Blue Ribbon Developments - July 2012


Erie Harbor Enhancements: July 26, 2012

Mayor Thomas S. Richards and other city leaders joined Conifer Realty executives Richard Crossed, Timothy Fournier, Andrew Crossed and Allen Handelman at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project at 275 Mount Hope Ave.

The project area covers Genesee Gateway Park and parts of the Genesee Riverway Trail and Mt. Hope Avenue. Additionally, it will cover three public access easements located between the Genesee River and Mt. Hope Avenue from Ford Street to 151 Mt. Hope Ave. Read more. 



Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Agency: July 26, 2012

Deputy Mayor Len Redon helped cut the ribbon on the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Agency's (RGRTA) new John G. Doyle Jr. Administrative Building. The building offers a lobby and reception for ticket sales, a boardroom, an employee wellness center, patio areas, and a visitor parking lot.

RGRTA is the provider of public transportation service in the Rochester, Genesee and Finger Lakes region. Learn more.  


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Steel River BBQ: July 24, 2012

City Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada and City Councilmember Carla Palumbo joined owners Jose Aponte, Michelle Cipolla-Aponte and Tina Cipolla-Youst for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening of Steel River BBQ Bar & Grill at 421 River St. in Charlotte Area--a BBQ restaurant with an Hispanic flair.

The family invested close to $40,000 in the opening of Steel River BBQ and created six jobs with plans to add another six over the next three years. Read more. 



Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian Bridge: July 23, 2012

The newly renovated Erie Lackawanna railroad bridge spans the Genesee River south of Downtown, linking the east and west banks of the Genesee Riverway Trail and establishing a new access point between the University of Rochester and Southwest neighborhoods. It is intended to provide a catalyst for new development along the western bank of the river in the Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood.

The ceremony marked the completion of a $1.8 million reconstruction project. Read more.  


Benedetto's Ribbon Cutting 

Benedettos: July 20, 2012

Benedettos, located at 289 Alexander St., offers casual Italian-American cuisine in a quaint and cozy environment during dinner hours. Following a $250,000 renovation, the space features two private dining areas across two floors and a full bar. The interior has been handsomely redone.

Benedettos will feature a full menu--planned and executed by chef Charles Saccardi --complemented with a fully licensed bar serving bottled and draft beer, liquor and wine. Read more. 



South Wedge Spirits and Wine: July 20, 2012

Joel Cera opened the South Wedge Spirits & Wine (SWS&W), located at 661 South Ave. in the Hickory Place building, to fill a void for a premium wine shop in The South Wedge. His research on the South Wedge Neighborhood revealed consistent economic growth over 20 years with many locally owned businesses and a strong business association in the Business Association of the South Wedge Area.

Wine tastings are held Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Investments in the opening totaled $46,000. Read more. 



Anthony L. Jordan Health Center: July 20, 2012

The Anthony L. Jordan Health Center broke ground on renovations at its 82 Holland St. location. The center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides affordable, comprehensive primary care services to nearly 30,000 patients at three comprehensive health centers and four medical and dental suites throughout the city. The Center is adding Urgent Care services and has partnered with Highland Breast Imaging to add x-ray and mammography services to the newly renovated area. Learn more. 



Rochester Educational Opportunity Center: July 19, 2012

Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner Carlos Carballada helped cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Rochester Educational Opportunity Center building at 161 Chestnut St. The new space unifies students from two separate locations, specializing in adult academic career and training, tuition free.The new facility includes state of the art classrooms and a 500 seat multi-purpose area suitable for high-tech presentations. The building achieved LEED Silver status. Learn more. 


California Rollin' Ribbon Cutting

California Rollin': July 18, 2012

California Rollin' Sushi Bar, located at 274 N. Goodman St. in the Village Gate, recently celebrated renovations that expanded the popular restaurant. Master Sushi Chef Tom Beaman Sr. opened his first sushi bar at the Public Market in 1990 and the original Village Gate location in 1994.

More than $120,000 was invested in the expansion at Village Gate. The City provided $8,000 in Small Business Grants. A total of 18 jobs were retained and seven were created as a result of the expansion.  Read More.


Morrison Park ribbon cut 2Morrison Park: July 13, 2012

Members of the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association gathered to rededicate Morrison Park, located at the corner of Culver Rd. and Harvard St.

Morrison Park is a triangular-shaped pocket park located within a traffic median at the corner of Culver Rd. and Harvard St.

More than 50 residents of the ABC Neighborhood, including Councilmember Haag, have participated in the planting of the park greenery and remain involved in the ongoing maintenance of the park.

Read more. 


project scionProject Scion: July 13, 2012

City officials and landscape designers dedicated Project Scion’s addition to the JOSANA Neighborhood at the corner of Jay and Child streets. Project Scion—created by local award-winning landscape designers Furgiuele, Coates and Zaretsky—is an initiative to turn vacant lots into green spaces that will help contribute to the vitality of city neighborhoods.

The 2012 Project Scion is titled “The Orchard” as homage to the early days of the JOSANA neighborhood when it served as a fruit and nut producing area. Read more. 


Paul WolK Commons Ribbon Cutting

Paul Wolk Commons: July 12, 2012

City Councilmember Carla M. Palumbo and City Director of Business and Housing Development Bret Garwood joined memberss of East House Corp. and Providence Housing Corp. and other special guests in a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Paul Wolk Commons.

Paul Wolk Commons is a mixed-use affordable housing community located at 435 State St. Learn more.