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Home Leasing CEO shares excitement about Huntington Building

Home Leasing CEO Bret Garwood said the Rochester housing developer is “excited about the opportunity to revitalize this beautiful historic building,’’ referring to the Huntington Building at 201 Fall St.

Home Leasing has signed a purchase option for the 1870-era landmark building with owner Peter Koch, who had previously entertained selling the property to Circle K, a gas station and convenience store chain, which wanted to demolish the building for a new fueling station.

That was a concern to some residents and officials and the matter went to court. But Koch’s recent change of heart has eased tensions and all parties involved are working to withdraw notices of appeal and getting the town historic district properly established.

“We are just now starting our due diligence so we can understand how this might be accomplished,’’ Garwood said in an email.

“We anticipate a similar process and outcome as we have on several other distressed historic buildings, such as the Eastman Dental Dispensary in Rochester or the former Holley High School in Holley,’’ he said.

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