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The Village of Fairport IDA (Industrial Development Agency) was created in 1976 by an act of the New York State Legislature to promote and enhance the economy in Fairport.

Since its inception, the Fairport IDA has been a recognized leader in leveraging private sector investment and creating a vibrant and healthy local economy. The Village of Fairport has long capitalized on its accessible waterfront, placing priority on projects that strengthen the relationship of the commercial district to the water.

The following benefits are available as outlined in the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy: real property tax abatement, sales and use tax exemption, mortgage tax exemption.

For further information on IDA assistance, please call 585-421-3240.

 

 

 

REPORTING

In compliance with the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005 and the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009, the Fairport IDA publishes a list of the agency's real property and performance measures on an annual basis.

Review OCED's 2016 Annual Report.

Current Projects

Thomas Creek Wetlands Phase II-Update

Thomas Creek Wetlands Phase II 

High View Senior Housing

Completed Projects

Streetscape Plan Update

The Residences at Canalside

Iron Smoke Whiskey
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Public Promenade and Docking

Canalside and Waterfront Improvements

Fairport Northwest Quadrant Masterplan

Kennelley Park

Fairport Junction

The Box Factory 

Financial Assistance

Benefits
Application Form
(including fee structure)
State Environmental Assessment Forms 

ABO Reports

PARIS Annual Report 2016

PARIS Annual Report 2015
PARIS Procurement Report 2015

PARIS Annual Report 2014
PARIS Procurement Report 2014

PARIS Annual Report 2013

PARIS Procurement Report 2013

PARIS Annual Report 2012

PARIS Procurement Report 2012

IDA Properties

Real Property List 2016
Real Property List 2015

Real Property List 2014
Real Property List 2013
Real Property List 2012

IDA Performance Reports

 

Annual Report 2016
Measurement Report 2016

Annual Report 2015
Measurement Report 2015

Annual Report 2014
Measurement Report 2014

Annual Report 2013
Measurement Report 2013
Annual Report 2012
Measurement Report 2012

IDA NEWS 

Special board of directors meeting on April 24.
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2016 Annual Report now available.
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Meet Martha Malone, our new executive director.
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We bid farewell to executive director Kal Wysokowski.
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We welcome village resident Robert Genthner to our Board of Directors.
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IDA funds Main Street Streetscape Plan update
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IDA Board approves incentives for $9.5M senior housing project 
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IDA sells waterfront property for condo development 
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IDA secures CFA grant for wetland upgrades 
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  Thomas Creek Wetlands, Phase II UPDATE: PUBLIC ART TO ENHANCE ERIE CANAL    
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About the Project:
With the assistance of the Fairport Public Art Committee, the Fairport IDA selected two proposals for the public art components. The winning designs include an analemmatic sundial concept, designed by Vanessa Sheldon from Pittsford, New York. This unique project will repurpose original canal lock stones. “As a promoter of environmental stewardship, I felt compelled to create a sculpture that pays homage to what was once coined “The 8th Wonder of the World,” by utilizing salvaged canal materials found at Lock #58, which is currently the site of a scrap metal yard,” explains the artist regarding herchoice of material.

The winning design for the four artistic directional signs comes from Joy Taylor from Red Hook, New York. Her design convinced with its simple shape and interactive “see-through” quality as well as its clear, readable lettering and compelling imagery. “My signs pair depictions of iconic features of each trail with the trail names. The lettering and the images are cut out so that viewers can look through them into the landscape itself,” says the artist about her work.

   
         
  Thomas Creek Wetlands, Phase II EXPANSION:  Wetlands off Liftbridge Lane East    
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"We support Phase II as an important addition to passive recreation facilities and a vital action to restore and preserve a unique natural habitat within the community."
-- The Crescent Trail Hiking Association, Inc.

About the Project
The 11-acre site is owned by the Fairport IDA and is located on the north side  of the Erie Canal and to the south of an active rail line. View PICTURES of the current wetlands walk.

The Fairport IDA participated in Round IV of the Consolidated Funding Application through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and was awarded $50,000 by the New York State Canal Corporation for the linkage of the Erie Canal Trail with the Thomas Creek Wetland Walk. The Fairport IDA will provide matching funds.

 

Call for Artists: RFQs requested for artistic directional signage & sculptural garden ornaments to improve the pedestrian connection between the Thomas Creek Wetland Walk and the Erie Canalway Trail. Deadline for submissions: October 28, 2016. 

