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Woods Oviatt Gilman planning move to Legacy Tower.

Byline: Kevin Oklobzija

Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP has been granted a sales tax exemption on equipment, furniture and fixtures by Imagine Monroe, a step in the firm's planned move to Legacy Tower (formerly Bausch & Lomb Tower).

The county says Woods Oviatt Gilman intends to lease approximately 85,000 square feet in Legacy Tower, which is now part of the Buckingham Properties downtown leasing portfolio. That allotment of space would be in the neighborhood of four to five floors. There are 20 stories in the tower.

Woods Oviatt Gilman is headquartered in Rochester and has offices in Buffalo and Phoenix, Ariz. There are 275 employees in the Rochester office, according to the county; with 91 attorneys, the firm ranked third in among law firms in the Rochester Business Journal's 2018 Book of Lists.

In the request to the county for the sales tax exemption, Woods Oviatt Gilman said it had outgrown its existing space in the Crossroads Building at Four Corners and the new space would support the firm's growth.

According to the county, the firm will be investing $1.5 million in the move and will add 10 employees.

Other proposals approved by Imagine Monroe:

Rochester Precision Optics, LLC will be granted a sales tax exemption on construction materials, furniture, fixtures and equipment for renovation of existing space to accommodate new manufacturing and engineering efforts. Rochester Precision Optics recently acquired a Florida company and plans to integrate operations into the Henrietta facility, adding 30 jobs to the existing workforce of 275.

SPF Medical Supply Corp. has received an Enhanced JobsPlus property abatement as well as sales tax exemption on construction materials and furnishings for construction of a 100,000-square-foot addition to its facility in Rush. SPF Medical Supply plans to create 100 jobs over three years with the $18 million project.

FiveTwentyFive East Broad LLC, a real estate holding company owned by Konar Holding Corp., will receive an 11-year PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Tax) for the construction of six townhouses and 40 apartments in the Neighborhood of Play near The Strong Museum. There also is a sales tax and mortgage recording tax exemption.

Panorama Landing LLC, a branch of Gallina Development Corp., has received renewal of sales tax and mortgage tax exemptions on the remainder of the Phase 1 project for the $9.935 million redevelopment of the former Washington Drive-In Theater site in the Town of Pittsford. The 21-acre site is being developed into a business park with five single-story office buildings. 653-4020

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Publication:Daily Record (Rochester, NY)
Date:Nov 28, 2018
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