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
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 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 .
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 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 they will be converting 6 vacant floors of 50 Chestnut Street into about 75 apartments.
I Like to Watch
As if the Midtown Rising webcam weren’t enough action for a construction voyeur, the city has now also posted an Inner Loop filling webcam 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 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
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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