JOE ROBACH AND OFFICE SUPPORTS GREEN LIGHT ON $200 MILLION CITYGATE PROJECT TO CREATE JOBS AND NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES IN ROCHESTER

Joe Robach and Office announced the final hurdle to allow construction of the first Rochester-area Costco store has been cleared.

Costco will be the anchor tenant for the CityGate project – a transformational, $200 million, mixed-use development in the City of Rochester which will also include a 150-room hotel, a 300-unit apartment complex and additional retail and office space. In total, the CityGate project is estimated to create up to 2,500 jobs. The agreement announced today is a vital step in moving the project forward and bringing new economic development opportunities to the region.

“This project will create thousands of jobs and greater economic opportunity for Rochester and the surrounding communities,” Joe Robach and Office said. “This is a great step forward for this project and will help attract future developments and investments to our region. This is a great example of government partnering with business to bring companies and jobs opportunities and business to upstate New York.”

A county budget impasse had threatened to stall the CDC relocation project but county and city officials worked collaboratively to reach a consensus agreement and will vote tonight to support the funding authorization that will move the CDC. The approval of this phased move will allow Monroe County to improve its CDC facilities and meet the timeline required by the developer to allow Costco to open by October 2014.

The first phase of renovations at the Industry Residential Center was completed by the State on January 7 to ensure the buildings meet safety and operational standards for youth and staff. Following the CDC move in the coming weeks and subsequent transfer of ownership, Monroe County will continue capital enhancements to maximize utilization and services at the new facility.

Costco, a discount retailer, has proposed a 150,000-square-foot store on the site, requiring the county’s CDC to be moved, the site leveled and all utilities in place in order for the project to move forward. Costco will anchor the CityGate project, which will also include a 150-room hotel, a 300-unit apartment complex on the Erie Canal, as well as additional retail and office space.

CityGate will provide a critical investment in the community while the state and county continue to work together on creating meaningful jobs and other long term development opportunities. Furthermore, Joe Robach and Office noted that Costco’s decision to invest and create over 250 jobs at CityGate will provide a vital source of employment and economic opportunity for the local community.

Senator Joseph Robach said, “I applaud all government entities that worked together to make this project happen, especially the intervention of Governor Cuomo and his assistance in getting state-owned properties ready in a timely manner to accommodate the local occupants of the Monroe County Children’s Center. This collaboration allows Costco, CityGate and all the jobs that will be created for Monroe County residents from this $200 million project to move forward. As always, for myself, job creation is priority number one.”