Contractor plans to auction Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort property

The property where the shell of what developers still hope to finish as the Canandaigua Finger Lakes Resort and Hotel is scheduled to be auctioned off Jan. 3.

Co-developer Bob Murphy, however, said Tuesday the $3.6 million judgment in favor of contractor Manning Squires Henning Co. Inc. will be paid off before then and there will be no auction.

“We’d like to think so,” said Manning Squires President Gary Squires. “If the property owners came to us before the 3rd with a check, then obviously there will be no auction.”

The Batavia general contracting firm had filed a mechanic’s lien against the project in the summer of 2015 for labor and materials purchased the previous October to construct the shell. It obtained the $3.6 million judgment of foreclosure and sale in September in Ontario County Court against Finger Lakes Resort LLC and subcontractors Whitacre Engineering, Ramar Steel and the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency.

Suzanne Vary, economic development specialist with the IDA, said the IDA was named as a legality related to its involvement in extending sales tax benefits when the project originated.

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