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Genesee County’s Habitat for Humanity has officially acquired the title to the former Cristina’s Bistro on Ellicott Street in Batavia.

The deal was sealed about four months after Chuck Brumsted announced he would donate his property to a local non-profit organization. Habitat will now begin converting Cristina’s into an office headquarters for their organization.|

Habitat’s Executive Director, Jessica Tomidy, says she’s thrilled.

"Right now, we're sort of not on-the-map," says Tomidy.
"Our locations are graciously hosted at churches. But we would like to have one central location, where our offices are accessible and people can walk in off the street and see us if they need to. Right now it's a little inaccessible for people, and we're hoping that with this more visible downtown location, that will change."

Habitat for Humanity does inherit all of the code violations currently leveled against the property. But Tomidy says she isn’t worried.

"We'll work through any issues that the building has now," she says. "The condition of the building does need to be addressed, to some degree. And we're sort of the experts in that field, so to speak."

As part of the agreement, Habitat will build a peace garden on the property, in memory of Brumsted’s grandmother. The former restaurant had been named in her honor.

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