“Double Jeopardy” wasn’t invented by Alex Trebek. It’s actually a procedural defense in our system of justice that forbids a defendant from being tried more than once for the same (or similar) charges. Unfortunately this rule doesn’t seem to apply with historic preservation in Rochester. Because the very same owner of this historic church at 660 West Main Street will, for a second time, ask the Zoning Board for permission to demolish the structure to make way for a discount store.
Dawn Noto is president of the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association. She was concerned about the demolition plans in March of 2013 when the Zoning Board blocked them the first time. This time Dawn says the conditions are no different and the City should be working with the owner on a plan to rehab the church building instead of entertaining his plan for a second time…
- Demolition of a DBHV – Designated building of Historic Value needs a variance – proposed is demolition for “discount grocery store”. Tenant and a business plan remains a mystery.
- To build a 17,922 sq. ft. commercial building (6000 sg. ft. is current code)
- To build set back behind parking lot (0′-5′ building setback from sidewalk is current code)
The zoning board will first vote on the demolition variance.
In an online message to Susan B. Anthony neighbors, Dawn Noto said:
In related news, RocSubway has attained the following conceptual drawings from an anonymous source who says they were submitted to the City of Rochester sometime last week…
The drawings show what could be a residential adaptive reuse plan for the church and surrounding property with 20 apartments ranging from 700 to 1200 sq. ft.
Whether residential, or mixed use with some commercial, this plan could allow the developer to take advantage of a significant historic tax credit to rehab and re-use the church — and he did admit to the D&C recently that he would need help with his taxes.
Attend the Zoning Board Public Hearing
The Zoning Board public hearing is this Thursday (7/17), 12:00pm/noon at City Hall room 302A.
If you would like to speak at this hearing please call
If you can’t make the meeting, written comments may be submitted by July 16th, 2014 via email to Jill.Symonds@CityofRochester.gov or:
City of Rochester
Bureau of Planning & Zoning
30 Church Street, Room 125B
Rochester, NY 14612
Tags: 660 W. Main Street, Dawn Noto, demolition, Designated Building of Historic Value, development, development plans, Marvin Maye, Rochester, Rochester NY, Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood, urban design, Westminster Presbyterian Church, zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), zoning code
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