Durand Eastman Park has long been a popular recreational destination for Rochesterians. Last year while digging into the legend of the Lady in White I came across some old photos of the park’s construction, as well as some interesting old structures. The stone foundation of the old refectory is still there (often mistaken for a fort or castle ruins). But there was another interesting feature of the park which has long vanished. The bath house…
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Tags: bath house, Bud Martin, Durand Beach, Durand Eastman Beach, Durand Eastman Park, Durand Lake, Frank Warren, Lake Ontario, Rochester, Rochester NY, Roy Ackerman
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 5 Comments »
Within the last year I have written a great deal about cities and the historic buildings they should be obligated to see maintained. Many cities cannot, will not, or do not want to penalize or fine the industrial and commercial property owners who fail to maintain the buildings within their care. Often what happens is that these neglected buildings are then demolished because they are supposedly beyond repair or structurally unsound.
It should be noted that buildings are rarely too far gone, even when roofs are missing and the “elements” have begun to reek havoc, and that often these very buildings are “structurally sound.”
Tags: Bethlehem Steel, Brennan Motor Complex, Cataract Brewery, historic preservation, Howard Decker, Iola Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Joel Helfrich, Lackawanna, Otisca Brewery, Rochester, Rochester landmark, Syracuse, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Posted in Opinion, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Urban Development | 15 Comments »
“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…
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
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester News, Urban Development | 30 Comments »
The area around University of Rochester—both east and west of the river—has seen an explosion of new construction. RocSubway contributor Jimmy Combs ventured out this weekend to get a snapshot of the progress of three of these developments; College Town, The Flats at Brooks Crossing, and the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. All are due to open by 2015…
Tags: Brooks Avenue, Brooks Landing, College Town, Collegetown, construction, Elmwood Avenue, Genesee Street, Golisano Children's Hospital, Jimmy Combs, Mount Hope, Mount Hope Cemetery, rochester photos, The Flats at Brooks Crossing, University of Rochester, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), urban development
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Urban Development | 3 Comments »
You’ve read about it. You’ve heard plenty of commentary about it. And if you’re like me, you still have plenty of questions about the Port of Rochester development. This past weekend Greg Weykamp, owner of Edgewater Resources, LLC spent an hour with me on site to answer my questions on everything from the design of the marina & proposed development, accessibility, marketability, and parking/traffic concerns.
In this six-part video series, Weykamp addresses many of the concerns expressed by Charlotte neighbors over the past few months. No doubt there will still be more questions as the project enters the design phase. But his willingness to spend time with me (and my two kids who are dancing around in the background) showed me that this may not be the monster some people have made him out to be . But you can watch for yourself, and please let me know what you think…
Tags: Charlotte, develo, development plans, Edgewater Resources LLC, Greg Weykamp, Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester, Rochester, urban development, video
Posted in Interviews, Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 90 Comments »
Welcome back to our three part series on Charlotte. We’ve arrived at part three. This is it, the omega. If you recall, all the way back in part one, we said this part would be broken up into three sections:
1. Residential and Commercial Development;
2. Transportation; and
So without further adieu, let’s jump right in. Ok, one quick disclaimer, Charlotte as a whole is pretty big, too big for one little three part column. With that in mind, I’m cutting off Charlotte at Denise Road, similar to the other parts. Maybe someday I can write an addendum addressing the southern portion of the neighborhood. But enough of that – Onward!
Tags: Charlotte, development, Filling In Charlotte, Matthew Denker, Port of Rochester/Charlotte, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban development
Posted in Opinion, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester News, Urban Development | 43 Comments »
Dear readers, we interrupt our three part Charlotte series to give you a small morsel of something different before the grand finale. Consider this a palette cleanser, an intermezzo, if you will.