   
Download Flyer                       Download Project Info, Requirements & Application

 

In the Media
Fairport Village Newsletter: Mayor Fritz: Changes are coming (Spring 2015)
D&C: Fairport gets grant for canal work (2014-12-30)
13 WHAM: Fairport awarded Erie Canal grant (2014-12-30)

   
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  High View Senior Housing SENIOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: High Street    
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High View Senior Housing Fairport sketch
  
  

About the Project
High View Senior Housing LLC, through its agent Spoleta Development Inc., is proposing to acquire several parcels (3.718 acres) on High Street in Fairport for the construction of 71 market-rate, 55+ senior apartments. The total project cost is estimated at $9.5M.

IDA Assistance
High View Senior Housing LLC is requesting financial assistance from the Fairport Industrial Development Agency (IDA) in the form of a Payment-In-Lieu-Of-Taxes (PILOT) agreement as well as sales/use tax and mortgage recording tax exemptions.

The Fairport IDA Board of Directors accepted the project application and agreed to move forward with a public hearing on August 31, 2015. Public Hearing Notice

The Fairport IDA Board passed a final project resolution on September 21, 2015 that included a 15-year PILOT agreement for town, school and county property tax abatements as well as sales/use tax and mortgage recording tax exemptions. Meeting Minutes

   
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  Streetscape Plan UPDATE OF VISUAL STREET ELEMENTS: Main Street    
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The updated plan will include recommendations in the following areas: parking/access, traffic calming measures, pedestrian amenities, landscape/lighting improvements and signage.

About the Project
The Village of Fairport is planning the roll-out of an updated Streetscape Plan, which outlines visual elements that form a street's character, including the road, sidewalks, amenities and landscaping. The project area stretches from the Four Corners on South Main Street to the Deland Park A area on North Main Street. Recommendations from existing plans, studies and reports as well as stakeholders are taken under consideration.

IDA Assistance
The Fairport IDA hired BME Associates to update the existing Streetscape Plan. Photo-simulations for each section of the project area are being prepared. Stay tuned for more visuals!

   
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  The Residences at Canalside  RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT: 15 Parker Street    
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Riedman Co. was drawn to the property because of the parcel's proximity to the Erie Canal and walking trails.

"There is no other offering in the Rochester area like this one," President David Riedman said.

"The project represents the highest and best use of Fairport's waterfront," said Fairport IDA Executive Director Kal Wysokowski.

About the Project
In 2007, the Fairport Industrial Development Agency (IDA) purchased the former Department of Public Works (DPW) parcel and has since transformed it into a shovel-ready site.

To complete the redevelopment of the former DPW site, the Fairport IDA has selected Riedman Develpoment Corporation's concept for residential development that complements the IDA's docking and promenade construction, which was completed in the summer of 2013. 

The proposal for this prime 2.85 acre site includes a 5-story building with a total of 48 residential condominiums. The engineering firm for this approx. $17.5M project is BME Associates in Fairport. The Denver-based firm Kephart provided architectural services.

An incentive zoning request has been approved by the Village of Fairport Board of Trustees on October 14, 2014.

The Fairport Planning Board granted a final site plan approval on January 20, 2015.

The Fairport IDA closed on the property sale in May 2015. Construction is under way.

Check back to view PICTURES of the construction progress.

In the Media
D&C: Condo units being built canalside in Fairport (2015-11-18)
RBJ: Construction begins on project along canal (2015-10-30)
Rochester City Newspaper: At home on the canal (2014-12-03)
D&C: Canalside condos proposed in Fairport (2014-06-01)
RBJ: $14M project eyed for canal site in Fairport (2014-05-09)
13WHAM: Possible waterfront project in Fairport (2014-05-09)

   
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  Iron Smoke Whiskey, LLC REDEVELOPMENT:  111 Parce Avenue    
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www.ironsmokewhiskey.com 

About the Project
Iron Smoke Whiskey is relocating, expanding, and bringing its ‘Apple Wood Smoked Whiskey’ distillery to the American Can Company facility on North Main and Parce Avenue. After demand exceeded contract distilling capabilities, partners decided to build their own distillery in the heart of Fairport. Among the items being purchased — 20 and 40 ton grain storage bins, heating and cooling equipment, 1,000 gallon mash tun and 1,000 gallon beer still, 250 gallon copper still, and oak barrels in which to age the whiskey.  According to its business plan, the company hopes to quadruple its production to 1,000 cases of whiskey a month.

