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Dinolfo: County Supports City's Request for Neighborhood Construction Tax Exemption

Dinolfo: County Supports City's Request for Neighborhood Construction Tax Exemption

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced her support for Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren’s request to expand the Core Housing Owner Incentive Exemption (CHOICE) program, which would provide assistance to homeowners who build new, owner-occupied residential units across the City of Rochester. The City is seeking approval from Imagine Monroe and today presented a plan to the Imagine Monroe Board at the Board’s regularly-scheduled September meeting. The expansion will be voted on by the Imagine Monroe Board at a future meeting.

“Monroe County is proud to maintain a strong working relationship with our partners in City government when it comes to economic development. In fact, the County and the City share an expedited application process for employers who are looking to locate or grow in the City who are also seeking support from Imagine Monroe,” said Dinolfo. “The Mayor’s proposal to expand the residential construction exemption to include all City neighborhoods is a good one, and will provide yet another opportunity for the County and the City to work together to best serve our residents and families. The Mayor’s plan has my full support and I hope it is approved by the Imagine Monroe Board soon.”

Dinolfo also announced that Imagine Monroe today approved assistance for several local economic development projects. These projects are anticipated to retain 585 jobs and create 188.5 full-time equivalent jobs in Monroe County.

September 2019 Approved Projects:

Applicant:

Zweigle’s Inc.

651 Plymouth Ave. North

Rochester, NY 14608

Project Location:

651 Plymouth Ave. North

Rochester, NY 14608

Zweigles’s Inc. (Zweigle’s) founded in 1880, is a 5th generation family owned producer of sausages, hot dogs and specialty meats. The company proposes to add an additional 13,000 sq. ft. to their production facility located in the City of Rochester. Zweigle’s is experiencing increased demand in existing and new markets. The company considered North Carolina for this expansion as it is closer to suppliers. The applicant is seeking a JobsPlus Property Tax Abatement, Sales Tax and Mortgage Recording Tax Exemptions. The $4.6 million project will impact 56 workers and is projected to create 9 new full-time jobs over the next 3 years.

Applicant:

CloudCheckr, Inc.

342 Goodman Street North

Rochester, NY 14607

Project Location:

277 Goodman Street North

Rochester, NY 14607

CloudCheckr, Inc. (CloudCheckr), is a global Software as a service (Saas) software provider focusing on helping enterprises manage their cloud infrastructure. The company currently employs 150 people globally, with 133 people at the company headquarters in Rochester, NY. To accommodate company growth and market opportunities, CloudChecker proposes to lease an additional 5,000 square feet of office space located at 277 Goodman Street North in the City of Rochester. The company will need to purchase tech equipment for the new office space and new employees along with associated furniture and fixtures. The applicant seeks approval of Sales Tax Exemption on furniture, fixtures and equipment purchases of $345,000. The project expects to create 57 full-time jobs.

Applicant:

Buckingham Properties, LLC

259 Alexander Street

Rochester, NY 14607

Project Location:

Butler/Till Media Services Inc.

260 E. Broad Street

Rochester, NY 14604

Buckingham Properties LLC (Buckingham) proposes the construction of a 106,000 square foot, five story mixed use facility in the City of Rochester, at Parcel 2 of the former Midtown Plaza. The owner of the project will be Midtown Parcel 2 LLC, a joint venture between Buckingham and Butler/Till Media Services Inc. (B/T), a full service media planning and buying agency. The proposed $26 million project will include the new corporate headquarters for B/T who will occupy approximately 50,000 square feet. The remaining square footage will include 28 residential units ranging from 698 to 1,447 sq. ft., 20% of the residential units will be affordable to households earning no more than 60% of the area median income. The project will also include a smaller retail component. The project is located in a distressed census tract. The applicant is seeking approval of the JobsPlus Property Tax Abatement, Mortgage Recording and Sales Tax Exemption on the $26 million building investment. B/T is requesting approval of Sales Tax Exemption on $1.1 million of investment. B/T expects to create 75 full-time jobs over a 3 year period. The City of Rochester supports the project.

Applicant:

Buckingham Properties, LLC

259 Alexander Street

Rochester, NY 14607

Project Location:

American Aerogel Corporation

460 Buffalo Road

Rochester, NY 14611

Buckingham Properties LLC (Buckingham), a commercial real estate and development company, proposes to modernize and renovate an existing commercial building located at 460 Buffalo Road in the City of Rochester. The tenant, American Aerogel Corporation (American Aerogel), manufactures insulated shipping packages that keep temperature-sensitive material safe by using performance-leading aerogel-based insulation. The $5.2 million project will include improvements of the roof, parking lot, loading docks, facade, common areas and a major renovation to the interior of American Aerogel’s leased space. Buckingham seeks Sales Tax and Mortgage Recording Tax Exemptions as well as the JobsPlus Property Tax Abatement on the $4.6 million building investment. American Aerogel seeks Sales Tax Exemption on materials, furniture and fixtures on purchases of $450,000. The project will impact 110 existing FTEs and is expected to create an additional 20 full-time jobs over 3 years.

Applicant:

Mid-Town Athletic Club, LLC

200 E. Highland Drive

Rochester, NY 14610

Project Location:

200 E. Highland Drive

Rochester, NY 14610

Mid-Town Athletic Club, LLC (Midtown) is proposing modernization and internal renovations to 57,000 square feet of their existing facility at 200 E. Highland Drive in the City of Rochester, bordering the Town of Brighton. The proposed project is contiguous to a distressed census tract in the Town of Brighton. Midtown is a health and athletic facility providing services to the residents of Rochester and surrounding areas for over four decades. The applicant seeks approval of Sales Tax and Mortgage Recording Tax Exemptions only. Midtown requests Sales Tax Exemption approval on $5,850,000 in construction materials, furnishings and equipment purchases. The $10.3 million project is projected to create 20 full time jobs and 10 part time jobs over 3 years.

Applicant:

DiMarco Group, LLC

1950 Brighton-Henrietta TL Road

Rochester, NY 14623

Project Location:

DRO Greece LLC

4050 West Ridge Road

Rochester, NY 14626

The DiMarco Group, LLC (DiMarco), a real estate developer, proposes to renovate and buildout 10,000 square feet of existing office space at 4050 West Ridge Road in the Town of Greece. The tenant, DRO Greece LLC (DRO) is a franchisee for Venture X, a co-working franchise. Venture X provides high quality, flexible, collaborative working spaces for small businesses and business professionals. Venture X has multiple locations and has a presence in the U.S and Canada. The applicant is seeking Sales Tax Exemption on construction materials and the tenant is seeking Sales Tax Exemption on Furniture & Fixtures related to project purchases of $395,000. The project is projected to create 2.5 full-time jobs over the next 3 years.