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Demolition begins at Steamboat Landing

Canandaigua, N.Y. -- This week will be one of the last times locals will get to see the former Steamboat Landing Restaurant on the Canandaigua lakefront.

"It's really sad it's getting torn down because we've made a lot of memories here since being a little kid, said Tyler Fischer of Canandaigua.

The restaurant has stood on the lakefront for more than a decade, but the landowner just started demolishing the building Friday to make way for a $54 million Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort.

Canandaigua city officials said they've been waiting for a project like this for at least two decades.

"It's going to bring a lot of economic prosperity to our residents in the city, as well as our small businesses, said Ian Boni, Canandaigua City Council. We'll have an influx of people coming to the city.

Boni said the project entails a five-story, 60-foot structure with more than a hundred rooms and a conference space. There will also be about 50 time share condominiums.

"It'll just add that sense (that) we're the gateway to the Finger Lakes here, and we want to keep our community as strong and vibrant as possible, said Boni.

The resort is set to open in 2015. While progress is being made, it's a bittersweet goodbye to a piece of Fischers childhood memory.

It's not going to be the same anymore," he said. It's disheartening."

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Washington Times