I too have been involved in historic preservation efforts, although not for as long as some including Mary Anna. But I find many of the arguments here to be nonsensical.
What's been proposed by Morgan is clearly an improvement over the house and parking lot that is there now. I see no green space now that won't be there after these apartments are built.
The 120 year old, beautiful Cataract Brewery building in the historic High Falls neighborhood was a Designated Building of Historic Value; supposedly protected from demolition. Yet, we had no problem demolishing that so it could be replaced with a HUGE parking lot forever altering the rim of the High Falls gorge.
Here we have the George Eastman House now saying it wants to build a sculpture garden and A PARKING LOT on this site? I really don't see how that would be better than adding residents to this section of University.
Also, I find it a bit ironic this article mentions Louis Kahn. The very first design by Morgan for this site looked like it could have been designed by Kahn himself. Personally, I don't believe his aesthetic or his teachings belong anywhere near this neighborhood.
I should have also said, the Smokey poster is by Gingerbeard, not Spaceman.
FYI, Gingerbeard is not the same artist as Spaceman.
Chris, thanks for following up on that. I still don't really understand how NYSDOT can claim that the Federal money is being contributed by NYS. These USDOT TIGER grants are not blank checks. For example, if NYSDOT tries to reassign any of that money to something other than the intended project scope, even if it's another rail project somewhere else in NY state, the Feds will have no problem taking their $15MM back. I'm not saying it's a bad or good thing for NYSDOT to be taking over the project. I would just ask NYSDOT to exercise extreme caution if they're thinking about changing the scope of the project. Rochesterians need to be monitoring this very closely.
The State is not the largest contributor to this project. $15 MM was awarded to the project by USDOT this year. NY is matching with $7 MM. And one glaring concern should be the fact that if NYSDOT changes the scope of the project, they will jeopardize that Federal money which was awarded based on the work ALREADY DONE by the City.
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