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Little House in the City

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Tucked away in a remote corner of downtown Rochester, facing the back side of the Geva Theatre and surrounded on all sides by parking lots, stands this unassuming brick house. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Tucked away in a remote corner external link of downtown, facing the back side of the Geva Theatre and surrounded on all sides by parking lots, stands this unassuming brick house. In downtown Rochester there are several lonely buildings like this one, still hanging on long after its neighbors have all been read their last rites.

I admire old little structures like this. Maybe it doesn’t have a glamourous story to tell. But it’s stuck it out for the last 150+ years – from Rochester’s boom, all the way through the toughest times this rusty city could throw at it. Whenever I’ve visited Geva Theatre I’ve taken notice of this one and wondered if it would find new life…

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015
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Three Heads Brewery & Tasting Room Planned for Neighborhood Of The Arts

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

FSI Development of Rochester plans to build a brewery and tasting room on the empty lot at 186 Atlantic Ave. for lease to Three Heads Brewing.
By Mike Governale

You may have heard FSI Development of Rochester has purchased the empty lot at 186 Atlantic Ave external link (a.k.a. The Gleason Lot). Here at RocSubway we’ve fantasized about filling in this empty lot for quite some time. And although it’s not our original vision, the actual plan may be even better than how we dreamed it – primarily because it involves a local brew.

FSI is planning to build a brewery and tasting room on the southeast corner of the site to lease to Three Heads Brewery external link of Honeoye Falls. Damn, why didn’t we think of this…

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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The Mystery of the Stone (Benvenuto) Lions

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Here's hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Last summer Rochester developer and restauranteur, John Tachin called up RocSubway with a history mystery for us to solve. After four months of digging, we came up empty. But here’s hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions.

Cue the Pink Panther Theme Song external link, this one’s a doozy…

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 23 Comments »

Filling In: 37 Eagle Street Part 2

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Matthew Denker is filling in 37 Eagle Street. For real.
By Matthew Denker

Welcome to Part 2 of Filling In: 37 Eagle Street. It’s been a while, so to catch you up, in Part 1 my wife and I bought an empty lot at 37 Eagle Street external link in Corn Hill. But the fun doesn’t stop there. We decided to build ourselves a house on it, and we’re going to take you along for the ride!

Today I want to talk about architects. Just for starters, we decided we did not want off-the-shelf plans and would instead pay (about 10% of the overall project budget) for a house to be designed from scratch…

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Sunday, January 4th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Urban Development | 17 Comments »

Rochester Retail Update

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Happy Holidays! In this month of consumerism I thought I’d bring you a small update on some exciting retail changes coming soon or already open in the city of Rochester. [PHOTO: Steve Vogt]
By Steve Vogt

Happy Holidays! In this month of consumerism I thought I’d bring you a small update on some exciting retail changes coming soon or already open in the city of Rochester…

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Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Wear to Where #3. . . . . . Grocery Store

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

In this holiday edition of Wear to Where, we stop in at the grocery store and pick up a few things. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

For those of us that have friends and family in town for the holidays, one of the most difficult things to explain to outsiders about this place may be Rochester’s grocery store obsession. In this holiday edition of Wear to Where, we stop in at the grocery store and pick up a few things…

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
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See Ya Later Inner Loop. Hello, Inner Horseshoe?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Google Maps updated their map of Rochester this week. Notice anything different?
By Mike Governale

Google Maps updated their view of Rochester external link this week. Notice anything different? Let’s zoom in on that visual a bit…

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 21 Comments »

Development Update… 179 Atlantic Avenue

Monday, December 8th, 2014

179 Atlantic Avenue has been completely overhauled inside and out. The building is nearing completion and almost ready for occupants sometime around the new year. [PHOTO: Steve Vogt]
By Steve Vogt

There’s tons of development happening all over the city of Rochester. In addition to the bigger ones, I thought I’d keep you updated on some of the smaller projects that are less spoken about.

179 Atlantic Avenue has been completely overhauled inside and out. The building is nearing completion and will be ready for occupants sometime around the new year…

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Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 13 Comments »

A Tower for Rochester

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Rochester's Skyline.
By Matthew Denker

Rochester has a nice skyline, although it’s not notably more impressive than some comparable cities like Des Moines, IA where the tallest tower is 801 Grand at 630 ft. or Birmingham, AL where the tallest tower is the Wells Fargo Tower at 454 ft. tall.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Filling In: 37 Eagle Street Part 1

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Matthew Denker is filling in 37 Eagle Street. For real.
By Matthew Denker

Welcome to the first part of Filling In: 37 Eagle Street. I’d love to tell you how many parts to expect, but I don’t really know. What I can tell you is that this is the first Filling In about a real live project: my wife and I are building ourselves a house at 37 Eagle Street external link in Corn Hill.

