More than a year after its retail store was destroyed by fire, The Apple Farm on Route 444 is still operating out of an existing storage and production building.
On Tuesday, Victor Town Planning Board members gave operator Bejan Bahai the go-ahead to continue doing so for the next six months — and indefinitely, if he can raise the funding to make needed improvements.
“His (temporary site plan approval) would have expired at the end of the month,” said Victor Planning Board Chair Ernie Santoro. “We don’t want to see him fail. We wanted to give him extra time to get into his season and to do what he has to do. It needs some refinement and bring it up to code.”
Bahai is the son of Munir Bahai, who launched the 142-acre you-pick apple business in the early 1970s.
Over more than four decades 1640 Route 444 became a popular seasonal destination for apples, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, hiking trails, disc golf and a petting zoo.