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Speak out for a larger vision... Rochester's Historic Brewery Square
Speak out for a larger vision... Rochester's Historic Brewery Square
March 26, 2012

Earlier this month Rochester's Preservation Board voted unanimously to sponsor the nomination of 13 Cataract Street for Landmark status. A public hearing is scheduled for April 4 at 8pm in City Council's Chambers.

Meanwhile, North American Breweries CEO, Rich Lozyniak, said those who wish to save 13 Cataract are "a very small group of people standing in the way of progress."

What the Brewery hasn't told the public is that their visitor center project has already been approved by the City and can move forward. So why are they dead set against working with a developer to allow 13 Cataract to be restored and reused? The Brewery has pointed the finger at drug dealers, prostitutes, a "preservationist" conspiracy, the City of Rochester itself, and even those who have made purchase offers for the building. At one point they said they needed additional parking... Now they say they don't. It's hard to know what to believe. But I know one thing, this latest plan for an expanded parking lot is not "progress".

A redeveloped 13 Cataract together with the Genesee Brewery's visitor center could become the anchors for "Rochester's Brewery Square." But the CEO's refusal to work with the community and potential developers means Rochester is destined to miss this opportunity.

Rochester has seen many buildings which were said to be "beyond repair" transformed into economic catalysts for their neighborhoods. Just look at the Flatiron Building or the Gorsline Building. I believe 13 Cataract is not just another "old building". And the people of Rochester are only beginning to see its potential.

It's time for Rochester's creative people stand together and demonstrate that we are not small and we know what real progress looks like...

Please join me. Tell the Brewery and City Hall
you support a larger vision - "Rochester's Brewery Square."

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Thank you!

Attend the Public Hearing...
If you would like to save this historic building from demolition, the Preservation Board and Planning Commission will need to hear from you. Please attend, and sign up to speak at, the upcoming public meeting:

Wednesday, April 4
City Hall, 30 Church Street
City Council Chambers, Room 302A

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"It was a stroke of genius for Genesee Brewing to link the demolition of 13 Cataract St. to the visitor center and brew pub."

-Rachel Barnhart, WHAM 13

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Dear Preservation Board: 10 Reasons Why 13 Cataract Should Stay

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