Updated 02/07/2013 09:13 PM
WinnCompanies Makes Final Pitch To Keep MCC at Sibley Building
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Call it "Sibley's Last Stand."
Just like the infamous General Custer, it appears the owners of Rochester's Sibley Building have little chance for victory this time.
"The supporters of the Kodak proposal think that this is 'too little, too late," said Gilbert Winn, WinnCompanies Managing Principal.
For more than a year, Monroe Community College has planned to move its city campus out of Sibley to bigger, greener pastures at Kodak.
"No one's beating down the door over there to take those buildings off of Kodak's hands," said Tom Richards, (D), Rochester mayor.
So Thursday, a final counter-proposal from Winn Development; one last shot, to keep MCC at Sibley.
"Security systems, many of you see them being installed even today."
A slate of promised improvements. Re-designed spaces.
"Elevators will lead to all the floors..."
None of it was enough for MCC.
In a statement Thursday, the college dropped the hammer on Winn, citing "significant flaws" in the company's proposal. MCC says Winn is "overcharging taxpayers" to keep the college at Sibley, and claims the company won't pay prevailing wage during the redevelopment.
"Simply put, we will be paying prevailing wage at this project. The prevailing wage numbers are in our $18 million savings proposal," Winn said.
And in that number – $18 million in savings – Winn places its faith.
Gilbert Winn acknowledges that relations between his company and MCC have become very strained, and that's why he says he's not concentrating on wooing MCC anymore. Rather, he's going after the support of the taxpayers who fund the college.
"If the public is aware of this waste of millions and millions and millions of taxpayer dollars, they're going to write their legislators, they're going to write state legislators."
But Monroe County Legislature takes its final vote on the MCC move Tuesday, there's not much time left for public input.
"There should be taxpayer outcry when there's $18 million dollars of waste," Winn said.
Counting on the public for reinforcement... that may already be too late.