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Filling In: 37 Eagle Street Part 4

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

37 Eagle Street Final Rendering
By Matthew Denker

When we last spoke, it was Halloween, and we were on the eve of our first zoning board of appeals and preservation board hearings. It’s now March and we’ve been to two hearings for each board, and spoiler alert, we’ve received approval(s) from each. Yay! But now that we’re here, let’s take a look at the process and all the fun we had…

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
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Filling In: Zoning Part 5, What Next?

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Charlotte Street to be
By Matthew Denker

And now for the final chapter of our little zoning adventure. This is the part where you, the gentle reader, are given the opportunity to read a final few hundred words about the kinds of zoning changes that would really make a difference in Rochester. If that sounds terrible (it might be), don’t click on.

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Sunday, February 28th, 2016
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Filling In: Zoning Part 4, All the Other Zones

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Downtown Rochester
By Matthew Denker

Well, it had to come to this – a whirlwind article about everything else in Rochester. We’re going to run the gamut from Industrial, to all the Center City District (CCD) zones to Open Space, and everything inbetween. Buckle Up…

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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Filling In: 37 Eagle Street Part 3

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

This is to inform you that a public hearing has been scheduled for [37 Eagle Street]
By Matthew Denker

Consider this a lightweight palette cleanser in the middle of the five course, multi-month feast that is the zoning series. Even so, it’s deeply related to zoning, so you’re not getting off that easy. Read on if you dare (Halloween pun intended!).

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015
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Filling In: Zoning Part 3, Commercial

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Flatiron Building - The highest of the highs in C-1. [IMAGE: Mike (M J M), Flickr.com]
By Matthew Denker

Goodbye houses, hello something more! Having already discussed the city’s 3 residential zones, it’s time to talk about its 3 mixed-use zones. In one of the many progressive moves in the 2003 re-zoning, Rochester moved away from pure commercial use zones by adding mixed use and residential uses to the (formerly) commercial zones. The narrative descriptions changed, but the letter designations did not. Anyway, ditch the bowtie, grab a monocle and let’s go…

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Filling In: Zoning Part 2, Residential

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

34 Atkinson Street - An utterly illegal house to build today. [IMAGE: Google]
By Matthew Denker

Hope your heart is still racing from our introduction to Zoning last week, because this week we’re talking about residential zoning in Rochester!

Contrary to common knowledge, residential zoning isn’t exclusively for residences (nor is commercial zoning exclusively for commercial – it’s a good place to build apartments, in fact). That said, Rochester has 3 specific residential zones that we’re discussing here. Grab your bow tie and let’s go…

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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Filling In: Zoning Part 1, Introduction

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Current Rochester Zoning Map [IMAGE: City of Rochester]
By Matthew Denker

Well readers, this is it. The series of articles you’ve been waiting for your entire life without even knowing it. That’s right, we’re going to talk about zoning, and more specifically, zoning in Rochester. I’ve been known to refer to zoning as the last bastion for the wicked, and over the next few weeks, I look forward to pleading my case.

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015
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Filling In: Aldi Revisted

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Aldi Sign [Image: Matzo Electric Signs]
By Matthew Denker

Welcome back, readers – it’s been a while! But now that summer is drawing to a close, and we’re starting to stock up for the long winter ahead (wouldn’t want to be THIS guy external link), it’s time to start Filling In again. For our first discussion, let’s revisit Aldi. When we last wrote about it, Mike was advocating for getting good design, and I was putting forward a couple ideas about how the store might improve its relationship with the neighborhood . “Fine,” you say, “where is this going?” Well I’m glad you asked.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
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Filling In: Wegmans Plaza

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Wegmans under construction from overhead
By Matthew Denker

It has come to my attention that there are some pretty stalwart fans external link of Tops Friendly Markets out there! That means this is the Filling In for you (as opposed to this one).

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
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Filling In: Aldi

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Winton Village Aldi Rendering
By Matthew Denker

Welcome back, readers. As you know, we’ve previously discussed things to do with Tops should Aldi be built at Winton Road and Blossom Road. There’s also been a discussion about how the construction of Aldi went in Irondequoit. Today, I’d like to take a look at a few reasonably simple changes that would completely change the tenor of the proposed development…

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Monday, March 16th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Rochester News, Urban Development | 23 Comments »

Filling In: Philosophy

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

[Detail of Genesee Crossroads Planning Map [PHOTO: Monroe County Image Library]
By Matthew Denker

I’ve been writing Filling in Columns for over 2 years now (starting with this one on Exchange Street), and I’ve realized that it’s high time to have a discussion about my vision for the column, what I write, and why I write it…

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
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Filling In: Main St. Bus Shelters

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A local collective of artists/illustrators known as Hope Mountain is Kickstarting to produce a new book and put some artwork on Main Street. [Image: Peter Lazarski]
By Matthew Denker

A local collective of artists/illustrators known as Hope Mountain external link have been publishing art books in Rochester for the past 4 years. Now they’re in the middle of Kickstarting external link this year’s Volume 5 and they’re asking for our help…

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Monday, March 2nd, 2015
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Filling In: Tops Plaza

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Tops Plaza on Winton Rd south of Blossom [PHOTO: Google Streetview]
By Matthew Denker

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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Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Posted in Rochester News, Urban Development | 21 Comments »

Filling In: Banks

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Rochester Savings Bank [PHOTO: Rochester Public Library]
By Matthew Denker

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…

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Monday, February 16th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Opinion, Rochester Homes for Sale, Rochester Images, Urban Development | 10 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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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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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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