Rochester Subway
Subscribe for Email UpdatesBecome a Facebook FanFollow Us on TwitterRSS Feed Rochester History + New Ideas. Fresh from the Rochester Subway.

Topics


Rochester Subway Gift Shop


¤ Visit the Gift Shop
¤ See Combo Deals & Offers


Modern Rochester Subway Map


Modern Rochester Subway Map

¤ View Details
¤ Buy at Reconnect Rochester


Modern Rochester Subway Map


City of Rochester, New York

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Neighborhoods Map

Rochester Neighborhoods Map

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Subway Map, 1928


1928 Rochester Subway Map

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Subway DVD

The End of the Line - Rochester’s Subway (DVD)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Landmarks Poster

Rochester Landmarks Poster

¤ View Details

 | 

SOLD OUT


Work in Rochester

Work in Rochester

¤ View Details
¤ Buy from Amazon


Original Streetart by SPACEMAN

Original Streetart by SPACEMAN

¤ View All Spaceman Art


Old Rochester Photos<br>and Historical Views

Old Rochester Photos
and Historical Views

(Framed Reprints Available)

¤ View All Rochester Photos


Rochester Subway Cap

Embroidered Subway Cap

¤ View Details


Rochester Subway T-Shirt

Rochester Subway T-Shirt

¤ View Details


Rochester Subway Token T-Shirt

RTC Token T-Shirt

¤ View Details


Rochester RTC Token

RTC Token (1948)

¤ View Details

 | 

SOLD OUT


Roch. & Brighton Token

Roch. & Brighton Token
(1887-90)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Railway Co. Token

Rochester Railway Co. Token (1900-09)

¤ View Details

 | 

SOLD OUT


Rochester School Fare Token

School Fare Token (1948)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester NYS Railways Token

NYS Railways Token (1909-38)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Subway Poster + DVD Combo

Rochester Subway
Poster + DVD Combo

¤ 

Add To Cart

 (Save 10%)


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (1941),
Rochester Rail Equipment

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (1938),
Subway & Broad Street

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (1942),
Rochester City Hall & Subway

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (c.1912),
Rochester’s Four Corners

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (c.1905),
Erie Canal Aqueduct

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (c.1928),
South Entrance to Subway

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway + Trolley Transit Passes

Original Subway, Trolley,
and Bus Weekly Transit Passes

¤ View All Transit Passes





BREAKING NEWS….. Plans Unveiled for College Town Extension

April 1st, 2016

College Town Extension Rendering [IMG: E-Architect/BIG]
By Matthew Denker

[PLEASE NOTE: This was an April Fools posting. Joke’s over.]

In a truly stunning announcement this morning, the University of Rochester has announced plans for a College Town Extension. As an alum, they decided to share exclusive details of the project with me here at Rochester Subway, and I’m delighted to have the chance to walk everyone through what will be one of the biggest developments in Rochester this decade…

Before we get started, let me express my gratitude to the university for sharing these plans with me. I hope that I am able to do them the justice that they deserve. I’m also personally thrilled that College Town has been such a sweeping success to warrant an extension. I always knew this would be a winning project. OK, moving on.

College Town Extension Site Plan

As we can see from the site plan, the college town extension is planned for a roughly 28 acre parcel at the northwest corner of Elmwood and Mt. Hope Avenues. This puts it directly across Elmwood from the existing portion of College Town. And in what can only be considered the Rochester architectural surprise of the century, Bjarke Ingels and his BIG external link firm have been retained to design the site and all buildings on it. This is such a big (no pun intended) deal, that Joel Seligman was quoted in the press release as saying, “I don’t normally hire starchitects external link for things like this, just look at O’Brien Hall over on Wilson Boulevard, but when I do, I go Danish, like my continental breakfasts.” Well said, sir.

So what’s actually getting built? Glad you asked! In addition to an all new street grid (new urbanism, HOORAY!), plans include an 8-story, 500 unit apartment building with retail on the ground floor, a 4 story office building to house UofR’s burgeoning admissions department, a new performing arts center, and a 18,000 car garage to support the new buildings and expand parking options for university students on campus. Let’s take a look at each of these buildings individually.

