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Canandaigua City Council approves housing project, but developer says it’s dead now

A proposed housing project in Canandaigua, aimed at adding 132 townhomes in the city’s northeast, has been scrapped according to the developer, Chris Iversen.

Despite receiving a narrow approval from the City Council for a crucial rezoning from residential to planned unit development, he labeled the initiative “a dead project.”

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The rezoning was intended to grant more design flexibility but came with stipulations for granite curbs, dual-sided sidewalks, and specific construction traffic signage, additions that Iversen suggests made the project unfeasible.

Iversen, who had envisioned the development as “workforce” housing targeting those with annual incomes between $40,000 and $100,000, expressed disappointment, particularly noting the increased costs imposed by the council’s conditions.

This marks the third failed attempt to develop this challenging 30-acre property, which Iversen had hoped would offer a more affordable living option within the city. The council’s decision, split with a 5-4 vote, reflected both the desire for development and adherence to city standards, as well as the community’s concerns over increased traffic and loss of green space.