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Strip mall is first of 3 major projects

Construction has begun on a new strip mall, one of three major construction projects in the Town of Batavia.

Continuing a decade-long period of business and retail development, COR Development of Syracuse has cleared a 47-acre site between Park Road and Veterans Memorial Drive for a 330,000-square-foot plaza anchored by Target and Lowe's. Exterior walls are being erected.

The site, next to a Holiday Inn, eliminated the Batavia Downs Trailer Park, which for decades had housed the racetrack's horsemen and their families.

Meanwhile, millions of dollars will be invested over the next decade on two business parks being developed by the Genesee Economic Development Center, the county's industrial development agency.

The largest is a 200-acre Genesee Valley Agri-Manufacturing Park that will extend from East Main Street (Route 5) to Ellicott Street Road (Route 63) behind the Genesee County Fairgrounds.

The Development Center envisions a potential of 10 companies with a capital investment of $100 million and the creation of 1,080 jobs.

The park would be attractive to food processing companies in an area where agriculture is the largest business. The site is bounded by two major highways, sits on an aquiver and is adjacent to the O-At-Ka Milk Products Cooperative.

A second project is the Upstate Med and Tech Park, a life sciences business development on 34 acres adjacent to Genesee Community College. The $1.5 million cost for utilities and infrastructure is being financed in part by the Development Center, the Town of Batavia and National Grid.

Tenants could interact with the college in courses of study, Web technology and internships.

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