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CityGate Battle Ends, Project Moving Forward

A political standoff is over involving CityGate and the Costco project.

Standing in the way of Costco was Monroe County's Children's Detention Center on Westfall Road.

It's meant sleepless nights for Anthony Costello, the developer of the project.

“The last couple of weeks have been very trying because we went ahead and demolished over 750,000 square feet of buildings built in 1927," said Anthony Costello, CityGate Developer.

Then in a rare press conference, county democrats and republicans agreed to pass the capital budget which pays for a new renovated site at Industry in Rush.

"The caucus feels strongly that this project is bringing important jobs to our area and that the time line was crucial and unfortunately there didn't seem to be another way to proceed," said Carrie Andrews

"It was the right thing to do and I was approached with Carrie Andrews and also Willie Lightfoot, that they wanted to get on board with this project because we wanted to move it forward for the betterment of our community," said Steve Tucciarello, (R Monroe County Legislative Majority Leader

Mayor Lovely Warren met with County Executive Maggie Brooks to fight for the project, which means more than 1,000 living-wage jobs in Rochester. Those jobs include construction and full-time employment at Costco

"You hear when we don't get it right, but today we got it right and we should realize that collaboration is alive and well in Monroe County," said Maggie Brooks, (R Monroe County Executive.

The timing for this was critical. County Executive plans to move the children here at the detention center within the next two to three weeks.

That will give the developer less than six months to get the site ready for Costco.

"We are going to have a very aggressive schedule but I have all of my subcontractors in and told them we need a schedule to meet and we need to meet it. But it's a great day," said Costello.

As long as Costco gets a finished site by June 1st - the store can open in October.

For more on the CityGate project, please click here.

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