Woodridge Motel shuttered in Canandaigua due to unsanitary conditions

A motel on Lakeshore Drive that has raised eyebrows for some time due to its dilapidated condition closed Monday.

The Woodridge Motel at 4459 Lakeshore Drive, near the intersection with Route 364, shuttered following a recent joint inspection involving town code enforcement and the New York State Department of Health.

The inspection found the motel in decay, unsanitary and “unfit for human habitation,” said Canandaigua Town Manager Doug Finch. He added that the guest rooms had been altered for cooking devices though they were never designed for such and the presence of food had caused infestation of insects and rodents.

Except for the proprietors, the motel was largely vacant when it was closed Monday. A remaining few people were being relocated by social services, Finch said.

“We have been working with the Department of Social Services. This has been an ongoing evaluation by social services, the Department of Health and the town of Canandaigua,” he said.

Finch said concerns about the condition of the motel and what is going on there have been raised for years. He said more recently he asked the town code officer to look into the situation. One reason was his noticing the Woodridge using its parking lot for patrons of Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center — that requires a special use permit that Finch said the Woodridge had not obtained.

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