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’75 Monroe’ project in Pittsford in legal limbo, again

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WROC) — In January, a judge’s decision and subsequent appeal have left the long-beleaguered “75 Monroe” project — a planned development called “Westport Crossing” at that address — in legal limbo, again.

A lawsuit filed in the summer by developer Mark IV — as well as their subsidiary Pittsford Canalside Properties — alleges they were denied a JobsPlus application sent in April by COMIDA, Monroe County’s development on May 16. COMIDA made the vote 4-3.

Mark IV said in the lawsuit that the building project would have created 120 temporary jobs, as 24 full-time jobs after three years.

The developer says that one of the COMIDA members, Joe Alloco — who owns Alloco Real Estate Management — did not abide by COMIDA’s conflict of interest rules.

The lawsuit says that Alloco owns five residential properties within six miles of the Westport Crossing site, and that by not disclosing these properties, he is alleged to have actual and perceived conflicts of interest or recusing himself from the vote, which ended up costing the project millions in tax breaks.

Mark IV has told News 8 they won’t build until this ruled in their favor.

“I consistently vote with the utmost integrity to advance the mission of COMIDA, and with the best interest of the people of Monroe County at heart,” Alloco told News 8 in August.

Ultimately, a judge in January ruled that this issue be remanded back to COMIDA, and Mark IV/Pittsford Canalside Properties filed an appeal a short time later.

It’s unclear at this time when the next appellate court hearing might be, or where the project currently stands.

​ PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WROC) — In January, a judge’s decision and subsequent appeal have left the long-beleaguered “75 Monroe” project — a planned development called “Westport Crossing” at that address — in legal limbo, again.

A lawsuit filed in the summer by developer Mark IV — as well as their subsidiary Pittsford Canalside Properties — alleges they were denied a JobsPlus application sent in April by COMIDA, Monroe County’s development on May 16. COMIDA made the vote 4-3.

Mark IV said in the lawsuit that the building project would have created 120 temporary jobs, as 24 full-time jobs after three years.

The developer says that one of the COMIDA members, Joe Alloco — who owns Alloco Real Estate Management — did not abide by COMIDA’s conflict of interest rules.

The lawsuit says that Alloco owns five residential properties within six miles of the Westport Crossing site, and that by not disclosing these properties, he is alleged to have actual and perceived conflicts of interest or recusing himself from the vote, which ended up costing the project millions in tax breaks.

Mark IV has told News 8 they won’t build until this ruled in their favor.

“I consistently vote with the utmost integrity to advance the mission of COMIDA, and with the best interest of the people of Monroe County at heart,” Alloco told News 8 in August.

Ultimately, a judge in January ruled that this issue be remanded back to COMIDA, and Mark IV/Pittsford Canalside Properties filed an appeal a short time later.

It’s unclear at this time when the next appellate court hearing might be, or where the project currently stands. Read More DevelopmentRochesterFirst  

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