Supervisor Dave Seeley recently announced the start of a public engagement process to help guide plans for a future town community center at the former Irondequoit Mall and the formation of a citizen advisory committee to help spearhead the effort.
Over the next several months, the town will engage the community in a process to prioritize services and amenities that could be provided at a future community/recreation center. An initial public workshop session will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Ave.
In August, Angelo Ingrassia, the new owner of the former mall announced plans to redevelop the 1-million-square-foot site, rebranding the project Skyview on the Ridge. At Seeley’s request to allow town residents to play a part in the redevelopment of the site, Ingrassia agreed to donate about 50,000 square feet of the facility for the town to redevelop into a community center.
“The town of Irondequoit has long-dreamed of having a community center to call its own, but have never been able to get across the finish line. It’s an amenity that we’ve lacked, one that residents of neighboring communities enjoy,” said Seeley. “I feel we have a prime opportunity to make that dream a reality, in a manner that is economically responsible to taxpayers.”
Seeley announced the following appointments to a Citizen Advisory Committee that will work with town staff and the town engineer to help facilitate community engagement and collaborate on a final recommendation for the site: Rick Walther, resident, chair; Alayna Alderman, resident; Jamie Pittinaro, resident; Paul Caccamise, resident; Jessica Metras, resident; Peter Wehner, town councilman; and Kerry Ivers, Town Planning & Zoning administrator.
Irondequoit’s recreation program is continuously expanding every year to help meet the needs of a growing number of Irondequoit families interested in affordable programming. One of the larger limitations to continued growth, however, is a lack of usable space. While many larger Rochester suburbs have either have a multi-purpose community center or a YMCA/JCC type facility, Irondequoit has neither.
Over the last two decades, various town administrations have explored community/recreation center concepts, but none moved forward due to concerns over long-term costs. The potential public-private partnership at Skyview on the Ridge presents a unique opportunity to deliver this long-desired amenity to the residents of Irondequoit in an affordable manner.
“We have planned for a community center for two decades,” said Seeley. “Now is the time for action that will help make Irondequoit an even better place to live and raise a family.”