Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced a bipartisan effort has ensured that the CityGate project will move forward, including Western New York’s first Costco location in the City of Rochester. Warren played an integral role in securing support for CityGate after Brooks made a personal appeal for her assistance to end a Legislative impasse stalling the project.
“This is a testament to the great progress that can be made when local leaders put politics aside and support important projects that create jobs, promote investment, and enhance quality of life,” said Brooks. “I thank Mayor Warren for her partnership in this effort and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her and her Administration in the days to come.”
“I appreciate that from the first week of my Administration, County Executive Brooks showed a willingness to open the lines of communications concerning one of the most important needs our community faces – jobs,” said Warren. “The CityGate/Costco project is good for Rochester and good for Monroe County. When we can come together around great projects like this one, the people win.”
With consensus reached, County Legislature Majority Leader Steve Tucciarello and Minority Leader Carrie Andrews also announced their intent to tonight approve funding for the relocation of the County’s Children’s Detention Center (CDC). The existing CDC facility stands in the footprint of the future Costco site at CityGate and, with the appropriate funding secured, will now be relocated to a renovated space at the State-owned Industry Campus in Rush.
“In this new year, I am proud to be able to work together with my colleagues across the aisle to bring important jobs to families in our community,” said Tucciarello. “Thanks to this collaborative effort, we will begin work on the MCC Downtown Campus, provide a permanent solution for the Children’s Detention Center and utilize local labor to put thousands of our community’s residents to work.”
“If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that local employers who pay a living wage and bring needed jobs to our area are good for our economy,” said Andrews. “That's why our caucus has long supported the Costco/CityGate project and its accompanying jobs. We look forward to seeing it proceed.”
The effort will allow CityGate developer Anthony J. Costello to begin work on the project in time to meet Costco’s deadline for occupancy in fall of 2014. Costco will build a 150,000 square foot store in CityGate at the southeast corner of East Henrietta Road and Westfall Road in the City of Rochester. The $30 million project is projected to create over 200 new jobs in the next three years.
“I applaud the efforts of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren who worked in partnership with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks to bring about resolution that will allow the CityGate project to move forward bringing with it Costco, jobs, needed tax revenue and millions of dollars in private investment to the city's southern gateway,” said Costello, Chairman of The Costello Group. “Pending approval at tonight's meeting of the county legislature, it is imperative that the children housed at the Children's Detention Center are relocated expeditiously to the newly renovated facility at the Industry Residential Center campus in Rush to meet Costco's June 1 deadline to start construction in order for Costco to open on or about October 1, 2014.”