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.
55 Railroad Street
By the time Costanza Enterprises remade this burnt-out structure into Station 55 in 2008/2009, it had already lived many lives. Best known as the home and headquarters of Noah’s Ark Warehouse and later a factory for assembling office furniture and equipment, the building had stood vacant since 2001. $3.5 Million in private investment turned this hopeless eyesore near the Public Market into very popular Soho-style loft apartments and 14,000 sq. ft. of buzzing market space.
Thanks to Christene at Constanza Enterprises for the information and “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, Costanza Enterprises, From Eyesore to Opportunity, Railroad Street, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester Public Market, Station 55
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