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Latta Meech House

Links of the Day:

– The city has big plans to develop the Port of Rochester, adding a marina and tall apartment buildings. The city also plans to restore the area’s historical character, according to a request for proposals called “Development of the Old Harbor Village of Charlotte.”

The area is bounded by Lake Ave., Stutson St., the river and the railroad tracks. It includes the old Charlotte “village.” Sixteen historic buildings remain. The Latta Meech house, one of the oldest in Monroe County, is the center of the old village.

The RFP says challenges to developing the historic district are “dispersed ownership of the properties in the district, lack of a cohesive vision, identifying and branding the district, lack of cohesive business mix, sparse investment capital.”

I love the idea of creating a historic destination at the port. I’m wondering the city has bitten off more than it – and the community – can chew. It’s certainly an ambitious plan.

– Carestream and other tenants at Eastman Business Park are worried about the future of the industrial complex. Local politicians are worried Carestream will bolt, taking along hundreds of jobs.

– A former candidate for Rochester school superintendent whose spokesman said he interviewed for the job “as a formality” is in hot water for “moonlighting.”

– A Thruway bridge collapsed 25 years ago today, killing 10 people.

7 Responses to Developing the Port’s…History?

  1. April 5, 2012 at 9:30 am Ben C. responds:

    The one big question I’ve always had about the public vision for Charlotte is why there hasn’t been a feasilble private vision for all these years since the amusement park, dance pavilions and trolley were abandoned?

    Now, with Kodak a ghost of itself, there doesn’t even seem to, be a reason for being near your job to live there.

    Is it that the spot is a dead end? Our limited 2 1/2 mo. good weather? Decline of Lake Ave. Frontage on way there? Difficult land use micxture that prevents one from thinking it’s just another honky-tonk Great Lakes spot shore developement?

    I’m always amazed at what western NY’ers accept for liesure-time shore recreational attractions, anyway.

  2. April 5, 2012 at 9:32 am jason responds:

    There was little interest from the city in keeping the last few buildings from the former Village of Brighton at East and Winton. My gramdfather worked the railroad in Charlotte from the 40s-70s, there was no village then and isnt one now. Scuttlebutts and LDR Char Pit were the places railroadmen hung out at. The city shouldve kept the look at East and Winton but didnt so why spend one cent inventing a Village in Charlotte nobody ever saw or remembers?

    • April 5, 2012 at 9:52 am Ben C. responds:

      I think the British came up to the Genesee River delta during the War of 1812 (I think) and it sounded an alarm down in town. I think some folks went up there to the muddy delta and I believe the ship was gone by then.

  3. April 5, 2012 at 11:27 am lynn ellingwood responds:

    Better to work at making Charlotte a reliable and clean place to swim and be in the water. I see the water as being dirty and smelly and not a place to swim. That’s one reason no to go down there.

  4. April 5, 2012 at 11:31 am mercyrule responds:

    Woah. Did you change your font?

  5. April 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm John Kennedy responds:

    To echo Lynn, until the city works to fix the basics this development is a dead end. It is out of scale, has no place in the neighborhood and is designed to meet a non-existent demand.

    Charlotte was the Coney Island of the West at Rochester’s peak, but those days are long gone. I support the city choosing to invest in the area, but they must first work with residents to determine the future of the area instead of imposing irresponsible development from on high.

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