Carr project moves ahead

BRIAN QUINN/DAILY NEWSThings are preliminary, but the project at the former Carr store will go ahead, property owner Ken Mistler said.

BATAVIA — Local officials and the owner of the former C.L. Carr Co., Inc. store property say a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project at the Main Street site is moving forward.

“I can say I’ve spoken to the developer of the Carr’s project in recent weeks and they are committed to moving it forward. That was good news. They’re still working with (consultant) Urban Vantage out of Buffalo. That seems to be moving along again,” City Manager Rachael Tabelski said during Thursday’s Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) meeting.

Tabelski said she told property owner Ken Mistler what the next steps needed to be, including determining whether to do a historic preservation study of the building.

“They can decide to or not to,” she said. “The second thing was to solicit architecture and engineering proposals. They seem to be back on track with trying to move that forward.”

The former Carr’s location, 101-107 Main St., would be developed for mixed use. The DRI grant is $1 million and the total project investment is $5,250,000 according to an October 2020 DRI project tracker.

Mistler Friday said things are preliminary.

“I really don’t have anything to say yet. The project is going forward, yes,” he said.

BDC President Lori Aratari said, “The initial plan is to put multiple commercial tenants on the first floor and the upper floors will be residential and could possibly be fully furnished corporate rentals and boutique hotel rooms. Whatever makes the best financial sense to the owner is what he would proceed with.”

During the meeting, Aratari said preparations are being made for a ribbon-cutting for another DRI project, Ellicott Place. The tentative date for the ribbon-cutting is Sept. 14.

The $3.15 million project at 45-47 Ellicott St., was to rehabilitate about 18,000 square feet of vacant, first-floor commercial space, and to have 10 second-floor apartments.

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