Three redevelopment projects are under way, or about to get going.
Two buildings — the onetime Titus Ave. Hardware and the other a structure once known as the “animal house” — in what may become the I-Square development were demolished last week. Developer Mike Nolan said they were the only two vacant buildings, but that he expects to have three more ready for demolition over the next five to six weeks.
Nolan, who just announced his I-Square project for the Cooper-Titus area in late summer, isn’t letting any grass grow under his feet. His plan is to transform the area into a “town center” that adheres to a Cooper-Hudson-Titus mixed-use master plan that was developed and adopted about eight years ago.
Nolan expects to take his plans to the town for necessary approvals before the first of the year, and could start construction as soon as next summer.
Demolition equipment arrived on the future site of an LA Fitness facility near the intersection of East Ridge Road and Kings Highway last week. Town officials said demolition permits have been issued.
LA Fitness, a chain of health and fitness clubs in the U.S. and Canada, plans to demolish the existing structures — former car dealerships — at 1600 and 1612 E. Ridge Road and build a 45,000 square foot facility on the site. The approximately $10 million project on four acres is expected to include a swimming pool, sauna, racquetball, basketball and other fitness related facilities.
The project, which received COMIDA tax breaks last week, is projected to create 30 new jobs. The buildings on the site now have remained vacant since early this year, when the Ideal Nissan car dealership moved to Greece.
Work on the site of Irondequoit's former Newport House, at 500 Newport Road, on Irondequoit Bay, got under way this spring with demolition of the former restaurant, but it now looks like earth work and construction may be imminent. A pre-construction meeting was held on the site earlier this week. Earth work, including erosion control, is expected to get under way soon and take the next four to five weeks, after which the foundation for one building that will house three town homes is expected to begin.
RSM Development has already-approved plans to build high-end condominiums and town homes on the scenic property, which will become a gated community. The developer’s website still says the project is “coming soon.”