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idyllic family by water

A bold vision.
A bright future.

The Reserve on the Erie Canal was conceived and developed by Anthony J. Costello beginning in 2006 and was approved by the Town of Brighton in 2009. It was a bold concept and vision for a planned community in the highly sought-after town of Brighton. With 70 acres, and a shortage of land and any new construction in Brighton, this project was eagerly anticipated. Easy access to the University of Rochester and other major destinations made this a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

This bold plan called for estate homes located on Pendelton Hill, single-family detached homes on St. Johnsville Trail, and at least 5 other condo clusters to include:

  • Glenville I & II: single-family attached one-and-a-half-story condominiums.

  • Brewerton: attached single-family ranch-style condominiums.

  • Watermark II: two-story attached “Brownstones”

  • Watermark Landing: low-rise condominiums


All of these communities would participate in a shared master Homeowners Association that provided a clubhouse equipped with a pool, gym, theater, 120-seat dining room, catering kitchen, meeting space, wine cellar, sauna, steam room, indoor/outdoor spas, trail access to the Erie Canal Pathway and connected to Meridian Park with easy access to Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester to the west and the village of Pittsford to the east. 


The amenities include sidewalks, streetlights, a dog park, and multiple ponds with fountains. In addition, the condos and select properties would receive lawn maintenance, snow plowing, and garbage removal.


Unconventionally, the developer chose to build out all the infrastructure for the entire project rather than phase the development. While costly it would save the residents from a substantial amount of construction traffic later. The boldest move was to complete the 19,250-square-foot clubhouse prior to the completion of the residential units.


While no official amount is available, Costello was believed to have spent in excess of $12mm for this clubhouse.


Sadly, Anthony Costello passed away in 2016 and his estate entered into probate, the process dragged out, the Association failed, and the clubhouse was shuttered without a sponsor to fund the project. The estate settled with creditors in Sept. of 2022 and sold the property to a group of investors seeking to complete the project.


The first order of business was to get the association back into good order and re-establish the Association with the Attorney General's Office. Next was to work on the clubhouse that had been shuttered for years. Nearly a dozen homes were started but left unfinished for years. The new sponsor funded the Association, completed repairs to the clubhouse, completed nearly a dozen partially complete units, and is now actively building the rest of the project.

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