All the controversy over whether or not to demolish the 120 year-old brewhouse at 13 Cataract Street got us thinking. Those in favor of demolishing the building say it’s an eyesore and a haven for drug dealers; even prostitutes. So, just remove the building and our problems go away.
But if we demolished every eyesore in Rochester, would we have solved all the City’s problems? Or might we end up tossing the proverbial “baby” out with the bath water? For the next two weeks we’ll take a look at some local eyesores …or rather, opportunities, nearly lost.
696 University Avenue
When Paul Kramer saved the Flatiron building from demolition in 1981 pigeons & bats were living in the top three floors. It now has 18 loft apartments and 7 businesses, including Starry Nites Cafe and Edibles Restaurant. The Neighborhood of the Arts (NOFA) is today one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Rochester, when just fifteen years ago it was one of the most troubled. Despite its stunning success, the neighborhood remains remarkably affordable and diverse. This building is now widely considered to be the anchor of the neighborhood.
That’s Paul Kramer in the foreground. Thanks Paul for all your hard work!! Thanks to the Rochester Regional Community Design Center for the “before” photo, and thanks to Rich Margolis for the “after” photo!
How You Can Help…
Speak out against the demolition of 13 Cataract Street. Send an email to the Brewery and City Hall and show your support for a larger vision—Rochester’s Brewery Square.
And attend the public hearing on April 4 at 8pm and sign up to speak in favor of preserving 13 Cataract for future development and reuse.
Tags: adaptive reuse, Flatiron Building, From Eyesore to Opportunity, Paul Kramer, Rochester, Rochester NY, University Avenue
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