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April 11th, 2015

Hyatt Under Construction [PHOTO: Democrat and Chronicle]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week (and WOW, what a week for development here in Rochester)…


Charlotte Street – Full Circle

Proposed Charlotte Street project in the East End. Construction is set to begin this summer. [IMAGE: SWBR Architects & Passero Associates]
You may remember when we took a look at the large, former brownfield on Charlotte St. Well the team of Home Leasing and SWBR won the RFP external link and will be building 72 apartments and 14 townhouses starting this summer. The project is officially called Charlotte Square and you can see the renderings here external link.

Take Me to Church

In a move someone smarter than me must have seen coming, the Rochester Lyric Opera (as opposed to those clowns at the Rochester Instrumental Opera) purchased the church external link at 440 East Avenue with plans to convert it to a new 900 seat theater. The building was formerly the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

East End Cometh

If you like the East End, but Charlotte Square isn’t your thing and you’d prefer a building with some patina, have we got a deal for you. DHD Ventures announced that external link they will be converting 6 vacant floors of 50 Chestnut Street into about 75 apartments.

I Like to Watch

The view from the Inner Loop Fill Cam. [PHOTO: City of Rochester]
As if the Midtown Rising webcamexternal link weren’t enough action for a construction voyeur, the city has now also posted an Inner Loop filling webcamexternal link as well. This is your golden opportunity to watch dirt be pushed around for the next 2 years.

The Future of Development

On the horizon, the state also committed funds external link for brownfield cleanups on two ‘sites’ in Rochester. One of these ‘sites’ is the better part of all of Rochester around Lyell, Lake, and State (some 600+ acres, in fact), and while not specified, probably includes Sykes. The other site is the long under-utilized Vacuum Oil site, which since gaining direct pedestrian access to UofR is probably due to at least be turned into a parking lot.

Veggies for Wedgies

The South Wedge Farmers Market will move to a new site at 151 Mount Hope. [RENDERING: Al Pardi Architects]
Finally, the South Wedge Farmer’s Market is moving to a new site along the river – Genesee Crossroads Park (151 Mt. Hope Ave). No word yet on what will become of the parking lot on Alexander Street 😉

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As always, use the comments below as open discussion for anything in these links – or let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to see us hit more aggressively in future RocLinks. Have a great weekend!

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6 Responses to “RocLinks 4/11/15”

  1. Brian M. says:

    Exciting times for Rochester!

  2. Carl Binger says:

    Love it all!

  3. John says:

    The South Wedge farmer’s market move is great. Its a neglected city owned lot right next to a small “park”. It seems Mt Hope hasn’t received the interest the rest of the South Wedge has, the new apartments, Swiftwater Brewing, and now this is really a good sign.

  4. Bob says:

    Denkman, you nailed the Vacuum Oil story out of the park. Still no escapades at the Canadian Embassy, though I did meet and speak French with someone who works there.

  5. Bob – Thank you. I hope DC is treating you well, I will be on the east coast in a few weeks, but sadly no further south than Philly. If you feel like making the trek up, though, I am sure we could make something happen!

  6. Richard Rolwing says:

    Are there any (tentative) plans for the site on Andrews where the Greyhound station stood? That would be a good spot for housing–or something!


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