The Infinity Apartments

The Infinity Apartments [IMG: Dwell/BIG]
The first building we’ll look at is The Infinity Apartments. Designed for affordability with units sized from 400-800 square feet and running from $1,000/mo – $2,000/mo, this sustainable, LEED platinum apartment building will be the envy of RIT students everywhere. Every apartment in the building has private outdoor space, and the building itself has a green roof with a gray water re-circulation system designed to support the maintenance of the entire site’s grounds. It’s also the building BIG is most proud of, having been quoted as saying, “The shape of infinity melds perfectly with the site as a respectful symbol to the circle of life for the area’s existing entombed residents.”

College Town Extension Rendering [IMG: E-Architect/BIG]
With about 100,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor of the building, the university hopes to attract a CityTarget. This would be a first for Rochester, but it would provide much needed big-box access to city residents who struggle to make it to the suburbs for their shopping needs.

The Offices

The Offices [IMG: Design Boom/BIG]
The second building on the site is known only as “The Offices.” Designed exclusively to house university admissions, the office was crafted in every way to support potential students. The windows are designed to let just enough light in to offer prospective students hope, but not so much as to blind them. The ground floor is porous enough to give passers-by a sense they could enter, but probably never leave. And finally, like all buildings in the College Town Extension, The Offices will be LEED certified so that everyone knows how much UofR cares about the environment.

The William A. Johnson Memorial Performing Arts Center

The Offices [IMG: Archello/BIG]
While I’ll be the first to admit that naming something in memory of a person who is still alive seems odd, I think this is the rare case that it’s the right thing to do. The third time’s a charm isn’t a saying for nothing, and after the fast ferry and high falls, I think it’s incredibly likely that the performing arts center succeeds. In any event, the PAC is designed to seat 800 and already has the commitment of all four UofR A Capella groups for a full season of shows when it opens. Designed to look like the top of a vase, the building is a nod to the many other urns in the neighborhood.

So that’s it, folks. I’ve been told that if this College Town Extension is half as successful as the first portion, that we’ll have at least two more extensions northward along Mt. Hope to look forward to. Big changes are coming for an area that really hasn’t changed much in years (really, it’s practically dead), and that’s exciting. So exciting that I leave you with this quote about the project by NY Senator Chuck Schumer:

Today is another banner day for the City of Rochester. Four years after what some dubbed the ‘Garbage Plate Summit’ between me, President Seligman and Mayor Richards, we are breaking ground on the historic College Town Extension project. The promising College Town Extension will redevelop 28 acres of University of Rochester property with housing, shops, office, and performing arts space – all while creating a link between the campus and the City – is a winner and I knew we had no time to waste to get it done. I was thrilled to fight for and deliver a $50 million federal investment from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in September, which helped get this job-creating project over the financing finish line in time for this year’s groundbreaking.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

This entry was posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 8:30 am and is filed under Architecture, Rochester News, Urban Development. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

12 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS….. Plans Unveiled for College Town Extension”

  1. Frank says:

    You are a development writer, not a comedy writer (which is apparent). This was just dumb, and a waste of my time reading, and your time writing and coming up with drawings. Please don’t insult your audience like this every year.

  2. Adrian says:

    I heard that U of R is also planning a sunken skyscraper in Mt Hope Cemetery, ala: http://www.evolo.us/competition/new-york-horizon/

    Just some minor excavation needed.

  3. ELF says:

    Frank must be a blast at parties.

  4. Jenny says:

    ONLY COMEDIANS MAY JOKE!
    Settle down, Beavis.

  5. “The William A. Johnson Memorial Performing Arts Center” Ha! This was friggin’ hilarious! Good one, rochestersubway.com! Happy April Fools Day! πŸ™‚

  6. Ben says:

    This is pretty funny and really couldn’t be timed better with what’s actually happening at College Town these days.

  7. Chris says:

    “You removed the headstones but didn’t remove the bodies!” I see a poltergeist thing happening!

  8. Gary says:

    This is an awesome project utilizing our existing infrastructure in novel ways. In this development, a dead zone that was under-contributing to the city’s payroll is re-imagined as an exciting quasi-urban space. I can’t wait for the new CityTarget, where I’ll probably be spending most of my time. Or the much-needed garage, which should be ideal for tailgating events. Leave it to the University and their contractors to effectively repurpose our buried assets based on the resounding success of the current College Town development.

  9. qwertyuiop says:

    LMAO

  10. David says:

    Frank is just mad the super highway and bike lanes were never built out to Henrietta last April 1st. lol

  11. Max says:

    I spent a good 20 min last year stoked about bike lanes to Henrietta. Had my guard up this year

  12. matt says:

    Are they building this inside the cemetery property as it appears on the map? Are they just going to pave over the graves their?


