Proposal withdrawn for Schoen Place boutique hotel

The application to redevelop the property at 35 Schoen Place was withdrawn. (WHAM photo)

Pittsford, N.Y. (WHAM) - A months-long debate over whether a historical building in the village of Pittsford should be redeveloped into new businesses appears to have ended.

The application to redevelop the property at 25 Schoen Place was withdrawn on February 2.

Attorney Alan Knauf notified the village of Pittsford that the application had been pulled. Knauf represents Powers Schoen Place Associates, Powers Farms LCC and WilRelax LLC.

A 1,600-page document detailing the submitted application can be found here.

The old bean mill is located beside the Flour Mill, and the buildings are considered historical - last used in 1996.

In March 2017, developer Wilmorite proposed redeveloping that site and the farm land behind it, turning it into a destination boutique hotel, spa and restaurant.

For months, the village board and village residents considered a moratorium on development in the village of Pittsford. The board finally passed the moratorium in November.

In a letter released Monday, the board revealed legal concerns with the proposal, including the demolition of a historic building and concerns over land conservation.

"If we have to wait 5-10 years to get it right, I'd rather do that than rush into something we regret for the next 100 years," said Austin Fossey, a Pittsford resident who lives along the canal.

"Maybe a year-round Farmers Market would be a great thing," said Pittsford business owner Joe Chiappone. "I think something indoor would be great."

Wilmorite president Paul Wilmot said in a statement that the process in the Village of Pittsford has been "disappointing." The full statement is below:

On Friday, February 2, 2018, Wilmorite withdrew their application for developing 25 Schoen Place. The Village of Pittsford has put developments on hold with a Moratorium. There is no reason to leave our Application in a pending status when the Village has uncertain zoning. This project has had a lot of support from Village residents and it is disappointing to all of us how this has transpired. Wilmorite has an excellent relationship with the Powers family and will continue to explore development options.”
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