Goshen Plaza IDA incentives pulled, at developer’s request

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GOSHEN – The redeveloped Goshen Plaza mall will be built as planned, however, it will receive no financial incentives from the Orange County Industrial Development Agency.

Those incentives were previously approved, but the developer asked that they be withdrawn since they could not come to terms with the IDA, said Laurie Villasuso, its acting CEO.

“We have our labor policy and the commitment to the use of local labor is well defined, non-negotiable,” she said. “It’s disappointing that Goshen Plaza didn’t want to commit to this, but we still believe it is a good project that will move forward and will pay full taxes and ultimately benefit Goshen and the community at large, but they have requested to withdraw their incentives so the board acted (Thursday) to formally rescind those.”

The old strip mall at that site is being demolished. A reconfigured shopping center will include a new CVS pharmacy, a supermarket, something Goshen hasn’t had for decades, and other storefronts.