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Meeting to discuss fate of Medley Centre

Irondequoit, N.Y. Theres a meeting on Friday between all parties who will decide the fate of Medley Centre in Irondequoit.

Initially, this meeting was going to focus on what to do with the developer who missed a major milestone this spring.

He failed to show the development he promised in a tax agreement.

Now there's word that developer, Scott Congel, will actually attend the meeting.

At the meeting on Friday I will be discussing the process for the three buildings coming down on East Ridge Road, said Irondequoit Town Supervisor Mary Joyce DAurizio.

Taking down those buildings will be the first movement on the property since the P.I.L.O.T. Agreement was signed years ago. According to DAurizio the buildings need to be taken down because of code problems.

I think it's a very good sign that project is moving ahead, said DAurizio.

As for some recent talk of putting a casino in Medley Centre, DAurizio hasnt heard if thats on the agenda for Friday.

I think it has been no secret on his [Congel] part that he did have an interest in that, said DAurizio, He has not told me directly of any details of that, but I think it's something he's always been interested in.

But the P.I.L.O.T. Agreement says Congel cannot put a casino at Medley Center.

That was done on purpose and that was done for two reasons, said East Irondequoit School District Deputy Superintendent John Abbott. One because the community has had no discussion that they want a casino, that's the first hurdle. Second is the economics is much different with a casino, I guess I would have to be convinced why tax abatements are necessary to build a casino. They tend to be very successful. If we are going to give our approval we need to share in the success.

Congel has until January to pay the supplemental payment after missing a deadline in April.

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