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…
It all started about 120 years ago as a warehouse for the S.B. Roby Co. Sidney B. Roby was one of the finest carriage suppliers in the nation. His burgeoning company wanted a new storage facility located on the Erie canal (the Erie canal used to run where South Ave is located now, until it was moved South in 1918.) The business changed a great deal over the next eight decades becoming a supply house for sporting goods, firearms, and automotive parts before finally being absorbed by a company named Horizon Solutions. Horizon Solutions still operates today as Rochester’s leading industrial supplier of tools and abrasive products.
Today, after the building has seen a wide array of uses, it will now become residences, offices, and hopefully retail for the growing number of people calling the neighborhood home.
The first floor of the the buildings are prepped and ready for commercial or office tenants. The owners hope to fill the space with a coffee shop, restaurants, or that next start up company seeking an urban chic office space. There is a built in market, with thousands of hungry employees working across the street at Excellus, nightly attendees at Geva Theatre , and the residents of 1 Capron located right next door.
Part of the first floor has saw-tooth skylights, a popular way to light buildings before light bulbs became the norm.
View of 1 Capron from the first floor.
These pictures were taken as Fashion Week of Rochester was about to begin.
Property owner Eduard Nakhamkin and developer Patrick Dutton (Dutton & Company) and Luke Dutton (Dutton Properties) announced that they have partnered with Geva and are developing part of Woodbury Place to house the theater’s artists and actors, which is expected to be ready in early 2015. Geva Theatre has leased 12 of the one bedroom apartments. The other apartments, consisting of one and two bedroom apartments, will rent at very affordable rates. So affordable that the building already has many of the apartments rented, but there are a few remaining.
Apartments under construction.
We hope to get back in once the construction is complete!
For rental information, contact:
Developer / Broker
p) (585) 704-1546
e) [email protected]
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
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Very nice! Any idea when the Merkel Donohue sign is coming off the third floor to re-expose the windows?