On Thursday, Greg O’Connell, founder and president of the O’Connell Organization, which wants to refurbish the historic building at 60 Clinton Street, sent the following letter to the members of the Sweden Town Council.
The O’Connell Organization
175 Van Dyke Street, Suite 322A
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Dear Sweden Town Board;
As you are aware, I‘m in contract for the property known as 60 Clinton Street, Brockport, NY. As an integral part of this purchase we have applied to the town of Sweden, NY for tax abatement under new York State Tax Abatement Law 421M.
My intentions for this building are as follows’ to create two (2) residential apartments and one (1) commercial unit at the street level. These two residential units and the store would be built in accordance with all local zoning, building regulations and any other historic or NYS DEC environmental regulations that may apply, the NYS Office of Historic Preservation, the local historic preservation association, and the 421M Board for comments and approvals.
I have retained an architect, who visited the site and he understands what I want to accomplish with this project. Once approvals have been obtained from the Village, town, and School board for the 421M tax abatement, preliminary architectural drawings/plans will be completed. They will be submitted for approval to NYS DEC, the NYS Office of Historic Preservation, the local historic preservation association, to the local building department and to the 421M Board for comments and approvals. Once the renovation is completed, the rent for the two residential units would comply with the affordable rent regulations of New York state and the rent for the ground level commercial unit will be kept affordable to attract a small business.
As is my custom and my track record for work within the towns of Mt. Morris, Avon, Geneseo and Nunda has shown, all building materials required for the renovation of this building would be purchased locally and all workers that will be hired by the O’Connell Organization or any of its companies to work on the building/project will be local hires. It is my intention to continue to contribute and improve the local economy.
My purchase and renovation of this building will vastly improve the appearance and perception of Clinton Street. Hopefully this project will kick start other renovation projects designed to reinvigorate the downtown area.
The next town Council Meeting is Tuesday February 11, 2014 at 7 PM in the West Conference Room of the Town Hall located at 18 State Street in Brockport.
Town residents are encouraged to show up at the Town Council Meeting to voice their opinion about granting the 421-m tax exemption for the historic property at 60 Clinton Street.