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The controversial Erie Harbor development is almost finished, dramatically changing the northern tip of Mt. Hope Ave and the view across the river from Corn Hill.

It’s certainly an improvement over the previous concrete, drab, prison-like housing project.

The new, $31.4 million complex is bright and colorful. It’s extremely modern, once referred to by neighbors as “George Jetson”-like.

The project also included the renovation and painting of the Hamilton, the high-rise next door. People either love or hate the color scheme. (I love it.)

The city is in the process of making extensive improvements along the waterfront.

But the jury might still be out on the low-rises. They’re a tad institutional and resemble student apartment complexes, such as Park Point. But this was never intended to be a high-end housing project; rather it’s mixed income. We shouldn’t have expected something like Corn Hill Landing and we should appreciate diversity of design.

What do you think of the transformation?

6 Responses to Erie Harbor: How Does it Look?

  1. December 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm Carlos Mercado responds:

    Architecturally underwhelming.

  2. Have to agree with my friend Carlos on the architecture.

    But I do appreciate the increased permeability through the site between the river and the neighborhood – when I lived in Ra Cha Cha I used to regularly run the river trails, and the unbroken stretch of the old housing development was not a good section. But aside from how it was for me, it wasn’t good for the residents, either – the wonderful river frontage “behind” the development wasn’t much utilized, because of being shielded from view (so “stuff” would go on there).

    It can be really tough to reverse decades-old bad planning decisions. I have to give great credit to Bob Boyd, SWPC, the developer, the City (and whomever else) for improving the original project plans to this degree.

  3. December 19, 2011 at 10:34 am nerdofthunder responds:

    Meh. I wouldn’t live there, but that is more of a function of really liking where I live right now.

  4. January 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm Douglas A. Fisher responds:

    Underwhelming, but light years ahead of the original 1970s project. Therein lies a relevant lesson for today.

    That 1970s housing disaster happened only because the Urban Renewal Director at the time persuaded City Council — over staff objections — that Rochester could get new federal funds for that project.

    If it were not built, then that money would be lost to some other city unless Rochester proceeded with what we then saw for 30 years. It took another (much later) round of federal millions to demolish the original misconceived project.

    Sound familiar? To wit: The concept that we must build the Mortimer Street Bus Barn now because otherwise the monies will go to some other city.

    At some point, a future City Council will realize today’s mistake and then seek demolition dollars for the Bus Barn to undo that mistake.

    And look at all the jobs to be created by that second round of federal dollars!

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  6. It is mixed income, but the high end of the mix costs more than what I’ve seen at Corn Hill, or anyplace in Rochester for that matter. But we thought over 2000 sq ft, 2 decks, and 3 floors with spectacular views – right on the river trail AND in the South Wedge was worth it. These units are a lot more impressive inside than you’d think.

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