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News roundup: New businesses in town

By Philip Anselmo

Most of the stories on the front page of today's Daily News were already featured on The Batavian this morning. We featured a full post on the court settlement between former priest Simon Howson and the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. We also included in our early morning roundup two stories picked up from WBTA about the awarding of a $3 million grant to United Memorial Medical Center and the demolition of a downtown block in Le Roy.

We did not yet report that a state committee has begun the search for a private operator to take over the ownership of the state School for the Blind in Batavia. Scott DeSmit reports that "two private entities ... may be qualified to operate the school: Perkins School for the Blind in Masachusetts and The Center for Discovery in Monticello." Other operators may also be interested, and state legislature approval will be required before any move toward privatatization can go forward.

In other news, two new businesses are on their way to the town of Batavia: one to the new shopping center and another on West Main Street Road. Peebles, the national clothing retailer, will host its grand opening on November 13 at its location in the Batavia Shopping Center on Veterans Memorial Drive. Other businesses expected to move into the plaza include: "Cato, a women's and girls' cothing store; GameStop, a video game retailer, and a Shoe Show shoe store." Also planning on an opening by the end of the year is a KFC/Long John Silver's, which is set to open its doors at its West Main Street Road location by Christmas.

As for non-retail construction, an apartment complex set to go in "next door to East Town Plaza" got its approval from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal. Joanne Beck writes:

The state-funded project is to be 43,000 square feet of a parking lot, two entrances (one for emergency vehicles) and 40 one-bedroom apartments. The units will predominantly be for clients of DePaul, a Rochester-based not-for-profit group that specializes in assisted living programs to help people who have mental illness, are in recovery from chemical addiction and/or live with a developmental disability.

Art enthusiasts and crafters in Genesee and Orleans counties will be happy to learn that galleries and studios throughout both counties will be open to the public this weekend. Genesee gets its turn Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Orleans will have a go at the same times Sunday. Pick up your free map and brochure listing of all participating studios at GO ART! at 201 E. Main St., Batavia.

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Tiffany Barber

Does anyone know what is going in the last spot (or spots) in the Target/Lowes plaza. Also what about the outbuildings - those look like the can accomodate at least 3 or 4 shops a piece.

Oct 2, 2008, 2:21pm Permalink
Steve Ognibene

Next to where in the East town plaza will this 43,000 building go? Will it be close to Domino's side or in the parking lot adjacent with rt.33 (clinton st. rd.)?

Oct 3, 2008, 7:43am Permalink
Tom Gilliatt

Has anyone heard if The old Latina grocery store is ever going to reopen by anyone?

It would be nice to have one on my side of the town instead of going all the way to the other side of town all the time and Aldys only has so many things not like a full fledged grocery store like the old Latinas/Jubilee used to be.

Oct 3, 2008, 2:25pm Permalink
John Roach

The building owner is trying very hard, but no takers. I would only guess that with Tops, Wal-Mart, Target and Aldi's the competition is just brutal. On top of that, you have Dollar General and Family Dollar working hard for our money.

Oct 3, 2008, 5:00pm Permalink

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