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Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Waterpark Resort

Being the parent of young children, these are the kinds of announcements that get my personal interest. But setting aside my own bias...today's proposal for a new hotel, indoor waterpark and retail complex in Canandaigua sure sounds like a significant economic development.

This site talks about the kinds of facilities this company is apparently slated to build. Go here to learn about Splash Lagoon, a spot in Erie, Penn. that has attracted patrons from here -- including my own personal neighborhood.

Quoting from the release:


An 86-acre destination resort, featuring an indoor waterworld, two hotels, conference center, restaurant, fitness center, spa, arcade and gift shop is being proposed for construction in Farmington. Named Glacier Lakes Resort and Aquazonia Indoor Waterworld, this initial phase of construction is projected to break ground during the first quarter of 2007. Anticipated phase one opening is slated for Fall 2008.

The facility's location would be approximately 2.8 miles south of NYS Thruway exit 44/Canandaigua. Individual facilities at Glacier Lakes Resort would include a 175-room themed hotel; a 100-room franchise hotel; a 22,000 square-foot conference center hosting conventions, meetings, events, weddings and more; a family style restaurant; a themed restaurant, a complete
fitness center and spa; along with a gaming arcade, gift shop and outdoor pool. The Aquazonia Indoor Waterworld, a component of Glacier Lakes Resort, would offer 70,000 square feet of heated, indoor water-related recreational activities.


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