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Rochester developer buys Canandaigua YMCA for commercial reuse | news

CANANDAIGUA – A Rochester developer sees Canandaigua as an “up and coming area.”

For this reason, Capstone Real Estate Development has purchased the Canandaigua YMCA building at 32 N. Main St. in the heart of the city.

Capstone owner Don Lasher said the deed was transferred on Aug. 26. He declined to disclose the purchase price.

According to Lasher, Capstone is leasing the property to the YMCA until the Sands family’s new YMCA, currently on North Street, is complete.

“Once the new Y is complete and the Y moves there, we will begin renovating the current Y for mixed-use commercial operations,” Lasher said. “Our marketing director, Lisa Fox, is now working on finding tenants.”

Lasher said there will be no residential units in the building, which includes the historic post office, which was built in 1910. He said the pool would be filled in and that area would be repurposed. The gymnasium, the elevated railway and the fitness areas will also be removed and renovated for new uses.

According to Lasher, Capstone will work within the building’s existing footprint; no additions are planned. He said the exterior will remain largely intact, with the post office receiving some upgrades but largely untouched.

“We were drawn to the property because it’s a good building in a good location in the city,” Lasher said. “We have other projects in Canandaigua and we think it’s an up-and-coming area with lots of character.”

The Y parking lot will be preserved and upgraded.

Capstone acquired the long-vacant and derelict former Lisk Manufacturing Co. property on Gorham Street in 2016 and renovated these former manufacturing buildings into Factory 243, a residential/commercial property with a restaurant.

Canandaigua has had a YMCA since 1905. The current YMCA was built as an annex to the old post office and opened in 1959. The Canandaigua YMCA began a management arrangement with the Greater Rochester YMCA in January and became an official branch of the Greater Rochester Y in May.

Plans for a new YMCA in Canandaigua have been in the works for years. Those efforts culminated last summer with groundbreaking for a new $24 million YMCA on North Street. The construction of this facility is expected to be completed and ready for occupancy in September 2023.

The new YMCA will be known as the Sands Family YMCA in honor of the project’s principal donor, the Sands Family Foundation. The foundation donated $13.5 million to the project, with $12 million earmarked for construction, $1.5 million for operational support, and a 2-1 match for other donations.

In addition, Constellation Brands, the Sands family business, donated land for the new facility.

The new facility will have 75,000 square feet of space with three studios for group exercise; several gyms, including one with an artificial grass floor; two swimming pools; an indoor splash playground; a creator’s space; s teaching kitchen; and outdoor day camp site. There will be on-site medical care and a full-time, licensed daycare center.

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