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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 July 27, 2014 at 8:49pm

Historic Westminster Presbyterian Church

Additional comments held over from 07/22/14 Public Hearing

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Public Hearing Begins: 9:00 AM
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS 302A, 30 Church Street

Comment by Mary D'Alessandro on July 21, 2014 at 11:45pm

Mark, thankyou for the link.  I'm glad the hearing committee is taking their time rather than to just deny it.  The article was good.

Comment by Mark Sweetland on July 21, 2014 at 11:11pm

Vote on W. Main church tabled until next month.  See more at:

Comment by Marian Boutet on July 14, 2014 at 4:30pm

-> A message from Dawn Noto, resident of the Susan B.Anthony Historic District and Co-chair of the Southwest Common Council regarding historic Westminster Presbyterian Church at 660 West Main Street:

Here we go again.
This time the site plan needs three variances.
1) Demolition of a DBHV - Designated building of Historic Value needs a variance - proposed is demolition for "discount grocery store". Tenant and a business plan remains a mystery.
2) 6000 sg ft is code - proposed is 17,922 sq ft .
3) 0'-5' building clearance from sidewalk is code.

The zoning board will first vote on the demolition variance.
Our concerns are the same.

The historic church is structurally sound confirmed with our engineers report done in 2013. It should be re-used.

The SUPER SIZED square box design will permanently impact the historic streetscape in a detrimental way. The 19th century streetscape is largely intact. This would begin a destructive building model that would be a forever be a detriment to the community.

Traffic patterns and daily delivery vehicles to a very large store will negatively impact the community. A traffic study should be done prior to demolition approvals.

Property owner owns many commercial properties in the SW and he neglects them. The business model at some of his plaza's are detrimental to the health of the neighborhood - ie: Liquor Store at Zebs Plaza, 626 W Main St, opened last year has had a negative impact.

There is more. He owes over $40K in taxes. 2K water bill. The property has been sold to ATF [ - American Tax Funding Services, the company that the City of Rochester sells foreclosed properties to] already?? He does not have a Letter of Credit from a bank to show he can even financially pay for demo and rebuild.. The City could request one under a Major Site Plan review.

Join us on the 17th to speak you opinion on how this will impact you and your neighborhoods. The SW has come so far, we cannot loose our intact 19th century buildings on W Main St. It's our gateway and a better plan that reuses the church is needed.

The hearing will be held in City Council Chambers, room 302A, City Hall, 30 Church Street on Thursday, July 17 beginning .  There are 12 items on this month's agenda and this is the last one, so it will probably come up in early-to-mid afternoon.  Please send your written comments by July 16th, 2014 to: Jill Symonds, City of Rochester, Bureau of Planning & Zoning, 30 Church Street, Room 125B, Rochester, NY 14612, or  She is also the one to contact if you want to speak at the hearing.

Comment by Marian Boutet on June 11, 2014 at 9:35pm

Here we go again!  He still owes back taxes of $28,043.65 on the church alone.

Are there any details about the proposed "full line food store?"   

Comment by Stacie Colaprete on June 11, 2014 at 3:40pm

Comment by Marian Boutet on November 19, 2013 at 3:00pm

Future plans for the Sibley building!  MCC is going to wish they had stayed downtown.

Comment by Marian Boutet on May 29, 2013 at 6:03pm

Good news for the Garden Aerial project!

Comment by Marian Boutet on March 25, 2013 at 12:11pm

This is why we have zoning restrictions and protections for historic structures.  Sometimes City Hall does listen.

Comment by Joan Roby-Davison on March 25, 2013 at 9:30am

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