Some of you may know that there is a shiny, new-ish, giant Wegmans in Rochester. It’s over at East and Winton. Savvier readers may know about another grocery store nary a block away (but clearly on the wrong side of the tracks!). That’s right, there’s also a Tops. In addition, it has come to my attention that there are plans for an Aldi across the street on the site containing the old Roly-door building and Jim’s. For a city with few urban grocery stores, there’s food for everyone over here…
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Tags: Aldi's, Filling In, Harris RF Communications, Matt Denker, Rochester, Rochester NY, Top's Friendly Market, Top's Plaza, Wegman's
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 20 Comments »
Today I’d like to take a slight departure from our normal Filling In fare. No, I don’t propose to fill in all the banks in Rochester, although that’s not such a bad idea, now that I think about it. What I’d like to talk about is banks and buying stuff. Well, not just any stuff, specifically real estate…
Tags: banks, Filling In, financing, Flour City National Bank, loans, National Bank of Rochester, real-estate, Rochester City Bank, Rochester Savings and Trust Company, Rochester Savings Bank
Posted in Architecture, Opinion, Rochester Homes for Sale, Rochester Images, Urban Development | 10 Comments »
This week’s Fun Foto Friday is a snapshot from 1893. That’s Nick Brayer, an engineering contractor working on a new sewer beneath Front Street in downtown Rochester. In his hands is a tin box. It’s not a sewer pipe. It’s actually a time capsule and he’s preparing to lay it at the project site to be buried. Looks like quite the event; a crowd of neighborhood kids have formed behind him to get in on the photo op.
Fast forward to 2015 and the burning question for readers of this blog will undoubtedly be: Where is this capsule now? And what’s inside…
Tags: Front Street, Fun Foto Friday, Nick Brayer, Rochester, Rochester NY, sewer, time capsule
Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 7 Comments »
Tucked away in a remote corner 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…
Tags: 1 Capron, Bevier Building, Capron Street, demolition, Geva Theater, Geva Theatre, Patrick Dutton, St. Mary's Place, The Lofts at Capron, Washington Square
Posted in Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 25 Comments »
You may have heard FSI Development of Rochester has purchased the empty lot at 186 Atlantic Ave (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 of Honeoye Falls. Damn, why didn’t we think of this…
Tags: 186 Atlantic Avenue, Al Pardi, Anderson Avenue, Atlantic Avenue, City of Rochester, development, development plans, Evan Lowenstein, FSI Development, Gleason Lot, Honeoye Falls, Jenna Lettenberger, Mitch Rowe, Neighborhood of the Arts, Norwood Street, NotA, Pardi Partnership Architects, Pomodoro, Revelry, Saha, Three Heads Brewery, University Avenue, urban development
Posted in Architecture, Rochester News, Urban Development | 12 Comments »
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 , this one’s a doozy…
Tags: Benvenuto Brothers, Benvenuto Wrecking Company, corbel, demolition, John Tachin, Lake Avenue, lintel, lion head, local history, mystery, Rochester history, stone lion, urban renewal
Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 23 Comments »
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 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…
Tags: architecture, Corn Hill, custom home, Eagle Street, Filling In, Matthew Denker, real-estate, Rochester, Rochester NY, SWBR Architects, urban development
Posted in Architecture, Urban Development | 17 Comments »
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…
Tags: Alex and Ani, Ambiance, Arhaus, Benrus, Culver Road, Culver Road Armory, Eastview Mall, Fleet Feet, Pittsford, retail, Rochester, Rochester NY, shopping, University Avenue, Victor
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester Gifts, Rochester News, Urban Development | 3 Comments »
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…
Tags: Caitlin Zielinski, Clarke Conde, County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA), Fahsye, fashion, grocery store, Hart's Local Grocers, Mise en Place, photo, photography, Rochester, Rochester fashion, Rochester NY, Rust Belt chic, Tierney DeCaire, Transit Apparel, urban development, urban living, Wear to Where
Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester Images, Urban Development | No Comments »
The transformation at the Carriage Factory building has been nothing short of amazing. Located at 33 Litchfield Street in the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, the former factory building that was close to the landfill has been reborn as seventy-one affordable and special needs apartments. The rehabilitation of the building was a long time coming and was not without its challenges and delays…
