IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. -- The new owner of the Medley Centre in Irondequoit is a familiar name. Angelo Ingrassia, the sole bidder, offered $100,000 Thursday morning during a Monroe County Sheriff's Office sale.
Ingrassia was a well-known figure, as for years, along with his business partner Vinnie Pellegrino, he starred in commercials for Irondequoit Dodge. The two closed the dealership on East Ridge Road in 2005.
Since then, Ingrassia has purchased other properties and businesses in the Rochester area. Some of his most recent developments include the former Depot Plaza in Irondequoit which is now Tops Plaza. Ingrassia also owns LA Fitness centers throughout Monroe County.
"Everybody in Irondequoit knows Angelo. They know his passion for the town and they've seen the work he's done. They've seen the new LA Fitness, they've seen the new Tops," said Fred Squicciarini, Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce.
"It's development, it's growth, it's tax dollars, I think it's just great."
Part of Medley Centre is owned by Flaum Management, which last year, purchased the former Macy's building along with 900 parking spaces. Flaum COO Michael Palumbo says his firm is excited about Ingrassia's purchase.
"They're great developers. We own the adjacent former Macy's, we wish him the best, we're here to support him in anyway we can and we're going to continue to work on our projects."
Palumbo says Flaum is currently working on opportunities for the 120,000 square foot Macy's building.
Irondequoit residents we spoke with say they're glad someone other than Scott Congel is taking possession of this property, and a big plus is the new owner's ties to the community.
It's unknown what Ingrassia plans to do with the property, but Sharnice Gatson, an Irondequoit resident, says she'd like to see another shopping mall there.
"It'll be easier to get there because I live so close," Gatson said, "so I won't have to go all the way to Greece or Eastview so I'd be able to go right there."
Since Congel has let the building sit virtually vacant for years, Kirk Gabbert said he believes having a local developer on board is in the best interest of the town.
"I hope to see this guy do something because the guy that bought it before did nothing but waste the town of Irondequoit's time and money," said Gabbert, a town resident, "and I hope to see something good go in there, I really do."
"Hopefully he can make a go of it. That's hopefully. What I think really doesn't matter. I just hope that he will do the best he can to bring it back to life," said Frank Gasbarre, Irondequoit resident.