March 15, 2017
ARKPORT, NY – There was some breaking news Monday night at town of Hornellsville’s monthly meeting. According to Town Supervisor Ken Isaman, the old Kmart plaza originally designated to be sold to St James Hospital will now be sold to private developer Robert Morgan of Morgan Management located out of Rochester, NY.
The property will be broken up into two parcels, with a Medical Arts Building occupying the main structure and the new hospital in the adjacent field and parking lot.
“This is great news for us,” said Isaman, “before when the projected owner was St. James Hospital, it would have been entirely tax exempt. Now since it is in the hands of Morgan Management we can tax it and bring in major revenue.” He continued, “There is a small downside in that it will incur more costs to the township. We will now have two entities instead of one which will require extra environmental forms, paperwork, etc.
According to board member Dan Broughton, the hospital portion will be a joint venture between University of Rochester and St. James with the U of R being the major player. The two phase project will also have separate contractors with one definitely being LeChase Construction out of Rochester.
The board also anticipates that the IDA will now get more involved because the Medical Arts Building will be in the hands of private ownership. They will be seeking pilots and other forms of tax reliefs. Also noted was all the previously acquired grants and funding will stay in place with 100% going directly to the project.
When asked about the reaction of St. James to this sudden news, Isaman replied, “Im pretty sure they were shocked, as we all were.” Isaman finished the conversation adding, “It’s going to be great for the whole community, all the way around, with a win win situation for everyone involved.”