A dream turned reality celebrated at Pinnacle North
by: Denise Champagne
Assemblyman Kolb at the Canandaigua development: “If you build it, they will come”
CANANDAIGUA — The movie “Field of Dreams,” was on the mind of Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb this weekend as he thought about the Pinnacle North project and what it will become.
At the ribbon cutting Monday, Kolb drew an analogy from the movie, paraphrasing the film’s most famous line of dialogue and telling a large group of developers, civic leaders, staff and community members, “If you build it, they will come.”
Kolb noted the film’s Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), an Iowa farmer who heard voices telling him to build a baseball diamond in his corn field, also had a lot of naysayers — but like the people involved in the Pinnacle North project, he took his vision from a dream to reality.
“It’s teamwork, and the best is yet to come,” Kolb said, standing beneath a large white tent behind the newly opened Young Lion Brewing Co. “This is just the beginning. It’s just been very rewarding for me to play a small part with all the partners involved in this project.”
The multi-phase, mixed-use project is being designed and developed by Morgan-LeChase Development LLC, a joint venture between Morgan Management LLC and LeChase Construction Services LLC formed in 2013 when plans were first announced to develop a 21-acre parcel on the north side of Lakeshore Drive, across from Kershaw Park.
The first phase includes luxury living quarters at Pinnacle North Apartments, which people started moving into in March; Young Lion Brewing Co., which opened last month; Abbott’s Frozen Custard, which opened Memorial Day; and the soon-to-open restaurant of Three Brothers Winery & Estates.
Reflecting on a rainy weekend, former state Senator Michael Nozzolio, who worked with developers and civic leaders from the project’s inception, said he thought Kolb came up with a great metaphor and joked he was worried he might have used Noah’s Ark.
Nozzolio, who did not seek re-election last November, said working with people on projects is what he misses most about no longer being in the state Senate.
“The Finger Lakes is not just a great place to visit,” he said. “It’s a wonderful place to live, it’s a wonderful place to work and it’s a wonderful place to raise your family.”