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State approves transfer of property; Costco project to move forward

Rochester Business Journal
June 19, 2014

State legislation required to transfer Monroe County’s Children’s Detention Center from New York to the county has been approved, allowing Costco Wholesale Corp. to move forward with a store as part of the CityGate development, officials announced Thursday.

Costco, a discount retailer, plans to build a 150,000-square-foot store on land that includes the detention center. Passage of the legislation allows the center to be moved, the site to be leveled and utilities to be installed, said state Assemblyman Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit.

The state Office of Children and Family Services has granted Monroe County the authority to move the detention center—a facility for youths awaiting criminal trial or family court proceedings—to the state-owned Industry Residential Center campus in Rush.

“CityGate is a truly exciting economic development opportunity for the city of Rochester and I am pleased to have had the ability to play a supportive role in moving this project forward,” said Morelle, sponsor of the Assembly’s version of the legislation.

The 45-acre mixed-use development is projected to bring $200 million in investment to the city. Costco will anchor the development, which also will include a 150-room hotel, a 300-unit apartment complex, and retail and office space.

It is expected to create 2,500 jobs.

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