Developers of the multi-use Pinnacle North project cleared the second of three hurdles Thursday by getting approval from the Canandaigua City School District Board of Education on a proposed amendment to its payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement.
The board voted 5-3, with one abstention, agreeing to move the project along for the good of the community.
“All the decisions we make are through the lenses of children,” board President Jeanie Grimm told developers Kevin Morgan and Mike Czlonka, principals with Morgan Management LLC, after the vote. “This has been a very difficult decision for us.”
Noting she was disappointed the developers returned to ask for changes only two and a half years after the original 25-year PILOT was approved, she said she voted for it because it was the right thing to do, while also pointing out the district’s taxpayers don’t feel like they get those kinds of breaks or special deals.
“I think it’s a community decision we’re making,” said board member Michelle Pedzich, noting she likes going to the area, buying pretzels and looks forward to seeing what comes next. “I feel like it’s a community project and we’re a community.”