IDA Assistance
Early on, OCED staff met with the partners of Iron Smoke to discuss a Fairport location. Once a suitable site was identified, OCED offered  financial assistance in form of a low-interest loan for renovations, build-out costs, fixtures, and equipment. The total estimated project cost is $850,000. Iron Smoke plans to add 14 jobs as a result of its expansion.

In the Media

Fairport-ER-Post: Iron Smoke on Rochester Craft Beverage Trail (2017-01-26)
RBJ: Musician finds his rhythm (2016-10-28)
RBJ: LiDestri expands, rebrands (2016-09-23)

   
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  Completion Of Two Major Canal Improvement Projects RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: Fairport Southbank
   
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Ribbon Cutting . Ribbon Cutting
Left picture (from left to right): Cesar A. Perales (New York State Secretary of State), Brian U. Stratton (Director of New York State Canal Corporation), Frederick H. May (Mayor of Fairport), Mark Johns (New York State Assemblyman), Ted O'Brien (New York State Senator)

"We have a strong reputation throughout New York State for our hospitality, our amenities and the village itself. These projects are all about economic development and tourism."
-- Fritz May / Mayor of Fairport

"The New York State Department of State is proud to be part of the revitalization of the Village of Fairport's waterfront. We are helping to fulfill the Governor's vision of reinvigorating communities and promoting economic development in the Finger Lakes Region, and the Village of Fairport is a prime example of this commitment."
-- Cesar A. Perales / NY Secretary of State

"The Village of Fairport is an example how a community can capitalize on its proximity to New York's historic and beautiful Erie Canal."
-- Brian U. Stratton / NYS Canal Corporation Director

About the Event
The official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of two canal-side projects in Fairport was held on July 19, 2013. Secretary of State, Cesar A. Perales, and Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, Brian U. Stratton, were among the dignitaries. View program, media advsiory and PICTURES.

Funding Partners
For the new canal promenade east of Parker Street brigde, the Fairport IDA was able to secure a $156,700 Restore NY grant from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) for demolition and asbestos abatement as well as a $534,150 matching grant from the New York State Department of State (DOS).

For the canal-side improvements to the existing promenade between the Liftbridge and Parker Street bridge, the Fairport Industrial Development Agency was able to secure a $134,238 matching grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application process, provided by the New York State Canal Corporation.

These funds were leveraged with substantial Fairport IDA investment.

In the Media
Fpt-EastRoc Post: Fairport celebrates canal improvement projects (2013-07-20)
Democrat & Chronicle
: Canal improvements celebrated in Fairport (2013-07-20)
WHEC News10
: Erie Canal upgrades complete (2013-07-19)
Democrat & Chronicle: Canal project in Fairport complete (2013-07-19)
13WHAM: Fairport celebrates canal projects (2013-07-19)
WXXI: Improvements to Fairport's waterfront (2013-07-19)
Rochester Business Journal: Event to mark completion of canal projects (2013-07-18)

   
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  Southeast Erie Canal Docking and Promenade Project REDEVELOPMENT: 15 Parker Street    
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Promenade . Promenade
"This is another successful example of the Village of Fairport providing public improvements to spur private investment. This project will expand and enhance our much-treasured canal corridor."
-- H. Kevin Clark / Deputy Mayor of Fairport and Vice-Chair of IDA Board of Directors

About the Project
In 2007, the Fairport Industrial Development Agency (IDA) purchased the former Department of Public Works (DPW) parcel and has since transformed it into a shovel-ready redevelopment site. View construction PICTURES.

The project extends public access on the Erie Canal to the east of Parker Street bridge and includes a concrete breakwall and public promenade featuring new boat docks, a pocket park, landscaping, new lighting and other site amenities that will benefit residents, boaters and visitors alike. The roughly $1.5M project costs include initial building demolition and soil remediation as well as canal breakwall construction and a public promenade.

Pooler Enterprises was awarded the construction contract. The New York State Canal Corporation, BME Associates, Foundation Design, Jensen Engineers and LaBella Associates round out the core project team. At the same time, the Fairport IDA anticipates to attract private investment for a complementing residential component on this prime 2-acre waterfront site.

