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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 November 14, 2012 at 11:49pm
Comment by Marian Boutet on November 4, 2012 at 2:22am

If you need inspiration, here are some arguments for the rehabilitation rather than the demolition of this church.
* The church is irreplaceable.
* The church is significant for the Susan B Anthony Historic District.
* It’s preservation is crucial to the fate of the 1878 owner-occupied Victorian residence next door at 644 West Main. The owners are unlikely to stay if they find their home surrounded by stores and parking lots.
* Tax credits for historic preservation are available both from New York State and the Federal Government. Refer to the NYS Historic Preservation Office : Tax Credit Programs (includes Federal Investment Tax Credit Program for Income Producing Properties).
* There are five dollar-type stores nearby; one only approx. 1200 ft (1/3 of a mile) from the site.
* Chili Avenue is the western gateway to Rochester. Rows of boxy, poorly maintained cookie-cutter stores do not make a great impression, and these stores do tend to become poorly maintained.
* West Main Street and Jefferson Avenue are in the early stages of a renaissance – public money, private money and volunteer hours. The City would be shooting itself in the foot to allow this kind of "development."
* The City should be protecting structures like this one, not allowing them to be torn down for an individual's short-term gain.

Comment by Marian Boutet on November 3, 2012 at 2:41pm

Regarding who represents this neighborhood, I'd have to say  no one, since both of the South District representatives live on the east side of the river.  I don't know if Dorraine Kirkmire and Gary Kirkmire are related, but that would be the way to bet.

Comment by Margy Meath on November 2, 2012 at 8:32pm

I just checked the link you provided Marian. I don't know much about how this group functions but am wondering WHO on the board represents this neighborhood?? I'm also curious as to whether the person listed as the Manager of Zoning is related to the person who holds the title of Director of Inspection and Compliance - they have the same last name.

Current Board Members 

Joseph O'Donnell, Chair    East District
Roseanne Khaleel, Vice Chair        South District
Eric VanDusen Northeast District
Current Vacancy East District
Patrick Tobin South District
Current Vacancy East District
Current Vacancy Northwest District
Dorraine Kirkmire (City Staff) City of Rochester, Manager of Zoning
Zina Lagonegro (City Staff) City of Rochester, Sr. City Planner
Johanna Brennan (City Staff) City of Rochester, Municipal Attorney
Comment by Marian Boutet on November 2, 2012 at 6:09pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the proposed demolition of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on November 29:

NOVEMBER 29, 2012

File Number: V-039-12-13
Case Type: Area Variance
Applicant: Marvin Maye
Address: 660-668 W. Main Street
Zoning District: C-2 Community Center District
Quadrant: SW
Purpose: Demolition of a designated building of historic value and construction of a building that exceeds the maximum building size of 6,000 sq. ft.

Contact Zina Lagonegro, Sr. City Planner, at (585) 428-7054 to speak at this hearing.

If you're interested, you can download the complete agenda here:

Comment by Marian Boutet on October 30, 2012 at 10:10pm
Below is a map showing the number of dollar-type stores (5!) in southwest Rochester plus the location of the Walmart Supercenter as well as the Tops Market. I haven't made any attempt to map the ubiquitous corner stores.

The message is that we have more than enough of this kind of retail, and that bulldozing an historic church to build yet another dollar store is not in the best short- or long-term interest of the people who live in these neighborhoods.

Once more, here are the officials to write (all are at City Hall, 30 Church Street, Rochester, NY 14614):

* Tim Raymond,AIA, Architect, Bureau of Buildings and Zoning, Room 125 B
* Tom Richards, Mayor, Room 307A,
* R. Carlos Carballada, Commissioner, Neighborhood & Business Development, Room 223B,
* Michael Warfield, Chair, Rochester Preservation Board, Division of Zoning, Room 125B, 428-7238 (no e-mail)
* Marcia Barry, Director, Planning & Zoning, Room 125B,
Comment by Dawn Noto on October 27, 2012 at 10:34am

T.W. Jones Development has filed a major site plan application with the City Zoning that includes the demolition of the church and home at 660 -668 W Main St. The plans are to construct a new 13,800 sf single story retail structure. The church is a Designated Building of Historic Value.

Comments are to be made before NOVEMBER 16, 2012 to Tim Raymond. Email: or call # 428-7770. 


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