Honeoye Falls, N.Y. – Nick Kokkinis remembers when the General Motors fuel-cell research plant shut down in Honeoye Falls. He owns Critic's Family Restaurant, not far from the former site, and says he used to serve GM employees regularly.
But when the plant closed and more than 220 jobs left, his business, like many others, were impacted.
"Whether it was the bars, pizzeria, the grocery store - everyone felt it," said Kokkinis. "Because they spent money here, they were well-paying jobs."
But now, the former plant is under new ownership, the village’s mayor tells 13WHAM.
News of the purchase spread fast around the small community after a Facebook post on the village's Facebook page Saturday.
Mayor Richard Milne said the property, which has been vacant for about five years, has been sold to two owners.
"It's great news, I'm really glad to hear that. I can't wait to hear who they are coming in and what they have to offer," said Andrea Zynda-Weiss, who's lived in Honeoye Falls since 2006.
She called the plant a source of pride for the community when it was operating.
Mayor Milne said a formal announcement about the plant’s future may be a month or two away, but he added the new businesses are expected to create around 100 jobs.
Milne said the businesses are manufacturing-related and he anticipates the changes will have a large impact in the community.