13WHAM Exclusive: Medley Mystery Solved
Irondequoit, N.Y. (WHAM) - A glimmer of hope is on the horizon for the former Medley Centre in Irondequoit.
Sources tell 13WHAM that the desolate mall will be turned into a 70,000 square foot community center with a food court above it.
Developer Angelo Ingrassia is set to formally announce his plans at a news conference scheduled for August 29 at 11:30 a.m.
"I'd rather see a community center," said Irondequoit resident Colleen Gill. "Some place that people can go to gather. Right now, all we have is the library and that's really not enough."
"I myself have three kids, so that is something I myself know my kids will be safe going to," Irondequoit resident Mevenly Soumahoro said.
Daniel Platten has different thoughts.
"A casino," said Platten, who's lived in Irondequoit for 31 years. "I think Rochester needs one because Niagara Falls is kind of far away. Syracuse is far away."
Ingrassia bought the property in January 2016 at a public auction for $100,000, a short time after developer Scott Congel and his company Bersin Properties lost it in a legal battle.
Ingrassia is no stranger to development in the town. He owns a number of properties along E. Ridge Road including the L.A. Fitness and the Depot Plaza.
Back in April, Conduent, the Xerox spin-off created when the company split in two last year, announced it will be bringing a call center to the former Macy's store at the complex. The agreement was made with Flaum Management, which owns the former Macy's building.
According to spokesperson Rebecca Leclair, Ingrassia will be joined by Frank Perticone and Robert Morgan to reveal their plans for the property.
Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says although frustrated by broken promises, he's optimistic about the future.
"The trend of retail just seems to be going in the other direction," Seeley said. "What you'll hopefully see is something that is redeveloped, productive, and adding to the economy."