Pickering Pub project may get grant help

No one on City Council seems to have an issue with the plan to redevelop the Pickering Pub.

But councilmembers are divided on whether federal funding should be used to help transform the longtime South Main Street establishment into an upscale bar focused on specialty and craft cocktails and higher-end wines.

City Council voted 6-3 on Thursday night to act as a conduit for developer and would-be owner Patrick Gleason to obtain $100,000 worth of Community Development Black Grant program money.

Gleason, who would pay for a grant writer and environmental review costs, has said he hopes to begin work on the overall $400,000 project later in the year, depending on the grant approval process.

Mayor Ellen Polimeni and Councilmembers David Whitcomb, Jim Terwilliger, Nick Cutri, Robert O’Brien and Bob Palumbo are in favor of the request, for reasons varying from improving downtown and the local economy to increasing sales tax revenue.

“To support downtown Canandaigua is a way to support the residents of Canandaigua,” Cutri said.

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