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Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Photo: Crews install downtown benches

post by Howard Owens in batavia, downtown

In another sign it's spring (really, it is), city crews were downtown this morning installing the park benches for the season.

Crew members are Shawn Easton, Shawn McAllister and Rick Reeves.

BTW: It's might snow tonight.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Downtown businesses that keep their sidewalks clear get a little recognition

post by Howard Owens in batavia, business, downtown

A few of these signs popped up along downtown streets today. A couple of the business owners who found them in front of their store fronts this morning didn't know who put them out.

They hare the handiwork of Brian Kemp, of T-Shirts Etc.

Kemp took on the project himself -- not through the BID or Vibrant Batavia -- because he thinks local business owners should be encouraged to keep the sidewalks in front of their establishments. The ones who do so should be rewarded.

"They don't realize you've got to be able to see the cement," Kemp said.

He only made a few signs, so he'll rotate them around tomorrow, making sure businesses that haven't received the recognition yet, but deserve it, will.

Bottom photo submitted by Jessica Budzinack. She wrote, "My husband Christopher Budzinack works at The City Church. He was so happy his hard work was recognized during this rough winter.

Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Photo: Litter patrol on Main Street, Batavia

post by Howard Owens in batavia, downtown

It might not be quite spring cleaning, but with snow melting and the sun out, two city workers patrolled Main Street Downtown this afternoon looking for any litter that may have become visible. They are Shawn Easton and Shawn McAlister.

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Tompkins acquiring building at Main and Center to expand customer service center

post by Howard Owens in business, downtown, Ken Mistler, Tompkins Insurance

It seems hard to believe, but Tompkins Insurance has outgrown its space in the Bank of Castile building at 90 Main St., Batavia, according to Executive VP David Boyce.

Boyce confirmed this afternoon that Tompkins is in the process of acquiring the two-story commercial building at the corner of Main and Center streets with the intention of expanding its call center in that location.

"We have had great success in the bank building across the street, but I didn't think we would outgrow it in nine years," Boyce said. "I guess that was a little short-sighted on my part and Jim Fulmer's, but we've had great success hiring great people from the area."

The call center, Boyce said, is a "care center" in Tompkins vernacular. It's where customer service reps field incoming phone calls from the company's 36,000 private insurance clients.

Tompkins is acquiring the building from Ken Mistler, who owns as many as 10 Downtown properties. Its primary tenants are both on the first floor -- WBTA AM-1490 and Optique Optical.

Boyce said he would defer for the time being in sharing the purchase price but said the company will be making a significant investment in renovating the second floor of the structure.

The property at 113 Main St., is assessed at $325,000.

Boyce said the company is likely to apply to Genesee County Economic Development Center for a sales tax exemption on the building renovations and a PILOT on any increase in accessed value.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Photo: The purpose of pink snow

post by Howard Owens in batavia, downtown

If you've been Downtown in the past day or so, you may have noticed pink markings spray painted on the snow.

A city official explained that the Department of Public Works has a few new employees and a new supervisor. They may not know what's buried under the snow, such as plants and streetscape. Rather than have them plow in a way that might damage the streetscape, workers will see the markings and know what snow to remove.

The Downtown snow removal will likely take place today.

So if you wondered, now you know.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Photo: Night snowfall in Downtown Batavia

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Batavia was hit with a couple of inches of snow this evening, but the weather has cleared a bit more now. Photo of East Main Street at Jackson taken about 8 p.m. when snow was still falling.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

Photo: Snow clean-up Downtown

post by Howard Owens in batavia, downtown

On a day of no snowfall and no blowing snow, city crews are taking the opportunity to clear away piles of snow from parking lots and parkways. Above, a crew works on a pile of snow outside City Centre on the Jefferson Avenue side.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

T.F. Brown's, Lions, ready to serve annual community Christmas dinner

T.F. Brown's and the Lions Club of Batavia will host their annual community Christmas dinner Dec. 25.

The dinner is free to all.

There are two seatings available, noon and 1 p.m. 

An RSVP is requested by Dec. 20. If planning to attend, please call (585) 345-1000 and let Maud know how many people are coming, for which seating, and the gender, ages and first names of children.

Children will receive a present from Santa.

T.F. Brown's is located at 214 E. Main St., Batavia.

Pictured are: Tony Scalia, Joe Teresi and Michael Tomaszewski from the Lions Club and T.F. Brown's owner Rick Mancuso.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

Photos: Annual Taste of the Holidays in Downtown Batavia

post by Howard Owens in batavia, BID, business, downtown, taste of the holidays

Friday night was the first night of Taste of the Holidays. The festivities included a chance for visitors to the tent on Jackson Street to sample food from area restaurants and visit with other vendors. Bus rides to the Holland Land Museum Office to see the Wonderland of Trees were also part of the event.

The event continues today from noon to 3 p.m. and will include carriage rides and a scavenger hunt.

Children can also visit Santa today in City Centre.

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Photo: Repairs on water line break on Center Street

post by Howard Owens in batavia, business, Center Street, downtown, infrastructure

A private contractor is working on a water line on Center Street today. The line broke Saturday afternoon. The line runs into Center Street Smoke House and for most of the day, the city has been able to provide water to the restaurant. The restaurant is expected to be open for business this evening.

UPDATE: Water service was fully restored at 5:30 p.m.

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