Irondequoit, N.Y. – Across the street from where the project is slated to be developed, Titus Tavern was buzzing with business Sunday.
“I had high expectations,” said owner John Giehl, when asked how he expected business to be. They’ve only been open for eight days. “But it's exceeded my expectations.”
Titus Tavern opened last Friday
The tavern, on the corner of Titus Avenue and Cooper Road has been bustling since day one, and the owner looks forward to the potential of more business with the development of I-Square.
“It will be fun watching the development here from outside our windows,” said Giehl.
The 92,000 square-foot project will run along Titus Avenue and Cooper Road.
Developer Mike Nolan showed us the plans consisting of shops, office space, restaurants, apartments, and an outdoor stage. Nolan is eager for Wednesday's meeting.
That's when the town board is expected to vote on tax abatements. Nolan rejected the town's first offer but the two sides have a new agreement.
“Hopefully they'll vote in favor of our pilot plan,” said Nolan. “That really gets us off and moving.”
In the middle of the project is House of Guitars. It will remain as is, bringing in it's own steady flow of customers.
“I think the project is a good idea,” said owner Armand Schaubroeck, “I think it might add something to the community. The only thing I’m worried about is parking for it.”
But there will be enough parking, argues Nolan.
“As we develop each building, we'll have parking coordinated with the size of the building and the expectation for the tenant and the usage of the building,” said Nolan.
There are seven buildings in the plan, and out of the first three buildings expected to be built, only two open spaces for tenants are left.