The proposed redevelopment of the former Rochester Psychiatric Center,
1201 Elmwood Avenue, is the topic of a public meeting today (Monday, May 9) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Brickstone (Winter Garden), 1325 Elmwood Avenue. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by comments and questions.
The site includes about 18 acres in the City of Rochester and 11 acres in Brighton. The developer would demolish the Terrance Building
(the psych center) to make room for 420 residential units, hotel, commercial, and recreational uses. Also planned are 22 duplex ranch units, 80 apartments, and a commercial building in the Brighton portion of the site.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren
will release her 2016-2017 proposed budget plan
on Friday, May 13. That will be followed by all day City Council hearings on each city department’s budget on June 2 and June 7.
A Council hearing on the Rochester City School District’s budget is at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, followed by a 5:30 p.m. public hearing on the school district’s budget. Both events are in City Council chambers at City Hall, 30 Church Street.
The City of Rochester is facing a $41.2 million budget gap for 2016-2017. Another thing to pay attention to is whether or not the proposed budget includes funding for neighborhood police precincts, which is something that the police union is pushing for. BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN
The City of Rochester
is conducting a study to assess and evaluate the trail system in the Washington Grove part of Cobbs Hill Park
. The study will help shape recommendations for future improvements to the trail system. The public can offer suggestions and comments online: at www.cityofrochester.gov/washingtongrove until Wednesday, May 11.
The Community Design Center
will present “Where We Live: Building Stronger Neighborhoods,” on Tuesday, May 10. The featured speakers are Ken Doyno, president of Rothchild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm located in Pittsburgh; and John Torti, architect and partner with Torti Gallas of Washington, DC. The two have explored new approaches to neighborhood development and growing strong communities through intelligent design.
The event will be held at Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Information: www.cdcrochester.org. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO
Brockport voters will decide
whether they want to keep their village government on May 24. And at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, the village will hold an informational forum on the issue of dissolution.
The forum will be held at A.D. Oliver Middle School’s auditorium, 40 Allen Street, Brockport.
Wade Beltramo, general counsel for the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, will lead a presentation on the dissolution process, how services can be transferred from the village to the town, and the money and service impacts of dissolution.
Brockport voters defeated a 2010 dissolution measure by a vote of 959 to 662. Both that vote and the upcoming one were initiated through petition, and both times the efforts were led by a small group of high-profile landlords. The dissolution proponents say that getting rid of the village government will save taxpayers money. Village supporters say that’s a flawed argument, since residents will either lose services such as police and code enforcement, or they’ll still have to pay for them.
The Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
is holding two events as part of 350.org’s Break Free From Fossil Fuels campaign.
The group is hosting a screening of the film “Disobedience”
at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Avenue. The film is about everyday people who are taking action against the fossil fuel industry.
The coalition is also organizing a bus to Albany for a May 14 rally against the proposed expansion of a Bakken oil processing facility
at the Port of Albany, and against Bakken oil trains in general. The bus will leave the St. John Fisher College Park and Ride lot at 6 a.m., will leave Albany at 4 p.m., and will arrive back in Rochester at 8 p.m.
The organizers want travelers to register in advance at www.rochesterclimateaction.org/. They request a donation of $40 for a full fare seat and $20 for a student or reduced rate seat. They’re also taking donations through Crowdrise to cover the cost of chartering the bus and a driver. BY JEREMY MOULE