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Charlotte Street


The city has issued a Request for Proposals for 1.88 acres of vacant land on Charlotte St. The eyesore property is currently used as a makeshift parking lot.

It’s about time.

The city began to clean up the brownfield in 1997. By 2007, more than a thousand tons of petroleum-contaminated soil had been removed from the site. The state declared the land environmentally safe.

Charlotte StreetAround 2008, the city announced Christa Development would build Charlotte Square on the property. The project would include 32 condos and 8 townhouses. It never broke ground.

Since then, the city has allowed the property to languish. It’s baffling, because it seems this is very desirable land. It’s in the heart of the East End, a stone’s throw from The Little Theatre, Spot Coffee, Press Coffee, Metro Y, Matthew’s East End Grill, Richmond’s, 2Vine, Hart’s, Eastman Theatre and a plethora of restaurants and bars. The property is also a very short distance from successful housing projects, including The Sagamore, 111 East Ave, Grove Place and Chevy Place. This development also makes sense because the city is filling in the Inner Loop and Charlotte St. is right next to land the city hopes will be developed in the future.

Proposals will be judged based on compatibility with the area, quality of development plant, financing plan and developer experience. The city estimates the land is worth $700,000 and would like to close on a land sale early next year.

The city would like to see market-rate housing. I can’t wait to see what developers pitch.


Charlotte Street


Fight Poverty Among Local Women!


On Sunday, I am kicking off the first annual 5k and walk for the Women’s Foundation of the Genesee Valley. This group gives women a hand up, not a hand out. It helps women get on their feet financially and become self-sufficient. Nearly half of single mothers in Monroe County are poor. Please consider a donation and/or signing up to walk. Even $5 would help. Thank you!


Links of the Day:


– Andrew Cuomo’s new book sold 948 copies in first week. (Hillary’s sold 100,000 in its first week.)

– The state’s settlement mandating better public defender services for the poor doesn’t apply to all Upstate counties.

– Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino profits from charter schools.

– A Central New York man is in trouble with this town for using an online service to rent out his home.

– A New York City man lost his job as a bus driver because he was a passenger in a car with a weed pipe on the console. 

– Film producer George Lucas battles Syracuse brewery over ‘Strikes Bock.’

– Tom Coburn’s annual Wastebook is always a good read. He calls out a worm project in the Rochester area.

– He was found living in a Rwandan dump when he was 9 years old. Now he’s a student at Harvard.

9 Responses to About Time

  1. October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am Lincoln DeCoursey responds:

    I never viewed it as an eyesore. I cut through here frequently while making my moves and I always liked that there’s a bit of free space along the backside of these little businesses around Main and Scio. Admittedly it’s not a groomed park or anything, but not every square inch of downtown needs to be crammed with yuppie condos, in my opinion.

  2. October 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm theodore kumlander responds:

    What a Racket, America is. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat in name only he is a Corporate Man who has been bought and paid for.
    This is why the Republicans do not run any Serious Canadates against him. They do not have to he is already doing what the 1% want.

    Carl Paladino makes money on charter schools. That was plan right from the start if he had been elected Governor there would have been more charter schools and he would have made more money.

    Politics have always been a Racket all through out history. From the Egyptians to the Greeks and Romans, but the alternative is Anarchy or Mob Rule.But they just seem so brazen about now.

  3. October 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm Adrian Martin responds:

    What was the name of the bakery that used to be behind what’s now 2Vine? That place was great. Maybe a developer can get a bakery in there to replace the old one that left.

    First floor retail, 2nd floor studios, 3-5 floor apartments, 6 floor apartments with terraces, with outdoor parking along Haags alley. If the city can convince Captains Attic’s patrons to stop firing guns at closing time, the project could be very successful!

  4. October 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm Kevin Yost responds:

    This is one of the many downtown sites and a few in the suburbs where a side-by-side Nat’l Soccer Hall of Fame by U.S. Soccer and Int’l Women’s Sports Center and Hall of Fame by the Women’s Sports Foundation could go.

    • October 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm Kevin Yost responds:

      Perhaps, a new theater could go there instead, but not sure the site is big enough for a new Broadway Theater, though, just a smaller theater.

  5. October 24, 2014 at 10:39 am Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    What Rochester really needs downtown – a senior citizens center.

  6. October 27, 2014 at 12:36 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    I also think a place to play BINGO would be a good idea.

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