I looked up tired in the dictionary, and found this picture of 34 King Street in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood. Seeing as the Carriage Factory lofts are being built immediately behind, I think it’s time for a major upgrade here. Allow me to present the all-new 34 King Street…
Tags: 34 King Street, City of Rochester, Filling In, Matthew Denker, real-estate, Rochester, Rochester home for sale, Rochester house for sale, Rochester NY, Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester Homes for Sale, Rochester News, Urban Development | 3 Comments »
In part one of our three part Charlotte bonanza, we looked briefly at the history of Charlotte, from its formation in 1792, through its resort years and annexation in the early 20th century. In part two, we’ll look at Charlotte as it is today. Let’s start with the lay of the land. Shown above is the official definition of the city’s neighborhoods. As you know, Charlotte is the one at the top. Zooming in (and switching to Google maps) here’s what we see…
Tags: Charlotte, Filling In, Filling In Charlotte, Matthew Denker, Port of Rochester/Charlotte, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Urban Development | 5 Comments »
Urban greengrocers are making a comeback across the country – and in Rochester too! Late last year RocSubway was the first to tell you about a new, locally-owned grocer opening in downtown Rochester. Construction is now underway at Hart’s Local Grocers, a new independent grocery store in the East End. Founder, Glenn Kellogg announced today that Hart’s will open its doors this summer.
Tags: 10 Winthrop Street, downtown Rochester, Glenn Kellogg, grocery store, Hart's Local Grocers, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban, Winthrop Street
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 2 Comments »
Welcome, readers, to the first of a three part series on Charlotte. This first part will serve as an introduction to the series and a brief history of Charlotte. The second part will be a survey, in the engineering sense, of the current state of Charlotte. It will include the demographics of the neighborhood and the built environment, as they exist today. Finally, the third part will layout a vision for Charlotte that works to harness all of the potential of the neighborhood. This final part will be broken into recommendations for residential and commercial development, transportation, and governance.
The plans described here will be ambitious, but we shouldn’t let ourselves shy away from ambition – as you may know, Charlotte has recently been in the news over some redevelopment plans. While Filling-In believes both plans have virtues, they both have numerous weaknesses as well. Because we are unassociated with any of the plans currently in play, and will believe they are built when we see it, the plans presented here will assume they did not happen, and instead will show a different vision of Charlotte’s future.
But now, we present a brief history of Charlotte.
Tags: Beach Avenue, Charlotte, Charlotte Beach, Filling In, Filling In Charlotte, Lake Avenue, Matthew Denker, old photos, old photos of Rochester NY, Ontario Beach, Ontario Beach Park, Port of Rochester/Charlotte, Rochester, Rochester history, Rochester NY
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Urban Development | 28 Comments »
Last month we saw some pretty glitzy renderings of the Midtown Tower development with new retail stores included. Today the developer, Buckingham Properties, sent over some new renderings that show a more refined “skin” for the 17-story tower…
Tags: Buckingham Properties, CJS Architects, development, development plans, downtown Rochester, Ken Glazer, Midtown, Midtown Plaza, Midtown Tower, Phillip Michael Brown Studios, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban development
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 14 Comments »
Ok, so by now you’ve heard all the commotion happening up near the port at Charlotte. The City of Rochester has two development proposals – one with 200 rental apartments, and one with 120 for-sale condos and 50 townhomes. Both would have retail and other mixed use space. But the BIG difference, one looks like Cornhill Landing, while the other would have—deep breath—tall buildings…
Tags: brownfield development, Charlotte, Charlotte Beach, City of Rochester, development plans, Edgewater Resources, Lighthouse Landing, Matthew Denker, Morgan Development, Ontario Beach, Port of Rochester/Charlotte, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban development, Waterfront Rochester
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Urban Development | 68 Comments »
Well, it’s time to celebrate. Rochester has just won the 2014 Streetsblog USA Parking Madness tournament . To outsiders, Rochester is a Cinderella story (who in the world would have picked us to beat out Detroit in the second round?). But anyone who reads this blog is probably not surprised. We’ve been fighting the parking madness mindset on these pages for years. It’s just that now, the national blogosphere knows about Rochester’s dirty little parking problems. Our asphalt is hanging out there for the world to see.
