For sale: two historic Dundee buildings
DUNDEE--The village of Dundee is ready for some new business development. Two prominent buildings on state Route 14A (Water/Main Street) are currently for sale.
Tuesday, April 6, Steve Brown, of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center met with a special real estate exploratory group of Our Town Rocks (OTR). They toured the two buildings at 28 Water St. and 2 Main St. Both of the large, prominent buildings are in Dundee's historic district.
The three story Water Street location is home to a six-lane bowling alley, now out of operation. Down the block and across the street, the three-story Pour House building is also for sale. It includes a former restaurant and liquor store that are now closed but part of the structure. The pub is still in operation.
Sam Dixon owns the three-story bowling alley property. On the first floor, the bowling lanes and equipment are still functional. The second and third floors are unoccupied open space with ornate copper ceilings and original hard-wood floors.
Dixon estimates the total square footage of the building to be about 26,000 square feet. He owned and operated the first floor bowling alley from 1992 through 2004. The other floors of the building have been home to a number of businesses through the years including ballet, karate, dance and tumbling. Dixon says the building had a movie theater with a stage in the early 1900s. The basement is a bomb shelter.
Since 2004, the building has been sold three different times. Each time Dixon held the mortgage and each time the building came back to him by default.
He now owns the building outright and expressed his willingness to "sell for half of what it is worth to a venture that would be right for the community." He said he would even be willing to assist with financing.
He added, "There has been a lot of interest and I am waiting for something to develop. We are in no hurry. I really want to see something that will help the community and sustain work in the area."
The owner of the Pour House, Jeff Angle, was not available for comment. The tour of his property conducted by his son included the pub's bar and pool table area and the sites of two former businesses that are still structurally intact and part of the building: a restaurant with a full kitchen with an area for patron seating and a small liquor store. Five apartments of about 750 square feet are on the upper floors in various stages of rehabilitation.
The OTR exploratory group includes Caryl Sutterby, OTR project coordinator, Heather Cook, Amy Mauro, Jason Mauro and Daniel Giles.
OTR is a local health improvement initiative whose mission is to improve the physical, social, and economic health of Barrington, Starkey and Dundee through neighborhood self-reliance and community-based problem solving with both public and private cooperation. OTR is funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and sponsored by the S2AY Rural Health Network.