Tags: adaptive reuse, architecture, Blanchard Dean, Carriage Factory, Christa Development, Cunningham car, Cunningham Carriage Company, Cunningham Carriage Factory, DePaul Properties, historic preservation, James Cunningham, James Karr, Preservation Studios, Rochester, Rochester apartments, Rochester NY, SWBR Architects, urban development
Posted in Reader Submitted Stories, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Urban Development | 6 Comments »
Google Maps updated their view of Rochester this week. Notice anything different? Let’s zoom in on that visual a bit…
Tags: downtown Rochester, Google, Google Maps, I-490, Inner Horseshoe, Inner Loop, Inner Loop East Reconstruction Project, maps, Rochester, Rochester NY
Posted in Opinion, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 21 Comments »
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…
Tags: 179 Atlantic Avenue, ARTwalk, Artwalk Tile, development, Neighborhood of the Arts, NotA, urban development
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 13 Comments »
As you know, the City of Rochester is requesting development proposals for the empty lots along Charlotte Street. I am sending you a plan that I worked on with a couple of designers. Unfortunately, we have not been able to connect with any interested developers, and proposals were due December 5th.
The following design is by Pebble-stream; we wanted to share it with our friends who believe in the future of this community…
Tags: Charlotte Street, James Reynolds, Mary Scipioni, Pebble-stream, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban design, urban development, urban revitalization
Posted in Opinion, Reader Submitted Stories, Urban Development | 6 Comments »
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.
Tags: Bausch & Lomb tower, Legacy Tower, Matthew Denker, Rochester, Rochester NY, Rochester skyline, skyline, skyscraper, tower, Xerox Tower
Posted in Opinion, Urban Development | 59 Comments »
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 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…
Tags: Corn Hill, Eagle Street, Filling In, Matthew Denker, real-estate, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban development
Posted in Urban Development | 21 Comments »
It’s kind of amazing we haven’t looked at Charlotte Street already, but better late than never. Also, the RFP from the city is out, so there’s that. You can read the details here . 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…
Tags: 2 Vine, 40 Mercer, Charlotte Square, Charlotte Street, Christa Development, development, Filling In, Haags Alley, Hart's Local Grocers, Inner Loop, Jean Nouvel, Little Bakery, Pitkin Street, Rochester, Rochester NY
Posted in Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 30 Comments »
As some of you may or may not know, the city recently released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the redevelopment of another piece of the Midtown site. Parcel 5 , 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…
Tags: architecture, City of Rochester, downtown Rochester, Filling In, Main Street, Matthew Denker, Midtown Plaza, Midtown Rising, New York City, Rochester, Rochester NY, urban development, urban renewal, urban revitalization
Posted in Urban Development | 21 Comments »
Next spring construction will begin on Rochester’s first parklet—a mini public space—in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters . 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…
Tags: Anton Siekmann, Brandon Colaprete, City of Rochester, Erik Frisch, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, Kathy Turiano, Madelaine Britt, Mary Turner, Nancy Johns-Price, Nicole Howley, parking, parklet, Rochester, Rochester NY, Seth Eshelman, Staach, tactical urbanism, University Avenue, urban planning
Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester News, Urban Development | 18 Comments »
By Steve Vogt
RocSubway is excited to share with you some exclusive pictures of an exciting downtown development. 210 South Avenue 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…
Tags: 1 Capron, adaptive reuse, Capron Street, construction, development, Dutton & Company, Eduard Nakhamkin, Erie Canal, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fashion Week, Geva Theater, Geva Theatre, Horizon Solutions, Merkel Donohue, multi-use construction, Patrick Dutton, Rochester, Rochester NY, S.B. Roby Co., Sidney B. Roby, South Avenue, Steve Vogt, The Lofts at Capron, urban development, urban revitalization, Woodbury Place
Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 11 Comments »