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Zeliff residence up for sale, businessman to remain locally involved

By Joanne Beck
Pete Zeiliff house west saile drive batavia
Pete Zeliff's house on West Saile Drive in Batavia.
Photo by Howard Owens.

Local businessman Pete Zeliff confirmed Monday that although he has put his Saile Drive property up for sale, he plans to remain in the area and be involved with his Genesee County endeavors.

Zeliff’s home at 4559 W. Saile Drive in Batavia has been listed by Michelle Dills at Howard Hanna for $3.5 million. He and his wife Doreen married in July and have homes in five states between them, he said, “because we’ve got grandchildren in almost all those places.”

“We’re just going to consolidate a bit. I don’t need this great big house here, along with everything else,” he said. “So I’ve got other homes here, and I just figured if I put this one up for sale, I don’t have this big house to take care of. We can stay in another place that I have.”

They will continue to be part of the Wings Over Batavia Air Show in 2024, as Zeliff explained that much of his own personal financial investment was because “we brought that air show back here for the community.”

He also plans to remain involved in a longtime annual Western New York Aviation Adventure Camp for high school students that he developed, and will be working on new construction of apartments with partner Ken Mistler with the Carr’s Reborn project on Main Street in downtown Batavia next month, he said.

Zeilif is also chairman of the board of directors for the Genesee Economic Development Center, with a term that expires in 2028, and serves on the United Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the 2022 Health and Humanitarian Award and has been a supporter of many community charitable organizations. He is also a former Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools board member.

The property listed for sale is just down the road from Zeliff’s airport hangar on Saile Drive and is situated on 5.8 acres of land. So far, it has reaped some chatter on social media sites, which Zeliff indicated he has seen.

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