Court sides with Ontario County property owner

The owner of a commercial property in Rushville that was headed for sale at last year’s Ontario County real estate auction has won his court case.

Eric Lundquist — president of Document Reprocessors, now with its East Coast base in Penn Yan — took the county to court over the property on Railroad Avenue. Winning on appeal with a unanimous decision by the state Supreme Court Appellate Division, 4th Department, the property is now back in Lundquist’s hands and he is talking up his case.

“What is sad is that over $120,000 of my funds have been spent on attorney fees fighting Ontario County. This is absolutely wrong,” said Lundquist, who lives in California and has a home in Middlesex. The Rushville property and its buildings, assessed at more than $400,000, are currently used for storage, and Lundquist has the 15-acre lot for sale.

Lundquist said he wants other property owners to know what happened to him — in hopes of helping others in similar situations and in hopes the county will change its ways.

He isn’t the only one. George W. Hamlin IV, former CEO and president of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust, weighed in. Hamlin, Canandaigua National Corporation’s chairman of the board, said he finds the county’s approach “draconian.”

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