How embarrassing. Right? Some people have asked, “Why would we want to win such a negative contest? Doesn’t this paint Rochester in a bad light?” Now the man who nominated Rochester, Matthew Denker, explains why he did…
Tags: downtown Rochester, Matthew Denker, parking, parking lots, parking madness, Rochester, Rochester NY, Streetsblog, urban planning
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 15 Comments »
It’s March madness, PARKING madness, or just plain MADNESS indeed. We’ve discussed Rochester’s parking problem at length here on RocSubway. Now, all of our hard work— demolishing our city and building parking lots—is paying off. Rochester has worked its way into Streetsblog’s nationwide Parking Madness tournament . Which of these 16 cities has the absolute worst urban parking crater? Readers from around the country will decide.
Last week we annihilated Miami to earn a spot in the “elite eight.” In this latest round Rochester closed a sizable gap against Detroit, and it now looks like we may beat the Motor City. But there are still a few hours left, so vote now . And tell your buddies… We’re #1!
Tags: Detroit, Detroit MI, parking, parking madness, Rochester, Rochester NY, Streetsblog
Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 2 Comments »
Fellow Rochesterians, lend me your ears. I recently visited the reasonably pleasant city of Portland, OR. While I was there, I couldn’t help but notice a rather cleverly decorated, midcentury modern building. It was this one, actually…
Tags: 79 North Clinton Avenue, downtown, downtown Rochester, Filling In, Matthew Denker, North Clinton Avenue, Portland, Rochester, Rochester NY
Posted in Opinion, Reader Submitted Stories, Urban Development | 25 Comments »
A similar petition was submitted in November 2013 to invalidate an identical code change passed in October 2013. In response to the first petition, the Board of Trustees rescinded the code change in December 2013. The Board then passed the code change again on February 17th, 2014…
Tags: chain restaurant, city planning, drive-through, drive-thru, Dunkin Donuts, Honeoye Falls, zoning, zoning code
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | No Comments »
On Monday we had some fun climbing to the top of Midtown Tower. Today we can have some more fun with Midtown. The City of Rochester is asking the public to name the new street and plaza being built at the Midtown site…
Tags: Buckingham Properties, Christa Development, City of Rochester, development, downtown Rochester, Elm Street, Midtown open space, Midtown Plaza, Midtown public space, Midtown Rising, Midtown Tower, pedestrian mall, Rochester, Rochester NY, Windstream
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 16 Comments »
The latest Midtown renderings from Buckingham Properties are a promising sign of things to come. Still, it’s difficult to ignore this 18-story skeleton which has been looming over Rochester’s streets since 2011. When most people look up at this hulking mass of steel and concrete they see a blemish on the Rochester skyline. But for one urban explorer, this is a photo op.
The same anonymous photographer who took us inside Terrence Tower and the Sykes Datatronics building, climbed to the tippy top of midtown last week. He submitted this collection of photos and the following narrative…
Tags: abandoned, abandoned places, aerial photography, Buckingham Properties, construction, downtown, downtown Rochester, Midtown, Midtown Plaza, Midtown Tower, photo, photography, Rochester, Rochester NY, rochester photos, skyscraper, urban development, urban exploration
Posted in Art + Culture, Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester Images, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 7 Comments »
Check out this great photo of the Powers Building from 1968. Notice the workmen up on the ledge of the Mansard roof. Down at street level a shiny new, streamlined façade as been awkwardly forced on top of this 1869 building…
Tags: Crossroads Building, downtown Rochester, Elwood Building, First National Bank, Four Corners, Main Street, Main Street Four Corners, Monroe County Savings Bank, old photos, old photos of Rochester, old photos of Rochester NY, Powers Building, Powers Hotel, Rochester, Rochester NY, State Street
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 8 Comments »