Redevelopment project might get underway at Canalside as the city recently finished utility work

The city has finally finished moving the massive utility connections that ran underground at the site in preparation for selling the property to a developer, potentially clearing the way for a long-delayed redevelopment project at Canalside along Scott Street.

The state agency in charge of Canalside and Outer Harbor revitalization, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., has asked the city to officially abandon and sell a triangular piece of property along Scott, extending from near Washington Street to Main Street.

An official from the ECHDC said that the 0.12-acre lot is a portion of a bigger parcel that is located at the intersection and that it would be sold to a developer now that it is a buildable site.

Benderson Development Company has had their sights set on constructing a multistory structure on the corner lot at Washington and Scott for some time now. This project may have a mix of residential, commercial, and retail space. Once the waterfront agency takes control of the property from the city, it intends to sell it to Benderson.

Last week’s Planning Board activity also included:

  • Approved a proposal by Ammar Shaibi of Buffalo to create a retail strip plaza on the East Side by constructing a 16,150-square-foot single-story building at 881-901 Broadway on part of a larger L-shaped lot that extends from Detroit to Townsend streets. It would be diagonally adjacent to an existing 14,930-square-foot building that was built in 1968 and is being renovated. Both would accommodate multiple tenants.
  • Backed a zoning amendment requested by Fillmore District Common Councilmember Mitch Nowakowski for a series of properties on Sycamore Street between Sobieski Street and Rother Avenue, to reflect the mixed-use commercial opportunities for the area.
  • Approved a combination of four lots into one at 2633 Delaware Ave. for Rochester-based DePaul Developmental Services, which plans to construct its $30 million Pan-American Square Apartments complex with three linked buildings of 150 units of affordable and supportive housing on a slender stretch of land between Delaware and Colvin avenues.

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