Rochester is going to have the first Costco in Monroe County soon.
Rochester is going to have the first Costco in Monroe County soon. Anthony J. Costello & Son Development announced today the launch of CityGate, a $250 million mixed-use development on 45 acres, with news that Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) has approved the site to locate its first store in Western New York. Costco is proposing to build a 150,000-square-foot warehouse store that would anchor CityGate located at the intersection of Westfall Road and East Henrietta Road just outside of Brighton. The new store is projected to result in $30 million in private capital investment and 250 to 300 full-time jobs supporting the sale of a large variety of consumer products from gasoline to groceries. “We are excited that Costco, a highly sought after and quality retailer, has chosen CityGate to locate its first warehouse club in Western New York,” said Anthony J. Costello, chairman and chief executive officer of Anthony J. Costello & Son Development. “We are confident that Costco will draw other high quality tenants to CityGate.” Current plans for the entire mixed-use CityGate development include a hotel, 300 two- and three-bedroom residential units overlooking the Erie Canal, and additional retail and commercial space. In total, eight free-standing buildings are proposed at the site of the former Monroe County Iola Campus. Plans also call for construction of a satellite transit center to include a 90,000-square-foot parking garage. Terms of the deal with Costco to occupy more than 15 acres at CityGate are still under negotiation and Rochester City Council also needs to approve changes to the overall plan for CityGate. Current plans are for the demolition of existing buildings at the site within 60 days and construction of Costco’s membership warehouse club to begin as soon as possible to allow for an opening late spring 2014.