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State helping move along Costco project

Rochester, N.Y. Next week the Monroe County Children's Detention center should be on the move.

It's being relocated to make way for new Costco store in Rochester on East Henrietta Road.

The move has been one of the more contentious parts of the Costco project.

The state is improving buildings on the state's School at Industry to move the county's Children's Detention Center.

This is the first phase of moving the CDC - it was agreed on in November.

The second phase will put on additions and make other improvements to the facility.

The county democrats say they're glad the state is picking up the ball after the funding was tabled.

We have all along supported this project want to see it happen, said Minority Leader Carrie Andrews, and realize the only remaining obstacle for Costco to meet the deadline this year is for the kids to be moved my January 10th and now that the state says they're going to continue that work and meet that deadline everything should be cleared to move forward.

The county republicans say because of the capital budget stalemate the county doesn't have the funds in place to pay the state back.

The county sent this statement from spokesperson Justin Feasel:

Monroe County has maintained that we will only relocate our Childrens Detention Center with both a short-term and long-term solution in place. While we are appreciative of the States efforts to develop a short term solution, unfortunately the long-term answer lies solely in the hands of Legislature Democrats. If Minority Leader Andrews truly cares about this project, she alone could put politics aside and provide the 20th vote to make our communitys vision for CityGate a reality.

The temporary improvements are costing around $1-million.

The total project is estimated to cost $9-million.

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