So what gives? Why a house, you say? Well, I’ve always dreamed of building myself a house, and if you haven’t noticed from previous columns, I’m very much interested in developing Rochester. If that’s not a fortuitous intersection of desires, I don’t know what is…

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Posted in Urban Development | 21 Comments »

RIT Student Concepts for Ward Supply Building

Monday, November 17th, 2014

The old Ward Plumbing Supply building at 739 South Clinton Ave. [PHOTO: Google]
By Mike Governale

While Buckingham Properties is hard at work breathing new life into Rochester’s old Ward Plumbing Supply building at 739 South Clinton Avenue external link a group of RIT architecture students is simultaneously using the project to test their own chops. The wild concepts the students came up with are fun to compare with the actual project…

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 4 Comments »

Filling In: Charlotte Street

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Charlotte Street, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: Google]
By Matthew Denker

It’s kind of amazing we haven’t looked at Charlotte Street external link already, but better late than never. Also, the RFP from the city is out, so there’s that. You can read the details here external link. Let’s just say the city is much more open minded about this proposal than the one for Midtown Parcel 5.

This proposal, in case you’re curious, is due December 5th. It’s going to be a busy few weeks for you if you’re trying to submit for this and Site 5

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014
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Filling In: Midtown… Parcel 5

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Let's take a look the City's RFP for Midtown Parcel 5...
By Matthew Denker

As some of you may or may not know, the city recently released a Request For Proposals (RFP) external link for the redevelopment of another piece of the Midtown site. Parcel 5 external link, the site in question, is the very long block from Main St to Elm St and between the Windstream building to the west and 1 East Avenue (Bank of America) to the east. Let’s go back to our trusty Midtown site plan for a visual…

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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Posted in Urban Development | 21 Comments »

Rochester’s First Parklet

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Next spring construction will begin on Rochester's first parklet in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. [IMAGE: Staach]
By Mike Governale

Next spring construction will begin on Rochester’s first parklet—a mini public space—in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters external link. Parklets are a relatively new urban feature you may have seen popping up in metros across the country. These makeshift public spaces typically extend out from the sidewalk into adjacent parking spaces offering people a place to stop, to sit, and to rest while taking in the activities of the street…

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 18 Comments »

Sneak Peek Inside the Future ‘Woodbury Place’

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Merkel Donahue building, Oct 2014. Development Update on 210 South Avenue, Rochester NY. [PHOTO: Steve Vogt]
By Steve Vogt

RocSubway is excited to share with you some exclusive pictures of an exciting downtown development. 210 South Avenue external link is currently being transformed into future commercial and residential space in the heart of downtown Rochester. The building currently known as the Merkel Donohue building—and its connected buildings—will be transformed into a mix of commercial & residential space and will go by the name of Woodbury Place…

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 11 Comments »

Transit Authority May Rename Mortimer Street “RTS Way”

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

RTS wants to change the name of Mortimer Street to RTS Way.
By Mike Governale

Next month Rochester’s transportation authority, Regional Transit Service (RTS) will open a new $50 million transit center at Mortimer Street in downtown Rochester. According to a D&C story external link RTS has requested that the City change the name of Mortimer Street to “RTS Way.” Mortimer Street external link has quietly existed between N. Clinton Ave and Saint Paul Street since Rochesterville was incorporated in 1817.

I’ve spent the last five years of my life advocating for Rochester’s public transit system and building a good working relationship with folks at RTS. That’s why I know they will take what I’m about to say as constructive criticism, and nothing more. Here it goes:

Renaming Mortimer Street after yourself is a bad idea. Don’t do it!! Now, let me explain…

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester History, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 34 Comments »

Rochester Museum and Science Center Expansion

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is planning an expansion to link the main museum building on East Avenue with the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door.
By Mike Governale

Rochester Museum and Science Center external link is planning an expansion to link the main museum building on East Avenue with the Strasenburgh Planetarium next door. The $7 million project will be paid for with the help of private donations and a variety of grants.

Now, most people seem to agree the link between the two buildings is greatly needed. However, since renderings were released last spring, the design aesthetic has been a hotly debated topic…

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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