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Casino in the Town of Greece?

Greece, NY - A group of developers from California are in the middle of purchasing the old Odenbach Shipyard and said it would be a suitable site for a casino, among other plans for retail shops and restaurants.

Christopher Westfall with Pyramid Brokerage showed 13WHAM new renderings of the plans at 66 acres and said demolition was slated to begin in a month.

Called Parkway Commons and Waterside, it has a recreational space along the water for canoeing and kayaking, restaurants and retail stores. Westfall said developers hope to bring in a big box store like Costco or Walmart.

"I would love to see this developed and see some retail stuff out here to attract more people to come up to the beach, to this area, but I'd also want to be sure that it's great for the residents and the businesses in the area that we patronize," said Gerianne Puskas.

Westfall said talks have just begun for a possible casino. 

"I think there is interest in a casino in the area, and this is available," he said. "They were shut out of some other sites in Henrietta and this might be a great spot for it."

Westfall would not say who they are speaking with about a casino, but said not a "bad guess" when asked if it was the Seneca Group.

David Puskas lives a few minutes away from the old shipyard and said, "It's the type of thing that nobody really wants to have in their backyard, you know people would rather travel to a casino then to have one five minutes away."

Before the deal on the property is closed, one of the hurdles developers will need to get past is the fact that the property is a superfund site. Westfall said they are currently talking with the Department of Environmental Conservation.

"We are working with DEC to develop a plan for remediation to get a handle as to what has to be done, whether or not a development would be feasible on that site," said Westfall.

Westfall said they have experience working with environmentally contaminated sites and developing them, and hopes to have a clearer picture in a few months.

Robert Stothard lives in Greece and said, "If the land can be cleaned up chemical free. I like those general plans. It looks like it would be very good for the area."

Developers have not yet approached the Town of Greece about a casino.

 
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