posted on July 30, 2013 07:20
A comprehensive plan into how best to redevelop some of Batavia’s underutilized or abandon industrial and commercial building sites has been made public.
The Batavia Opportunity Area project concludes, among other things, that a large portion of the former Genesee Country Mall concourse should be torn down exposing existing businesses to the outside world.
The plan would also call for the Hillside building and four other mall properties to be razed as Jackson Street would be extended across Main to Alva Place.
All of this is a concept and it cost $260,000, paid for with a grant.
Ward Four councilman Pier Cipollone, the only councilperson to attend the entire public meeting last night, says the expenditure was necessary:
"You hate to spend money but sometimes you have to just to get the specs correct. You have to get the input, as we have learned in the past, from the public and multiple sources otherwise the project can not go forward.It is just something you have to do."
The plan was met with mixed reviews among the 60 or so people attending. Downtown businesswoman Mary Valle liked what she saw:
"I find it to be very exciting. It is the first plan that I have seen in the 12 years that I have been in the retail business. I feel this would asthetically improve things,the stores in the back of the mall would be more exposed, we would have adequate parking and a greater potential to attract new businesses."
The Canadian company buying out Bausch and Lomb says it's moving its headquarters from Rochester to New Jersey, and cutting ten to 15-percent of the total workforce.
About 17-hundred people work for Bausch and Lomb in Rochester. Company officials say 1,200 job cuts could come in one day.
Batavia Police have made a second arrest in the break-in last month of the Sherwin-Williams paint store.
Michael Elmore, 22, of Bank Street, Batavia, is charged with one count of felony burglary and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail for his alleged role in the heist.
Police had already collared Rebecca Morse, 21, also of Bank Street.
Authorities said Rebecca was an employee of the store and allegedly assisted in the burglary by providing a key.
State officials are looking into a reported poisoning of a prison guard at the Orleans Correctional Facility in Medina. They say he took a sip from a store-bought beverage he had been drinking all day when he immediately became violently ill. He was rushed to the hospital where they say his PH levels were three to five times higher than normal. The prison was immediately locked down for a search.
A reminder for Batavia motorists.
Expect traffic delays today along Richmond Ave. between Park Road and Oak Street.
Traffic will be reduced to one lane for repaving.
That’s Richmond Ave between Park Rd. and Oak St.