The offical ribbon cutting ceremony for the completed public promenade was held on July 19, 2013. Secretary of State, Cesar A. Perales, was present. View program and media advsiory.

Funding Sources
The Fairport IDA was able to secure a $156,700 Restore NY grant from the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) for demolition and asbestos abatement as well as a $534,150 matching grant from the New York State Department of State (DOS). These funds were leveraged by substantial Fairport IDA investment.

Project of the Year Award

In the Media
OCED Press Release: Project of the year awarded to Fairport (2013-02-06)
Fairport Village Newsletter: Fairport gets a facelift (Spring 2013)
CanalNY.com: Canal project will extend public waterfront access in Fairport (2012-04-04)
Democrat & Chronicle: Fairport project hoped to spur development (2013-01-10)
Fpt-EastRoc Post: Work on public promande begins (2012-12-13)
OCED Press Release: Canal redevelopment project will extend public waterfront access in Fairport (2012-12-05)
Democrat & Chronicle: Grant helps Fairport canal facelift (2011-08-22)
Fpt-EastRoc Post: Fairport receives Restore NY grant (2011-08-18)

   
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  Canalside and Waterfront Improvements LANDSCAPING + DESIGN: Erie Canal South Bank    
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Drawings of Fairport Southbank improvement work

"The Village of Fairport has embraced the Erie Canal as its second Main Street for more than 30 years. We look forward to a very successful waterfront project and improved recreational use of the iconic Erie Canal."
-- Fritz May / Fairport Mayor

"The Village of Fairport is an example how a community can capitalize on its proximity to New York's historic and beautiful Erie Canal."
-- Brian U. Stratton / NYS Canal Corporation Director

"The upgrades to Fairport's waterfront will bring more events to the area, and with that comes increased visitor spending at local businesses and greater employment opportunities for the surrounding communities."
-- Joel Seligman / REDC Co-Chair

About the Project
The waterfront project consists of improvements, repairs and upgrades to the pedestrian promenade and boat dock stations on the south bank of the Canal between the Liftbridge and Parker Street bridge. Improvements include new site amenities (benches, lights, brick pavers, trash receptacles), new landscaping, retaining wall and improved access. View construction PICTURES.

The section of the Canal is heavily used by boaters; in fact, each navigation season we record about 2,500 overnight boat stays, and the initial investment by the Village some thirty years ago has outlived its useful life. Design standards created by the Village were used to select the new waterfront amenities.

The project is consistent with the Canalway Recreation Commission's plan to enhance recreational opportunities for boaters and trail users, expand close-to-home recreational activities, provide a high quality of life for residents, and increase tourists and boaters. The improvements also help foster Fairport's "sense of place" within the Western Erie Canal Heritage Corridor.

The project is consistent with the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Strategy, because it is an investment in community development and will enhance the natural and scenic beauty of the waterfront. It also builds on the iconic cultural attraction, the Erie Canal, which draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to the Village.

McCord Landscape Architecture provided professional design services. Wayside Contractors was awarded the construction contract.

The offical ribbon cutting ceremony for the completed project was held on July 19, 2013. NYS Canal Corporation Director, Brian U. Stratton, was present. View program and media advsiory.

Funding Sources
The Fairport Industrial Development Agency was able to secure a $134,238 matching grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Consolidated Funding Application process, provided by the New York State Canal Corporation.

In the Media

Fairport Village Newsletter: Fairport gets a facelift (Spring 2013)
DonnelysPH.com: Tees for Trees to benefit waterfront improvement project (2013-04-11)
RocHomepage.net: Canal improvements underway in Fairport (2013-04-10) video
RBJ.com: Waterfront upgrades begin in Fairport (2013-04-04)
CanalNY.com: Canal-side improvements to spruce up Fairport's south bank (2013-04-04)
Press Release: Canal-side improvements to spruce up Fairport's south bank (2013-04-04)
D&C: Fairport canal improvements unveiled (2012-06-01)
Fpt.-EastRoc-Post: Fairport receives $134K grant for canal improvements (2012-06-04)
RBJ.com: Waterfront in Fairport to get upgrades (2012-06-01)
13wham.com: Improvement plan unveiled for Erie Canal waterfront (20120-06-01)
FLREDC PR: FLREDC announces upgrades to Fairport's canal waterfront (2012-06-01)
Boat U.S. Magazine: Canal comeback (April/May 2012)
NYS Canal Corporation: Fairport receives grant for waterfront improvements (2011-12-13)
   
