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North Shore project takes one step forward
Canandaigua, N.Y. -- Canandaigua City School Board meetings usually attract one or two people from the public, but dozens found a seat at Thursday night's meeting in the Canandaigua Middle School auditorium.
The crowd was there to hear the vote on the PILOT Increment Financing (PIF) for the North Shore Development thats planned to be built along Lakeshore Boulevard in the City of Canandaigua.
Once on topic, the board voted quickly, 6-1, in favor of the PIF that will help fund $11 million of the project.
The North Shore Development will consist of retail and residential space along 21 acres of land across from Kershaw Park.
The meeting opened for public comment after the vote, angering some of the public that came to speak.
I'm shocked. Did you just vote to accept the PIF? asked Joe Macca, a Canandaigua resident who is against the project.
We did, replied school board president, Jeanie Grimm.
Now you're asking for public comment? Wow, OK, said Macca. I tell you I'm taken back by that. I really am.
But not everyone was upset by the order. Those who support the project, like Pierre Heroux, owner of Simply Crepes on South Main Street, were happy to get up and congratulate the board on their decision.
I know it was not easy, but you did it all and you did it well, said Heroux during the public comment. I commend you for doing that and I commend the developers for bringing it to us and I can't wait to see it built.
The PIF was also passed last week by Canandaigua City Council. The final vote will be held by the Ontario County Board of Supervisors in March.