FLX Welcome Center work on schedule

The $5 million conversion of the city’s event and visitors center into the Finger Lakes Welcome Center is on track, the city’s director of the Office of Neighborhood Initiatives says.

Sage Gerling said Massa Construction of Geneva, the low bidder on the project, will continue to work through the winter in anticipation of a spring opening. Essentially, Gerling explained, the FL Welcome Center is a state-funded project in what is still a city-owned building.

“We are the receiver of the grant, so we pay out the expenses,” she said.

Welcome centers are being built in each of the state’s economic development regions. In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo selected Geneva as the Finger Lakes region’s site.

Gerling said the city will continue to maintain the grounds after the new Finger Lakes Welcome Center opens in the spring.

Chrisanntha Construction of Gorham is the project manager for the city and handled the bidding process as well, Gerling noted.

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