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New Midtown Tower Renderings

Friday, April 18th, 2014

New rendering of Midtown Tower, Rochester NY. [IMAGE PROVIDED BY: Buckingham Properties]
Last month we saw some pretty glitzy renderings external link 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…

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Friday, April 18th, 2014
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 9 Comments »

Stadiumville

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Stadiumville concept for Rochester: by Jerry DeCarolis
The Rochesterian has blogged several times about the need to create a link external link between Frontier Field and Sahlen’s Stadium… and how Rochester needs someone like Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula to invest in a Harbor Center external link type of development centered around Rochester’s sports arenas. I don’t disagree. Rochester’s stadiums (and the neighborhoods around them) could, and should be a much bigger draw.

Last April a local businessman named Jerry DeCarolis sent me a concept plan he put together called “Stadiumville.” I was impressed. But this plan was so ambitious, and so broad-sweeping, I wasn’t quite sure how seriously to take it. And so I ended up sitting on the document – until now…

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
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Broad St. Underground: ANOTHER Proposal for the Abandoned Subway!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Lewis Childs, co-founder of Broad Street Underground, explains how Rochester's abandoned subway tunnel could be converted into commercial and retail space. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
Rochester’s old subway tunnel hasn’t seen a passenger car come through here in nearly sixty years. But lately, redevelopment ideas are arriving with unbelievable frequency. A few weeks ago we were talking about the ROC Low Line; an underground park designed by a team of RIT students. This week, another local group has come forward with a different plan. And these guys want to take theirs beyond just an academic study. Stand clear of the yellow line folks – here comes the “Broad Street Underground” concept…

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Monday, September 23rd, 2013
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Posted in Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester News, Rochester Subway, Rochester Subway Stories, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development, Video | 43 Comments »

ROC Low Line: A (new) Proposal for Rochester’s Abandoned Subway

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Nine RIT students collaborated to design a subterranean urban park inside the old Rochester subway called the ROC Low Line. [RENDERING: RocLowLine.com]
Over the years there have been many proposals for the reuse of Rochester’s abandoned subway tunnel. Some would like to see the tunnel preserved and turned into a living museum external link open to the public. Others would like to turn back the hands of time even further, converting the tunnel back into a water canal external link – as it was part of the Erie Canal pre-1920s.

Even today as the City continues to take steps towards the latter option, new ideas continue to surface. The most recent concept comes from RIT’s architectural program, and a very interesting student project being called the ROC Low Line…

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Monday, August 12th, 2013
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Give Me CityGate

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Plan view of proposed CityGate project. [IMAGE: AJ Costello & Son]
No, seriously – give CityGate to ME, because I want to redesign it. The current plan is not worthy of the name. I may be the only person in western NY who didn’t crap themselves when they learned Costco was coming external link to town. I mean, Costco? Really? We need another one of these discount warehouses? Ok fine, I’ll let you have your Costco. No complaints from me. On one condition: Re-do this idiotic site plan! Look at this…

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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Development | 51 Comments »

On The Fence Between 933 University Avenue & Eastman House

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Initial proposed design for apartment complex at 933 University Ave.
Okay, so I’m on the fence – sort of. Remember this proposed apartment complex at 933 University Avenue? After the Eastman House and other neighbors complained about the design, Morgan Management went back to the drawing board (or Photoshop or whatever) and they came back with this…

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Monday, April 15th, 2013
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Judgement Day for an Old Church, and an Unbuilt “College Town”

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Judgement Day for an Old Church and a Unbuilt 'College Town'
Two important cases will go before the Zoning Board this Thursday: the ongoing saga of one historic church on Main Street, and design concerns regarding the future College Town. Salvation for the church, as well as the promise of a pedestrian-friendly College Town, may hang in the balance.

First, if you’ve been following the story of the little white church at 660 W. Main Street, owner Marvin Maye will make one more appeal to challenge the building’s status as a Designated Building of Historic Value. If he succeeds, he could have a clear path forward to demolish the 140-something-year-old church.* And in its place would go a Dollar General store…

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Sunday, March 17th, 2013
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Posted in Opinion, Rochester News, Urban Development | 30 Comments »

What the Hell is a PILOT and Why Does I-Square Need One to Take Off?

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Mike and Wendy Nolan attempt to explain the need for a 25 year PILOT tax program for their I-Square project.
The I-Square project which was widely celebrated when it was announced last year has gotten tangled up in “negotiations” over local tax deals. Mike & Wendy Nolan want to invest $13 million to build a 7-building project including a new street, sidewalks and outdoor stage / “town square” area. They say they need a 25 PILOT agreement in order to be able to afford to build and maintain the project they’ve proposed. The Town of Irondequoit have offered a 10 year PILOT. Both sides seem to have dug in their heals. Today the Nolan’s posted a video on YouTube to explain (in detail) their 25 Year PILOT proposal “so that any questions can be answered and any misconceptions cleared up.” Watch the video…

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Sunday, October 21st, 2012
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Signs of Progress in Irondequoit?

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

A perspective drawing of proposed 'Irondequoit Square' at Titus and Cooper.
I dropped by the Irondequoit Planning Board meeting Monday night because there were two very interesting matters on the agenda. One of those was Irondequoit Square (or I-Square) which we covered here last August. The other involved an all-but-forgotten friend, Chase-Pitkin…

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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Irondequoit Square

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

This Titus Avenue and Cooper Road in Irondequoit. Mike Nolan wants to redevelop these two square blocks just east of the House of Guitars.
Irondequoit is a pretty cool little town; surrounded by water on three sides and the City of Rochester to its south. Home of the HOG (House of Guitarsexternal link), Sea Breeze Amusement, and Parkside Diner & Whispering Pinesexternal link (officially the oldest miniature golf course in the USA). Of course there are also a few clouds that hang over this small-ish town of 52,000 soles – namely Medley Centerexternal link and a pretty tired looking retail corridor in East Ridge Road. But put all that aside for a moment. Here comes a smaller project that could have a much bigger impact per square foot… Irondequoit Square. Click the image below for a larger view of the plan…

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Sunday, August 7th, 2011
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