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Controversy Over Proposed Pittsford Apartment Complex Continues

The village of Pittsford will decide if it needs to hire an outside consultant for the controversial Monroe Avenue apartment complex project.
The village of Pittsford will decide if it needs to hire an outside consultant for the controversial Monroe Avenue apartment complex project. 

Work is stalled at 75 Monroe Avenue in Pittsford. The cleaned-up brownfield site is supposed to transform into Westport Crossing, a 167-unit apartment complex with retail space and a restaurant.

"It's just going to be a wonderful project and people are objecting because they are afraid of change. We apologize for that but once done we are sure people are going to move in," developer Anthony DiMarzo said.

Some in the village do not like the scale of the building and think it does not fit in historically.

"Can you imagine a building eight times the size of the library and five or 6 lined up; how can the village ever like that," resident Mike Reynolds said.

The village Board of Trustees held a special meeting Friday because historic Pittsford and another resident complained about changes to the project. It plans to vote on Monday about hiring a consultant to look at the environmental review approved in 2012.

"We just want professional advice as we move forward. We are doing our best to uphold our code and uphold New York State law," Mayor Bob Corby said.

Canalside Properties has sued the village and residents over attempts to hold up the construction. An answer on that lawsuit is expected soon.

"We will be in court in January; sometime mid-January, and hopefully there will be a resolution to the matter," DiMarzo said.

Beyond what happened at Friday's special meeting, there are still other hurdles the developer has to get over, including final site approval and variances to this project. The developer says they are already at least a year behind schedule. The apartments were expected to open by fall 2014. 

The board voted to hold another meeting on Monday at 8:30 a.m. to discuss hiring a consultant about the environmental review.




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