RochesterSubway.com has learned that Marvin Maye, owner of 660 W. Main Street, is making a renewed push to demolish the historic church. And one local theatre group has expressed interest in saving the building…
Late Friday afternoon Maye submitted a letter to the City’s Zoning Director from the New York State Historic Preservation Office stating that the church was no longer eligible for the state and national historic registries. If this is true, the building could be dropped from Rochester’s Designated Buildings of Historic Value list, opening it up for demolition.
Maye applied for a demolition permit earlier this summer but Planning & Zoning determined that the loss of the historic building and its replacement with a Dollar General store would negatively impact the character of the neighborhood; specifically Susan B. Anthony. [See the City's Site Plan Findings (PDF)]
Dawn Noto, president of that neighborhood association has been actively seeking alternative uses for the property that would not involve demolition. Today, RochesterSubway.com received the following email from a local theatre group, Bread & Water Theatre , that may be interested in using the church building:
To Be Continued…
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