Monday, June 1, 2015

WEEK AHEAD: Events for the week of Monday, June 1

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 10:07 AM

click to enlarge The Port of Rochester. - FILE PHOTO
  • The Port of Rochester.
Gregory Weykamp, president of Edgewater Resources, will give a presentation at tonight’s meeting (Monday, June 1) of the Charlotte Community Association. Edgewater is the developer of the controversial Port of Rochester project. The presentation is at 7 p.m. at the Robach Center, 180 Beach Avenue.

Edgewater plans to develop the port primarily for housing and a hotel. But the project and Edgewater have come under fire from some members of the community who say that the height of the proposed buildings would block views, take away parking, and privatize the port area. But project supporters say that opponents are a small but vocal minority.

The city is also building a marina to go along with the Edgewater plan, but that project was delayed after it lost its developer.

City Council begins its review of Mayor Lovely Ann Warren’s proposed 2015-2016 budget. Warren has proposed a $502-million budget that reduces spending and freezes the tax levy. But due to increases in some service fees, homeowners would still see an average $23.79 increase in the tax bills. The budget also includes money for body cameras for the Rochester Police Department.

Council devotes a block of time to review the individual budget of each city department. Reviews this week will take place on Wednesday, June 3, of the following departments: 9 a.m., Council/clerk; 9:15 a.m., administration; 10:50 a.m., emergency communications; 11:25 a.m., Neighborhood and Business Development; 2:05 p.m., Police Department; 3:35 p.m., Fire Department; 4:20 p.m., information technology.

The budget hearings will be streamed live on the city’s web site at

Copies of the proposed budget are available for review on the city’s web site, in city public libraries, and at City Hall in Rooms 200A and 300A. The public can call the Council Office at (585) 428-7538 if they have questions about the review process.

Community Design Center Rochester will wrap up its 10th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series on Wednesday, June 3, with a presentation called "Transit Revolution" featuring transportation planner and designer Norman Garrick. Garrick will talk about revolutionary strategies in transportation, and how we might put them to work in the Rochester region.

The lecture will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, or free for students, and can be purchased either at, by calling (585) 271-0520, or at the door.

The Landmark Society’s annual House and Garden Tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7.

The tour will feature eight homes on the south side of Cobbs Hill including homes on Highland Avenue, Highland Heights and Cobbs Hill Drive.

This year’s event will feature a pre-tour talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, “The UNnatural History of Cobbs Hill: How humans have shaped and reshaped beautiful Cobbs Hill.” The talk is free to tour ticket-holders – present ticket at the talk, or pick up pre-ordered ticket that evening. Tour tickets may also be purchased that evening, if they’re not sold out, or admission for the talk is $5.

Advance tickets for the tour are available for Landmark Society members for $18 directly from the society at or (585) 546-7029 x11. The nonmember advance price is $22, and tickets may be purchased from the society or at Parkleigh, corner of Park Avenue and Goodman Street. On the days of the tour, tickets for all will be $25, if the event is not sold out. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN


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