Nazareth College, Irondequoit Country Club reach compromise on proposed athletic facility

Renderings for the proposed facility were shown off during the Pittsford Town Planning Board meeting Monday (WHAM photo)

Pittsford, N.Y. – A proposed athletic facility for Nazareth College is a step closer to becoming a reality.

The college is looking to develop the Golisano Athletic Training Facility. It is working with the Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics to create a facility where individuals with intellectual disabilities can train and take part in wellness programs.

The project had drawn some concerns from the neighboring Irondequoit Country Club, which was worried about potential noise from the facility, as well as its impact on aesthetics. Some compromises, including moving the site of the structure and the creation of a berm to shield the structure, were agreed upon between the two parties.

“It’s still going to be a few years before the trees grow up and will provide the necessary screening,” said ICC’s attorney, Alan Knauf. “But the club is supportive of the college. We understand they have a need for the field house, and we just wanted some reasonable adjustments so that it doesn’t have the kind of impact on the club and the neighborhood.”

“They made some real efforts,” he added. “It’s not perfect, not exactly what we wanted, but we think it’s a reasonable compromise that we can work with.”

Nazareth College’s president says he’s hopeful for the impact the facility may have on both the college and the community.

“The important fact is that this facility – which is critical for our students, but is even more critical for the community, because what we’re doing is unique, truly unique in the United States,” said President Daan Braveman.

“Our students in our health and human services programs are going to be trained to work with this population of individuals, so that when they go out…they’re better prepared to work with a group that’s really under-served, terribly under-served,” he added.

The Pittsford Town Board closed the hearing on the proposed project Monday night. A decision on whether it is approved could be issued in the near-future.

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