Officials: Stalled Canandaigua projects will move forward

Residents and visitors in Canandaigua are expressing concerns over stalled projects near Canandaigua's lakefront (WHAM photo)

Canandaigua, N.Y. - Canandaigua Lake will be a major attraction this holiday weekend, but some say the view will be spoiled with a stalled construction project next to Kershaw Beach.

"It makes me a little worried to see the big eyesore that we have on the lake now," said Sarah Clayson of Canandaigua. "It's a big pile of beams."

"It has been like that for, I don't even know how long - it's just an eyesore because it's not getting done or anything," said Mandi Dole of Canandaigua.

The project is the future site of the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort. City officials say construction is stalled for the $60 million project because of unexpected problems in paying for it, but they assure a lot of work is being done behind the scenes.

"Fortunately, it's not completely dead in the water," said John Goodwin, Assistant to the City Manager of City of Canandaigua. "There's still people working on it, and we're going to have a hotel."

In contrast, phase one of the Pinnacle North Project, which is an estimated $125 million, is right on schedule. Goodwin said apartments, restaurants and retail space will open this time next year.

"This does add a lot of prosperity, two different places, when you do build along the water," said Linda Lese, who spends her summers in Canandaigua. "It's satisfying to a lot of people, that they can live closer to the water like this for people to enjoy it and have the views as well."

City officials are hopeful financing will be secured for the hotel project to move forward in a matter of months.

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