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A large addition to the Brooks Landing project appears to be moving forward. It’s called The Flats at Brooks Landing and has been on the drawing board for several years. The developer applied for tax breaks for the project, indicating it’s moving ahead. (I’ve emailed him for a construction start date.)

The Flats would be an 80,000-square foot, 11-story building that would include a boat house for the University of Rochester. There would be 70 apartments for students.

Brooks Landing is shaping up to be a success story. One of the retail and office buildings had been slow to fill up, but there are now several restaurants and a coffee shop.

Update: The mayor has submitted legislation asking city council to authorize $385,000 in environmental cleanup funds for the site. The city’s economic development arm also plans a $750,000 loan. The project cost is closer to $20 million. Construction is expected to begin in the spring. – RB 3/9

– We make a lot of stuff. Rochester ranks 33rd out of 100 metro areas on exports. This is significant news. Our region is the second largest economy in the state and exports will play a huge role in our future success.

– Kodak CEO Antonio Perez sent a cheery email to employees about how the company is faring under bankruptcy.

– Pat Robertson wants pot legalized.

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