Strathmore Circle is polka-dotted with potholes. Deep, jagged fractures that have the Sycamore Green community that surrounds the road looking for answers.
“It’s like driving in a mine field, and you’re trying to dodge the bombs,” said Chauntelle Greene, who often drives on Strathmore Circle, and says she has to cruise at a snails’ pace to avoid damaging her car.
The half-circle road is a privately maintained path servicing the Sycamore Green complex, but by the looks of things, no one’s kept up with repairs. “A lot of the medical transports don’t want to go in there, a lot of taxis don’t want to go in there,” added Greene.
There are at least 50 potholes halfway up the horseshoe, with dozens more to count. A number are smaller, inches-deep “ankle snappers”, a clear concern if you’re a pedestrian or child at play.
The pothole situation is also a major frustration for the Town of Irondequoit. Because it’s a privately maintained road, all they can do is field complaints from concerned renters and drivers.
“Obviously, the potholes have been on out radar for awhile and we’ve really strongly encouraged the property owners, this property, to repair the potholes,” said Irondequoit Town Supervisor David Seeley.
They need to do it ASAP. And it should not have gotten to the point that we had to report them to the news,” Greene added.
Greene told me the road and complex are owned by a company in New York City, we called them, and they said the City of Rochester is responsible for the repairs. The city told us Strathmore Circle is fully in the Irondequoit town limits. David Seeley said that if the company does not make a move, the town is prepared to take them to court. “You know, these people need to get their property repaired. No one should have to live like this.”
An employee at Sycamore Green later did say they are currently aware of the problem, and a resolution will come.