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Medley Centre pays $100K
by Sean Carroll
Irondequoit, N.Y. -- The owner of the Medley Centre paid the Town of Irondequoit $100,000 on Wednesday afternoon.
The payment was the result of a court-ordered fine stemming from code violations at the mall property.
Earlier this month, the mall's owner, Bersin Properties, LLC, an entity controlled by developer Scott Congel, agreed to pay the fine in court without admitting any wrongdoing. The violations were discovered during a January inspection by the town fire marshall.
Irondequoit Town Supervisor Adam Bello told 13WHAM News he expected the payment because it was ordered by the court. He said the mall's owner needs to be held accountable for potential public safety issues just like any other property owner in the town.
But, can any conclusions be drawn between this payment and the future of the proposed project at Medley Centre or other legal actions pending?
"They're really two separate issues, the code enforcement versus the PILOT payments," Bello responded when asked. "I wouldn't draw any conclusions that we're finally going to see a development there. I've seen no sign or indication that the current owner has any ability to finance a project there or any will to do so."
Jim Giuliano, a partner at Bersin Properties, released a statement Wednesday saying the company is still trying to move forward with its plans.
"Today, Bersin Properties released funds to settle the fine levied by the Town of Irondequoit for alleged code violations at Medley Centre," Giuliano wrote. "While our position is and has been that the mall was 'moth balled' while awaiting the beginning of construction, we decided that we wanted to put this issue behind us so that we can continue to focus on moving this project forward. This project, over $1 billion in investment in the area, is the largest capital expenditure project ever undertaken in this part of the state and we continue to work towards beginning construction."