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The future of Fingerlakes Mall: As possible sale and Victor Bass Pro loom, local stores stay afloat

Fingerlakes Mall was a different place a decade ago. In 2007, a few years after cutting the ribbon on New York’s first Bass Pro Shops and one year after being purchased by Sam Abram, the Aurelius mall was thriving. With an 81-percent occupancy rate bolstered by national chain stores like Steve & Barry’s, FYE and Sears, the shopping center was... more

Spectrum pricing peeves local customers

Their commercials promise “crystal clear” HD TV and faster internet speeds. But there’s one thing those Spectrum TV ads airing in the Finger Lakes region don’t promise: lower prices. Well, at least for former Time Warner customers who are now part of Spectrum. It could be because the cable TV, internet and phone provider’s rates have been going up for... more

Ontario Insurance Company celebrates 140th anniversary

Founded on June 12, 1877, the Ontario County Patrons’ Fire Relief Association was launched to protect area farmers from the financial devastation they endured when fire claimed their barns or damaged other property. Now known as the Ontario Insurance Company, the organization has evolved over the years, and this year it celebrates its 140th Anniversary. “Times have changed, and so... more

New Grant Avenue car wash, Genesee Street McDonald’s remodel under review in Auburn

The Auburn Planning Board will soon vote on two new commercial site plan applications: one to construct a new single-tunnel car wash on Grant Avenue and the other to remodel the existing McDonald’s restaurant on Genesee Street. According to Senior Planner Stephen Selvek, both projects were proposed to the planning board earlier this year, and both have gone back and... more

Cayuga unveils plans for one of state’s largest solar farms

It was just a few years ago that Cayuga Operating Company was on the verge of closing their coal plant in Lansing, but today they are planning for a new future in solar. The company unveiled plans to construct one of the state’s largest solar farms at its 434-acre site in Lansing. Ironically, the solar farm will be located on... more

Linden Street work halted: City says special stamping pattern not done correctly

The city announced Wednesday that it has ordered work stopped on the repaving and treatment of Linden Street. “Our Public Works team has discovered an installation issue with stamping the pattern onto the street,” said city spokeswoman Rhonda Everdyke. “The current work has been stopped and the contractor will remedy the issues to ensure that the original design and bid... more

Seneca County IDA to consider hiring consulting firm

The next step in the One Seneca economic development strategic plan process is hiring a consultant. That may occur Thursday. The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors will discuss a proposal from Fairweather Consulting of New Paltz to serve as a consultant to the IDA, the county Board of Supervisors and the county Chamber of Commerce during the... more

What’s in store for cab companies in Ithaca now that Lyft, Uber might move into …

Two local cab companies have responded to the possibility of Uber and Lyft moving into Tompkins County and their main takeaway was the same: the sparkle behind ridesharing services likely won’t last long. John Kadar, who has owned Ithaca Dispatch for 22 years and has about 80 drivers on the road in Ithaca and about 40 in Elmira, said, “I... more

Demolished building in Clyde hauled away

A recently demolished building on Main Street in Clyde has been cleared out and hauled away. According to Mayor Gerald Fremouw, the structurally damaged building posed a safety risk to the community. After a partial collapse of the building, the structural engineer called in by the village to inspect the building deemed it unsafe and recommended demolition. A truck sat... more

Geneva Chamber will co-host ribbon cutting ceremony

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be hosting its next Member Milestone Celebration on Friday, June 2, 2017. The event will include an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to honor the Grand Opening of the new luxury apartments that are now available at Lakeview Geneva, LLC. The Grand Opening event will take place from... more

Apple invests $200 million in Corning Inc.

It was only a few years ago that Corning Inc. and Apple Inc. were locked in a fierce battle. Apple was considering replacing the protective screens in its iPhones and iPads with sapphire, effectively wiping out the market for Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Fast-forward to 2017, when Apple has just bestowed on Corning a $200 million grant to help stabilize iPhone... more

Walls coming down at former Seneca Knitting Mill

Demolition of former Seneca Knitting Mill structures on both sides of the limestone building that will be the new home of the National Women’s Hall of Fame is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday. Crews from Sessler Wrecking and Excavating in Waterloo will be at the scene to demolish remaining brick walls on the west side of the limestone building, with... more

Cornell will survey Lake Ontario flooding; businesses, residents urged to participate

Cornell University will be studying the rising waters of Lake Ontario. The New York Sea Grant has awarded rapid response funding to Cornell University to develop and conduct a standardized high water impact survey in the areas along the southern and eastern shores of Lake Ontario. The effort is in response to stakeholder requests for a standardized method to collect... more

NOW OPEN: The Candle Shop celebrates a new beginning on Exchange St. in Geneva

It’s been a long road, but a rewarding one at the same time. The Candle Shop, which celebrated it’s first weekend open last week – heads into the holiday weekend with renewed confidence about their plan to open a business in Geneva. For Jessica Fischer, owner of The Candle Shop, the idea was born out of uncertainty in 2014. “My... more

Seneca Housing named ‘Business of the Month’ for May

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce and Hampton Inn Seneca Falls are pleased to announce Seneca Housing, Inc. as the Business of the Month for May 2017. Seneca Housing helps provide housing for low-income, elderly and distressed persons. Their valued assistance has become an essential ingredient to the stability and preservation of many Seneca County neighborhoods for the past 40... more

SFDC holds ‘successful’ community workshop

The Seneca Falls Development Corporation held a community workshop on Monday where residents, business owners, and community leaders gathered to share ideas and explore emerging opportunities for the Town’s ongoing economic development efforts. In addition to working on a draft of tasks, recommendations, and action items for the 2017 Town of Seneca Falls Economic Development Plan, the group heard from... more
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