Public funding helps build the financial base for $19 million retail/housing project in Batavia

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Work could start late this year or in early 2021 on the The Ellicott Station retail and housing project in Batavia, the project’s developer says.

“Nothing will be going on until we close. There might be some preliminary work, some testing and things like that, but no construction,” Sam Savarino of Savarino Companies, LLC told The Daily News. “Right now the schedule is for closing either the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2021. We would start immediately (with construction).”

Construction would end in 2022 under this timeline. “My anticipation would probably be 16 months after we commence,” Savarino was quoted as staying.

Savarino estimated the overall project cost at about $19 million. “The hard construction cost is the largest number — the largest component — and the cost to remediate the site,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

The project would also receive about $3.6 million in incentives from the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and $425,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) funding.

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