To many who live in Canandaigua, the sight of the unfinished Finger Lakes Resort Project is a big concern.
“Not happy with it at all,” said Marylynne Bement.
Bement has lived in Canandaigua for a few years and refers to the site as an eyesore.
“I’ve been skeptical about this whole project in the first place, but now that it’s a stalled financial situation, we call it a monstrosity, a bird cage, all kinds of names for this place,” said Bement.
The City of Canandaigua is taking steps to get this stalled project back on track. In a unanimous vote in a city council meeting on Thursday, they’ve decided to apply for a $750,000 grant on behalf of the developers to help fund the project.
“In order for the developer to get this particular grant, the city has to act as the applicant, we’re acting as a conduit for this particular grant,” said John Goodwin, Canandaigua City Manager.
Goodwin said it’s not uncommon for the city council to take such actions. The council had also applied for state grants on behalf of other developers in the area like Pinnacle North, a multi-million dollar mixed used development.
“If you’re looking at that money, $750,000 thousand dollars, I mean how much is it really going to help. That’s another issue,” said Jim Abdallah.
“Myself, my neighbors and my family family and friends around here and most residents here don’t like this situation at all,” said Bement.
Goodwin says the city council will do what it can to get the project up and going. “Anything we can do to try and help it get unstalled we’re going to pursue or at least talk about and discuss.”
If the grant gets approved by the state, the developers could see the money as early as October. For now, there’s still no set date for when construction will start up again or when this project will be completed.