January 14, 2014
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Green Light on $200 Million Citygate Project to Create Jobs and New Economic Opportunities in Rochester

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an agreement with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren that clears the final hurdle to allow construction of the first Rochester-area Costco store. Costco will be the anchor tenant for the CityGate project a transformational, $200 million, mixed-use development in the City of Rochester which will also include a 150-room hotel, a 300-unit apartment complex and additional retail and office space. In total, the CityGate project is estimated to create up to 2,500 jobs. The agreement announced today is a vital step in moving the project forward and bringing new economic development opportunities to the region.


The CityGate project will create thousands of jobs and greater economic opportunity for Rochester and the surrounding communities, Governor Cuomo said. Establishing Costco as the anchor tenant is a great step forward for this project and will help attract future developments and investments to the region. This is an example of government partnering with business to bring companies and jobs to upstate New York. I commend County Executive Brooks and Mayor Warren for helping make this exciting development a reality.


In order to make the CityGate development possible, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has granted authority for Monroe County to move its Childrens Detention Center (CDC), an aging county facility for youths awaiting criminal trial or family court proceedings, from the future Costco site to the state-owned Industry Residential Center campus in Rush, just outside the City of Rochester.


A county budget impasse had threatened to stall the CDC relocation project but county and city officials worked collaboratively to reach a consensus agreement and will vote tonight to support the funding authorization that will move the CDC. The approval of this phased move will allow Monroe County to improve its CDC facilities and meet the timeline required by the developer to allow Costco to open by October 2014.


Im proud Monroe County was able to work closely with Governor Cuomo and New York State to develop a collaborative solution that paves the way for the launch of the CityGate project, said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. This is a testament to the great progress that can be made when elected leaders put politics aside and support important projects that create jobs, promote investment, and enhance quality of life. I thank Mayor Warren for her partnership in helping reach consensus locally and I look forward to continuing to work closely with her in the days to come.


The first phase of renovations at the Industry Residential Center was completed by the State on January 7 to ensure the buildings meet safety and operational standards for youth and staff. Following the CDC move in the coming weeks and subsequent transfer of ownership, Monroe County will continue capital enhancements to maximize utilization and services at the new facility.


Costco, a discount retailer, has proposed a 150,000-square-foot store on the site, requiring the countys CDC to be moved, the site leveled and all utilities in place in order for the project to move forward. Costco will anchor the CityGate project, which will also include a 150-room hotel, a 300-unit apartment complex on the Erie Canal, as well as additional retail and office space.


Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, This agreement between New York State and Monroe County clears the way for an exciting economic development project that will provide a diverse and complimentary mix of residential, nonresidential and recreational uses in the City of Rochester. I applaud our city and county partners on moving the CityGate project forward to grow jobs, strengthen the economy and provide an even better quality of life in the region.


This project is a win-win for the state and for Monroe County, said OCFS Acting Commissioner Sheila J. Poole. CityGate will provide a critical investment in the community while the state and county continue to work together on creating meaningful jobs and other long term development opportunities.


Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, Costcos decision to invest and create over 250 jobs at CityGate will provide a vital source of employment and economic opportunity for the local community. Todays announcement is the culmination of a team effort and I applaud everyone who has been involved for their diligence in moving this project forward and making today a reality.


Senator Joseph Robach said, I applaud all government entities that worked together to make this project happen, especially the intervention of Governor Cuomo and his assistance in getting state-owned properties ready in a timely manner to accommodate the local occupants of the Monroe County Childrens Center. This collaboration allows Costco, CityGate and all the jobs that will be created for Monroe County residents from this $200 million project to move forward. As always, for myself, job creation is priority number one.


City of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, I want to thank Governor Cuomo for his unwavering support for the CityGate/Costco project. From the State to the County to the Cityit is important that we work together on our vital interests, and jobs are at the top of the list.


Monroe County Legislature Minority Leader Carrie Andrews said, If theres one thing we can all agree on, its that local employers who pay a living wage and bring needed jobs to our area are good for our economy. Thats why our caucus has long supported the Costco/CityGate project and its accompanying jobs. We look forward to seeing it proceed.


The Costello Group Chairman Anthony J. Costello, who is developing the CityGate project, said, I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Assembly Majority Leader Morelle and Senator Robach for ensuring timely completion of a new Children's Detention Center in Rush allowing children currently located in an antiquated building on the CityGate property to be relocated to the new site in Rush. I also want to applaud the efforts of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren who worked in partnership with Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks to bring about resolution that will allow the CityGate project to move forward bringing with it Costco, jobs, needed tax revenue and millions of dollars in private investment to the city's southern gateway.