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  Fairport Village Northwest Quadrant MASTER PLAN    
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"We are excited about discussing development options for this particular area in the Village. Mapping them out in a 3-D model will help us visualize different scenarios and share them with interested developers."
-- Kal Wysokowski, Executive Director OCED

Stakeholder and public meetings to gather valuable input
The Village of Fairport, through OCED, has undertaken a planning and design study for the northwest quadrant of the Village. Funding was provided by OCED and Bergmann Associates and Ingalls Planning and Design were hired to complete this master plan effort. The result will not be a traditional printed report, but rather an interactive 3-D model of the study area; an emerging tool to enhance economic development efforts.

Read project overview for details on the project.

Stakeholder meetings were conducted in December 2011 to provide a forum for discussions on specific topics identified as being of particular importance to the future of the Village, and specifically the northwest quadrant.

The first public information meeting was held Monday, January 30, 2012 at 6:30 at the Village Hall Board Room. The meeting provided an update to Village residents who live in or near the northwest quadrant about the master plan status and the outcome of previously conducted stakeholder meetings as well as gather feedback from residents about their vision for the area.

Review first public meeting notice, public meeting agenda and presentation for more information.

Fairport-East Rochester Post: Fairport residents share a new vision of northwest quadrant

The second public information meeting was held Monday, April 30, 2012 at 6:30 in the training room of the FMC Service Center on 43 Liftbridge Lane East. The meeting provided a visual update to residents about the master plan and an opportunity to workshop preferred concepts based on previous stakeholder input.

Review second public meeting notice and presentation for more information.

Fairport-East Rochester Post: Fairport's OCED to hold info meeting on northwest quadrant
Fairport-East Rochester Post: Fairport residents share ideas for redevelopment plan

The final presentation was held as part of the Village Board meeting on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Village Hall board room. Elected officials and residents received a visual demonstration of the 3D GIS master plan model and preferred development concepts based on previous input. Many residents came to attend this much anticipated presentation. View presentation notice, map and news article with images.

You can take a virtual tour of the 3D development concepts: VIDEO 1 and VIDEO 2. Read our press release and the related news article

   
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  Kennelley Park UPGRADE: South Main Street    
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With this upgrade, Kennelley Park has become a vibrant recreational attraction in the heart of the village.

About the Project

Kennelley Park is situated right on Main Street near the Liftbridge, overlooking the Erie Canal.

The Fairport IDA invested in this public infrastructure project by providing matching funds and upgrading the gazebo and replacing beams, floors, steps, railings and fresh paint. The park has been opened up to Main Street with new pedestrian lights, plants, flowers, brick pavers, benches and signs.

Kennelley Park is highly frequented in the summer and became a central event site, hosting the weekly Summer Concert Series. The total project cost was $ 125,000.

   
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  Fairport Junction (formerly Columbus Commons) UPGRADE: Liftbridge Lane East    
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With attention to detail, even a public parking lot can be a welcoming, visually appealing element of community life.

About the Project
Upgrades and improvements to this public parking lot included the construction of the Albert Knapp Memorial Pavilion, with support from the Fairport Rotary, with brick pavers, a pocket park, 300’ cedar fence, bollards, plants, shrubs and trees, brick piers and a decorative iron archway at the entrance.

Fairport Junction is utilized for retail space and a stage site at the annual Fairport Canal Days and the Fairport Music and Food Fest. In the winter, the ice skating rink occupies part of the parking lot.

The total project cost was $ 225,000.

   
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  Box Factory LAND LEASE: 6 North Main Street    
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This prominent building was once home to the soda manufacturer Deland Chemical Works, vinegar and pectin producer Douglas-Pectin Corporation and box producer Neun Company.

About the Project

The Fairport IDA issued $2.63 million in bonds to redevelop and expand this now vibrant building on the Erie Canal in the heart of the business district.The IDA made the project feasible by entering into a land lease agreement with Casa Associates.

Today, the Box Factory has a variety of commercial tenants on its first floor (Restaurant, Cafe, ice cream store), and the second and third floors are fully occupied with professional, real estate and financial service firms.

   
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