Blue Ribbon Developments - September 2012



“Andrews Hall” at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School: Sept. 26, 2012

“Andrews Hall” at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS) is a new residential unit for veterans who are part of a program to overcome homelessness. The project, an initiative of Tempro, the homeless housing agency of Temple B’Rith Kodesh in Brighton, CRCDS, and the Veterans Outreach Center, is aimed at the successful reintegration of veterans who have experienced a period of homelessness post-service. The new residential units were once apartments for CRCDS students and their families. Read more.



Radisson Hotel: Sept. 20, 2012

The Radisson Hotel’s newly renovated spaces unveiled at their Downtown Rochester’s 120 E. Main location are the result of a three year, $3.5 million investment in upgrading its 460 guest rooms, fitness center and 30,000 square feet of meeting spaces. Originally opened in 1969, the Radisson is the second largest hotel in New York State outside of Manhattan. 

The City realizes how important the travel and tourism industry is to this region as an economic engine, and praises the renovations made at the Radisson. Read more.



Voters Block Community: Sept. 20, 2012

The Voters Block Community is a $27 million project along West Main Street, which includes 120 homes and 12 commercial establishments in the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood, near the site where Susan B. Anthony and 15 other women voted illegally in the 1872 Presidential elections.

This site features a newly constructed 39-unit, mixed-use apartment building with a community room, tenant storage, laundry facilities and the 1872 Café. The Café overlooks the site where a $2 million Susan B. Anthony memorial, designed by local artist, Pepsy Kettavong, is planned. Read more.



East Avenue Inn: Sept. 19, 2012

The grand opening ceremony for East Avenue Inn & Suites, 384 East Ave., marked the hotel’s return as an asset to the community once again. The 118-room, boutique hotel , located Downtown at Rochester's East End District, has been transformed into a comfortable, creatively styled hotel. The $4 million project included $325,000 in City and County loans, along with grants and a COMIDA JobsPlus property tax abatement. Thirteen jobs were retained and four new positions were added with the renovation. Read more.


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44 Exchange Boulevard: Sept.18, 2012

This newly converted residential and commercial property at 44 Exchange Blvd.—and called “44 Exchange Boulevard”— has given new life to a Downtown building that had sat unoccupied for more than a dozen years—and has given new hope that this building will become a catalyst for additional development in this area. The Developer, Riverview Rochester LLC, recognized that the Four Corners location of the historic former Central Trust Bank had potential as a residential hub, with commercial space.

Many of the building’s 1950s-era design features have been restored or duplicated and the structure remains the last remaining example of Post War Modernism in the Downtown area. The design involved the conversion of the vacant office building into 24 state-of-the-art live-work apartments along with 25,000 square feet of new, state of the art office space. Read more.



ReHouse to West Ridge Road: Sept. 13, 2012

ReHouse first opened as a home-based business in September 2002, and opened its first store front in 2005 on East Main Street--selling reclaimed house parts such as antique trim and moldings, brass hardware, from properties that are being demolished or renovated. The opening of this new site at 469 West Ridge Rd., enabled ReHouse to expand and add more parking spaces for customers.

ReHouse plans to add two more jobs in the next three years. The investment of the building was $260,000. The City of Rochester assisted with $8,000 matching grant. Read more.