoit mall to create a community center residents have been advocating for. This project is part of our efforts to support great ideas that come from our local partners as we continue the work to improve the economy of the Finger Lakes Region.”
“Residents across Irondequoit, myself and my family included, have longed for the day that the former Mall turned back into a community asset,” said County Executive Adam Bello. “Today is that day. Congratulations to Supervisor Seeley for his leadership on this project, and to the entire community for coming together and building a brighter future.”
In July of 2019, the residents of Irondequoit authorized the community center project to move forward via a town-wide referendum. The $9.5 million project would involve transforming the area’s northern main entrance of the former mall into a community center, which would house the Town’s recreation programming, include a fitness center and communal space for residents, young and old, to utilize. At present, Irondequoit is the only larger town in Monroe County to lack either a YMCA-type facility or a town-operated community center.
"Today's groundbreaking is another important step in the establishment of a state of the art community center for the citizens of Irondequoit " said Senator Rich Funke, (R-C-I, Fairport) " I have been proud to deliver critical funding to this project in the past and I am pleased to see it moving forward on schedule. Supervisor Seeley and his team continue to do great things for the Town of Irondequoit and this is just another example."
"Today is a great day for every resident of Irondequoit. Our new Community Center will transform the quality of life for generations of residents, expanding the much needed amenities in our Town,” said Assemblywoman Jamie Romeo. “I am proud to join all of our partners in Government to support the transformation of the Medley Centre so we can open the door to a better, brighter future for Irondequoit."
The first phase of construction will involve demolition of the demised premises. The Town has been working diligently with its design team to ensure final complete design plans are ready soon enough to put the Town in a favorable construction bidding season.
The community center is part of the First Phase of development of the interior areas of the former Mall, which is being supported by a $2 million grant from the State of New York, through the Regional Economic Development Council process. The new community center will play a role in the long-desired transformation of the former Mall. In 2018, the top floor of the former Macy’s was transformed into a business services center, now operated by Continuum Global Solutions. The lower floor of the Macy’s is occupied by the Ronald McDonald House Charities Sale.
The Town of Irondequoit will likely not be the only tenant breaking ground in the former Mall this year. Pathstone Development Corporation is set to begin a redevelopment of the former Sears store into a 157 -unit senior housing complex. This estimated $44 million project will include construction of an adjacent four-story building, with an estimated completion date of Spring, 2022.
Furthermore, St. Ann’s Community has also executed a lease agreement to expand its adult day care program in space once occupied by Ruby Tuesday’s. The owner of the Mall has already begun work on the exterior façade, as well as repairing the roof.