Advisor: A change in zones might be required earlier than Cary Corridor could be eliminated to make approach for Wholesome Residing Campus
Before Cary Hall at 211 E. Main St. can collapse, the land it lies on must be reallocated, said the GLOW YMCA and United Memorial Medical Center advisor in their efforts to build a new campus for healthy living in downtown Batavia.
David Ciurzynski of Ciurzynski Consulting LLC from Attica has asked the city council to change the zoning of this package from P-2 (planned development) to C-3 (commercial) so that the whole country is involved in the revitalization of the downtown state initiative project under the same zoning.
P-2 refers to the current medical office building on the site of the original Cary Mansion, which was demolished as a historic landmark in 1964 after nearly 150 years.
“We have to take three or four packages and combine them into one for the new building,” Ciurzynski said today. “It’s an everyday process on projects like this.”
The matter is on the agenda of the special conference and city council business meetings on Monday evening.
The building is a $ 30 million company and will provide integrated services from the YMCA and UMMC that are part of the Rochester regional health system. The start of construction is planned for autumn this year and is expected to last until 2023.
The two story facility will be on land between the current YMCA and Wiard Streets and will cover 211 and 213 E. Main St. The property at 213 E. Main St., on which the Batavia Elks Home was once located, is divided into Zone C-3.
In his letter to the city council, Ciurzynski wrote that 211 E. Main St. “in view of the use of the building at the time the zone map was changed, it was probably retained as P-2”.
“The property was last used as a warehouse for medical office buildings (it is now empty) and will be demolished to make way for the new GLOW YMCA / UMMC healthy living campus after this application for re-zoning was approved,” he wrote des the existing YMCA will be demolished for the new campus. “
In an April 29 memo to the city council, city manager Rachael Tabelski indicated that the city council had the power to refer such matters to the city planning and development committee for review and recommendation. Therefore, the Council will consider a resolution designed to achieve this.
Some story from 211 E. Main St., based on a story on The Batavian, from 2012.
- The Cary Mansion was sold to St. Jerome Hospital in 1959 and dismantled five years later by order of the hospital’s board of directors with about 30 days’ notice.
- The hospital began building a nursing school at the rear of the property and then decided, without much notice, to demolish the mansion to expand the nursing school, which it dubbed the Catherine McAuley School of Practical Nursing. The program ran from 1963 to 1981.
- In 2012 a marker was erected to commemorate the manor house. The inscription reads: 1817-1964. A gift to his wife from Trumbull Cary, merchant, bank founder, NYS senator and first Batavia treasurer. The marker was paid for by the William C. Pomeroy Foundation.
- The building is now called Cary Hall and is owned by UMMC.