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More than $50 million in development on horizon in Genesee County

BATAVIA – The coming months hold what could total more than $50 million in investment in the county’s commercial and residential sectors.

On the drawing boards and in some cases ready for building are expansions at everything from a cheese factory and a racetrack to a new subdivision.

Batavia Downs Gaming, a quasi-public corporation owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting, is completing early stages of a $27 million renovation that will add three restaurants to the trotting track.

The Homestretch Grill will overlook the finish line, while Fortuna and Rush 34, a sports bar, are on the first floor. The improvements should be in place early next month.

The main change will be to move the video lottery terminals from the second to the first floor and increase their number to 785 “slots” in the 100,000 square feet for gaming.

Equally ambitious is the plan by Yancey’s Fancy to spend $10.25 million to erect a plant for its cheese-making operation in the new Buffalo East Technology Park opposite Thruway Exit 48A in the Town of Pembroke.

The specialty cheesemaker, founded by the Kutter family, will also expand its original retail store on Route 5 in East Pembroke.

Meanwhile, Batavia’s largest industry, Graham Corp., is looking forward to a $5.5 million expansion, which could add 10 percent to the heat exchange maker’s 300 workers.

Graham wants to connect two manufacturing plants at one site and build a new facility at a second location. Its pumps, condensers and heat exchangers are used in oil, petrochemical and nuclear energy companies.

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park near the city limits has given an option to buy 10 acres to Alpina Foods, a yogurt maker planning an expansion.

The area will get its third sports equipment retailer in November when Dick’s Sporting Goods opens in the former Lowe’s chain, an anchor in the Towne Center at Batavia, just outside the city’s northwestern limits. Owner Cor, based in Fayetteville, is seeking two other tenants for the 138,000-square-foot space that Lowe’s left two years ago.

The projects will be aided by property tax abatements over a 10-year period as well as sales tax exemptions for construction materials and new equipment through incentives offered by the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

The Town of Batavia is also holding hearings on plans for the proposed 109-acre residential subdivision on Route 5, east of the city. County planners have already recommended approval.

Developer Peter Zeliff, who lives in the town, envisions Oakwood Estate with 136 housing units made up of single-family homes and two-family townhouses.

The Genesee Community College Foundation has planners’ approval to add two buildings to College Village next to the Batavia campus. The apartments would accommodate 64 students.

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