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Old McDonald had a bright idea

IRONDEQUOIT — The Irondequoit Farmers Market is gearing up for its 2008 season on Thursdays on the grounds of Town Hall. New nights may also be in the mix.

Regular market days are 4 p.m. to dusk June 5 to Oct. 9, but market organizers are looking for vendors who want to offer spring plants for sale in May. The market hopes to open with a kind of preview, with Flower Days, on Thursdays, May 1, 8 and 15, from 4 p.m. to dusk. Shoppers would be able to purchase flower and vegetable plants for their gardening needs.

“Last year, the vendors expressed an interest,” but so far haven’t signed up, said Michelle Simmons, assistant to Supervisor Mary Ellen Heyman.

The flower days, the first of which would precede the Rochester Public Market’s Sunday Flower Days by almost two weeks, are a direct response to vendor requests to open earlier, said Sue O’Brien, a community resident and volunteer market manager. She added that she’d like to have 10 vendors committed for all three weeks in May before going ahead with the flower days. So far, she is only 30 percent there.

“But I’m not at the panic stage yet,” she said.

Cell tower might loom over town line

GREECE — The southern part of this Rochester suburb could get an addition to its skyline.

Bell Atlantic Mobile wants to build a 145-foot cell tower at 80 Gates-Greece Town Line Road.

The parcel of land is occupied by a few farm buildings right now, said Gary Tajkowski, the town’s director of development services. The site is zoned agricultural.

Big condo project envisioned

IRONDEQUOIT — It’s no longer a concept. Late Tuesday afternoon, the town received an application from RSM Development LLC to construct nine town homes and 47 condominiums on 5.9 acres at the bottom of Newport Road, formerly home to the Newport House restaurant.

The community first had a look at the project during conceptual reviews last year, and raised objections ranging from obstruction of views of Irondequoit Bay to increased traffic in the area and the removal of one more scenic spot from the public domain. Neighbors and the greater community also objected to the density of the project, originally proposed for 10 town homes and 52 condominiums in two buildings. The number of condos was reduced to 48 during the conceptual phase.

The application now includes 47 condominiums in four buildings, all but one of which would have 12 units.

Three towns team up to market themselves

BROCKPORT — Government officials, business people and others from Sweden, Clarkson and Brockport are working together to develop a regional marketing plan for all three municipalities.

“The general concept behind the marketing plan is to draw attention to our area,” said Sweden Councilman Thomas Ferris, one of the group’s organizers. “We have a business district in the town and village, and we want to support those businesses with consumer traffic.”

Ferris said the group is in the early stages of forming and doesn’t have a name or structure — he called it a “loose confederation” with about 15 members.

Group member Josephine Matela, president of the Brockport Merchants Association, welcomed the chance to work on the plan.

“There really needs to be a comprehensive, inclusive plan that markets each municipality and highlights those things that are in that municipality,” she said.

Ferris said the group is working with SUNY College at Brockport business professor John Gardner to develop a foundation of research for the marketing plan. Gardner’s marketing students would gather data on what which the area has to offer.

Once the marketing plan has been developed, the group will be ready for the second phase of their effort — raising the money needed to get it up and running. It hopes to begin implementing the marketing plan in early 2009.