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State Tries To Save Costco

The Monroe County Children's Detention Center is the only thing standing in the way of Costco and the CityGate project building in Rochester.

The Monroe County Children's Detention Center is the only thing standing in the way of Costco and the CityGate project building in Rochester.

This letter from Empire State Development to County Executive Maggie Brooks gave CityGate developer Anthony Costello.

"We are elated that the state has gone ahead to complete the renovations necessary to have the Industry Site in Rush ready for occupancy for the Monroe County Children's Detention Center on January 10, 2014," said Costello.

"That's the important thing that we move forward with one of the biggest economic development projects and one of the biggest job creators we will have in the relatively near future," said sen. Joe Robach, (R) 56th District.

Monroe County Democrats also liked the plan, but then the county's spokesperson said the state's plan is not good enough.

"Monroe County has maintained that we will only relocate our Children's Detention Center with both a short-term and long-term solution in place. While we are appreciative of the State's efforts to develop a short term solution, unfortunately the long-term answer lies solely in the hands of Legislature Democrats," said Justin Feasel, Monroe County Spokesperson.

The long-term solution is buying and expanding the rush facility.

It costs $9 million.

On December 20th, the Monroe County Legislature held a special meeting to pass the county's capital budget, add in the detention center project, and authorize that $9 million.

But the budget failed on party lines and Republicans tabled the $9 million.

Democrats recently blocked funding of capital budget projects because of the LDC scandal.

"The funding that is needed for the detention center could be addressed separately. That was intentionally inserted into the capital improvement program after the dispute started," said Carrie Andrews, (D) Monroe County Legislative Minority Leader.

Republican legislators say the ball is in the hands of the Democrats. While Democrats say it's the County Executive Maggie Brooks who is choosing not to take the state's offer and move forward.

Timing is everything because unless the children are moved by January 10th, the site can't be made ready for Costco's timetable to build, which could mean no Costco. 

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