Post a Comment...



  Most Popular...
  1. Inside Rochester’s Terrence Tower
    (views: 38,607)
  2. Pot Holds Bowie in Rochester
    (views: 34,911)
  3. Inside Abandoned Medley Centre (a.k.a Irondequoit Mall)
    (views: 25,306)
  4. University of Rochester’s Lost Swimming Pool
    (views: 21,600)
  5. Inside Rochester’s Abandoned Walters Psychiatric Building
    (views: 17,452)
  6. Deep Inside Rochester’s Big Old Sibley Building
    (views: 16,606)
  7. The Old Barber House
    (views: 15,279)
  8. Abandoned Glass House
    (views: 14,836)
  9. History of Seabreeze Amusement Park
    (views: 14,334)
  10. Abandoned Girl Scout Camp Beech-Wood
    (views: 12,979)
  11. The Best Holiday Light Displays in Rochester v1.0
    (views: 12,827)
  12. Durand Eastman Park and the Lady In White
    (views: 10,650)
  13. Exploring the Caves of Rochester, NY
    (views: 9,797)
  14. Inside the Abandoned Camp Haccamo, Penfield
    (views: 9,579)
  15. Rochester Mafia, the Banana King, and the Infamous “Barrel Murder”
    (views: 9,213)
  16. Abandoned Theme Park: Frontier Town
    (views: 9,127)
  17. Inside the Abandoned Vacuum Oil Refinery
    (views: 8,996)
  18. Inside 65-67 Chestnut St. – Old Hotel Richford
    (views: 6,675)
  19. Inside RG&E Beebee Power Plant – Just Before (and during) Demolition
    (views: 6,245)
  20. Inside the Abandoned Sykes Datatronics Building
    (views: 5,853)

Topics

  • Architecture (63)
  • Art + Culture (117)
  • Events (100)
  • Freebies (9)
  • Interviews (32)
  • Opinion (107)
  • Other (1)
  • Reader Submitted Stories (126)
  • Rochester Apartments (4)
  • Rochester Destinations (97)
  • Rochester Gifts (18)
  • Rochester History (200)
  • Rochester Homes for Sale (6)
  • Rochester Images (207)
  • Rochester News (338)
  • Rochester Subway (51)
  • Rochester Subway Stories (17)
  • Subways Around the Globe (11)
  • Train/Railroad Stuff (47)
  • Transit + Infrastructure (200)
  • Uncategorized (17)
  • Urban Development (258)
  • Urban Exploration (60)

  • Rochester Subway Information

    Get Email Updates...
    Stay up-to-date on Rochester-related stories, artifacts, and ideas that you won't find in the mainstream news. Totally free, never spammy, and you can unsubscribe at any time.


    ¤ See Past Issues
    ¤ Our Privacy Policy

    Links

    Get Involved...

    ¤ Reconnect Rochester

    Related Blogs...

    ¤ A Town Square
    ¤ Moderate Urban Champ
    ¤ Our Tiny Earth
    ¤ The Rochesterian
    ¤ RocVille
    ¤ Rust Wire

    Resources...

    ¤ RochesterDowntown.com
    ¤ Rochester's Public Library
    ¤ ROCwiki



    Want to Advertise
    on RocSubway?
    Drop us a line.


    Other ways to follow RochesterSubway.com...

    Subscribe for Email Updates

    Email

    Become a Facebook Fan

    Facebook

    Follow Us on Twitter

    Twitter

    RSS Feed

    RSS

    Questions + Comments

    For questions about the Rochester Subway Poster or about your order, please email info@rochestersubway.com.

    Want to SAVE Shipping Costs?
    Buy the Subway Posters at these local shops...

    About the Rochester Subway Poster...

    ¤ Parkleigh [ ...map it ]
    ¤ Poster Art [ ...map it ]
    ¤ Rochester Public Library Store [ ...map it ]

    ¤ Rochester Subway Poster Press Release
    ¤ Article by Otto M. Vondrak
    ¤ Design by Mike Governale

    More About The Rochester Subway

    Help Support...

    ¤ Rochester Subway (Wikipedia)
    ¤ The End of the Line - Rochester's Subway, DVD
    ¤ Abandoned Subway Photos (Opacity.us)
    ¤ Walking the Rails (YouTube Video)

    ¤ Friends of RochesterSubway.com