Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reilich Turns Casino Idea Into Peeing Contest


TWC News: Christopher Westfall of Pyramid said the site, on which it hopes to build retail and housing, would also be well-suited for a casino.

   "I see no reason why not. There's 66 acres, there's ample parking. It's easily accessible," Westfall said.

"As far as the concept of a casino, I think that was thrown out as a flippant comment. I don't take it seriously. There's no application or plans for a casino there at this time," said Town Supervisor Bill Reilich.

Reilich said he's not convinced a casino would add any economic development possibilities.

SCATS ~~ Well Mr. Supervisor, I think YOUR comment is even MORE "flippant!" WHY would you EVER say something like this to someone interested in cleaning up one of the biggest messes in this town??
 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe the DEC declared that parcel a" brown field".
This means the land is highly contaminated and would cost millions to make it environmentally safe for public use.
Any developer for any venue would have to spend millions just to remove the contaminated soil and replace it before anything could happen there. Plus, it's located in a flood plain.
Unless the developer. Made us tax payers help pay the cost of the cleanup and deal with the drainage problem, he would be stupid to invest a dime there. And of course,, sock it to us a second time and be granted a COMIDA tax breakWe don't need the problem that exists in Irondeqouit with Conegel.

SCATS said...

To 12:57PM ~~ The possibility of getting federal govt help with the clean-up still exists as far as I'm aware. The feds already did some basic work there a number of years ago. These sites are typically "cleaned-up" in stages, not all at once.

The FACT remains that the parcel sold and the new owners are making plans to utilize their purchase. I'm ALL in favor, since I can't forsee anything as bad as it currently appears.

Anonymous said...

The Feds have tightened their aid for these proposed development, Four years ago, the DEC refused cleanup funding for a condo project on the east side of the river adjacent to the new bridge, The developers sued and eventually won.
Since then, the site remains as polluted as ever from Kodak Chemicals that leached into river banks and beyond.Even though they won, the DEC prevailed in the final analysis by delaying the project in the courts for so long, several investor s in the condo project walked away and invested elsewhere effectively killing the project .As a result, we tax payers saved 2 mil in Federal dollars, the cost of the cleanup. It remains untouched and will stay that way.
I use this is an example of the hurdles any developer faces to reclaim that area of which part of the parcel is listed as a wet lands which will add to the problem.

SCATS said...

To 2:38PM ~~ I don't believe anyone would buy that toxic swamp without some assurance the clean-up would be moving forward, do you?

Anonymous said...

Didn't it sell for one buck? And sure if you intend to use it for tax loop hole advantages like Conegel did in Irondequoit at the mall as a right off..
The Atkins estate should pay for the clean up as they were the major polluter of the site in the first place.

SCATS said...

To 6:51PM ~~ I read that the Town Assessor lost his case over the assessment which got lowered to $1 as a result. I have not seen that it sold for $1.

Anonymous said...

When will we receive our "new" assesments?

SCATS said...

To 8:05AM ~~ I believe those who opposed them will get their determinations next week.

Anonymous said...

I think its funny that when people challenge the assessments because they believe they are to high when asked would you sell your house for that most say "No I would want more!" All people need to do is pay there fair share. If it is what your house is worth and your taxes are to high talk to the school district or fire district.