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Please Help Save Hunt's Hardware

Started by David Culeton. Last reply by David Culeton May 24, 2015. 2 Replies

All,Many of you are probably aware that I am attempting to save Hunt's Hardware through its purchase, renovation, restocking, and re-energizing. I am doing this by asking for contributions of $100 in…Continue

Critic Restaurant

Started by Bonny Mayer. Last reply by Bonny Mayer Jun 3, 2013. 2 Replies

D&C had a bit about the Bull's Head Critic Restaurant being torn down because someone did not realize the supporting wall belonged to a building that was on the destroy list.  What is the real…Continue

Neighborhood history

Started by Joan Roby-Davison Jun 3, 2013. 0 Replies

I'm not sure where this goes (Neighborhood & Business?  Merchants?), so I thought I'd put it here:Democrat & Chronicle article on 430 Thurston Road, formerly a food store and now Headquarters…Continue

Restoring the Grandeur of Yore at Woodside

Started by Mark Sweetland. Last reply by Marian Boutet Apr 2, 2013. 2 Replies

"Amy and Robert Tait might not have fully realized what they were taking on when they decided to buy Woodside, the former headquarters of the Rochester Historical Society. " Read this Rochester…Continue

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Comment by Marian Boutet on April 3, 2019 at 3:15pm
Comment by Marian Boutet on April 29, 2018 at 5:34pm

The Coalition for Cobb's Hill Park wishes to maintain Cobb's Hill Village, which provides housing for Rochester seniors with very low incomes ($ 12,600 to $20,500) until the deed on the land expires in 2041. At that time, the land and its buildings revert to the city.

Here are some comments from the current residents.

Comment by Mark Sweetland on April 29, 2018 at 2:53am

I believe these housing units must be modernized for them to be available for people 20 years from now.  And more are necessary.  The plan has been modified from the original and seems acceptable.  

Comment by John Boutet on January 11, 2015 at 6:04pm

As our zoning boards continue to allow our historical city buildings to be torn down to convert the character of our main streets into mirrors of our suburbs, here is a presentation worth watching: The ghastly tragedy of the suburbs

Comment by John Boutet on October 31, 2014 at 5:03pm
Comment by Marian Boutet on October 7, 2014 at 9:02pm

Too bad the City of Rochester doesn't seem to share the Landmark Society's concern for historic properties.

Comment by Mark Sweetland on October 7, 2014 at 7:23pm

The Landmark Society of Western New York announced Tuesday its 2014 Five to Revive, a list of historic sites it has determined to be in need of targeted revitalization.

The five sites on the list are:

  • Auditorium Theater, 875 E. Main St., Rochester;
  • Designated buildings of historic value in Rochester, including the Cataract Brewery building and the former church at 660 W. Main St.;
  • Erie Canal Warehouse, village of Brockport;
  • Hillside Cemetery and Chapel, town of Clarendon, Orleans County; and
  • Former Trinity Episcopal Church, town of Seneca Falls, Seneca County.

“The preservation efforts of the Landmark Society of Western New York continue to be focused on community revitalization,” said Wayne Goodman, executive director, in a statement. “Preservation creates local jobs, stimulates investment, increases tax revenues and builds sustainable communities.

This is the second year the Landmark Society has announced a Five to Revive list, for properties in Western New York.

Comment by Mark Sweetland on July 30, 2014 at 9:26pm

Unfortunately, I found most of the author's conclusions not based on fact, but opinion.  The owner bought a Building of Designated Historic Value.  Any person buying such a property must be aware of community considerations.  Perhaps he just made a bad business decision.

Comment by Marian Boutet on July 30, 2014 at 7:50pm

Mr. Maye and his supporters are clearly playing the race card, although Milton Moss's daughter (who doesn't want a big box store across from her family home) and the PLEX neighborhood association (who are all too familiar with his style as a landlord) are among those opposing it.

Comment by Margy Meath on July 30, 2014 at 5:51pm

Interesting perspective on the owner/potential developer of this property...


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