Blue Ribbon Developments - October 2012


erie-harborErie Harbor Apartments and Townhomes: Oct. 25, 2012

Erie Harbor and The Hamilton, developed by Conifer Realty LLC, are among the many exciting and important housing redevelopments in the city. Erie Harbor, a completely new, $31.9 million mixed-income community, and The Hamilton, an $18.5 million income-based high-rise, are both tremendous boosts to the South Wedge and the Genesee River corridor.

The project is being completed in conjunction with the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project, which involves improvements to the public space near the site. Read more.



RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship: Oct. 22, 2012

The Rochester Institute of Technology is working on a Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in the former Rochester Savings Bank building, 40 Franklin St. The Center will engage students with Downtown businesses and community organizations in support of economic and community development.

The 47,000 square foot building was given to the university as a donation from Rochester Historic Ventures LLC and it’s operating company Broadstone Real Estate, based in Rochester. RIT has pledged a $1.2 million investment towards renovations for the space and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is seeking federal funding to help with additional renovation costs of the building. The anticipated opening of the center is fall 2013.

RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship will be a tremendous addition to Rochester—a city grown through innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. Read More.



Germanow-Simon Corporation: Oct. 5, 2012

This $3.25 million upgrade to Germanow-Simon Corporation’s facilities located at 408 St. Paul St., is a multi-faceted redevelopment project which included the renovation of an 1879, multi-story industrial building, connected to a 1920s-era building--which was also renovated, repurposed and updated. Germanow-Simon Corp. is one of the area’s oldest continually operating manufacturing businesses, founded 96 years ago by members of the Germanow and Simon families. Twenty-five new jobs are projected within the next five years. Read more.


callan-harrisCallan-Harris Physical Therapy Expansion: Oct. 5, 2012

Callan-Harris Physical Therapy (CHPT), which specializes in performing arts medicine, originally opened at 1150 University Ave., in 2001. Spurred by a need for more space, a classroom area, better accessibility and a desire to remain in the city, CHPT has moved into a space at 1328 University Ave.

Approximately $170,000 was invested in the company’s relocation and expansion. The City assisted with a $7,000 matching grant. Eight jobs were retained with the move and 3 new positions were added.Read more.



Rochester Heritage Trail: Oct. 5, 2012

Opened during the 2012 Rochester River Romance fall festival, the Rochester Heritage Trail is a 1.25-mile long walking path that leads visitors to 15 points of historical significance. This self-guided tour follows an 8-foot wide line of either granite or blue paint on city sidewalks, along the way visitors will find historical markers, plaques, and interpretive signs telling some of the stories that make up Rochester’s rich history.

Currently, the trail runs between the Susan B. Anthony House to the second Erie Canal Aqueduct Bridge. A future extension of the trail will lead to the Rundel Memorial Library. Read more.



Art Walk Extension and Enhancement Project: Oct. 4, 2012

The Art Walk Extension and Enhancement Project reconstructed University Avenue from North Goodman Street to Union Street by replacing aging streets and sidewalks. The project continued the momentum created by ARTWalk of Rochester--an outdoor museum which was part of earlier infrastructure improvements.

The $9.1million project runs east to west on University Avenue from Goodman Street to Union Street, and north to south on Goodman Street from Village Gate to the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Read more.