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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #1
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Rochester Development News

Okay Matt, I bit on the call for a list of developments for Roch-a-Cha. Fellow ROC forumers, if I missed something, please let me know. Note that these are limited to the downtown area and its immediate environs:

Current Development Projects in Downtown Rochester
(As of April 2008)

Under Construction
Mills @ High Falls (67 Units – New Construction)
Parazin Building (12 Units - Renovation)
Trolley Barn (40,000 sq. feet of Class A - Renovation)
Academy Building (17 Units - Renovation)
250 South (5 Units - Renovation)
Capron South Lofts (22 Units - Renovation)
Kirstein Building (61 units – Renovation)

Charlotte Square (40 Units) Expected Spring 2009 Construction
PaeTec World Headquarters (500,000+ sq. ft. office plus additional retail/restaurant space in new 25+ story structure and adjacent new 5-story building) Expected Fall 2011 Completion
ESL World Headquarters (New 175,000 sq. ft. 6 story structure) Expected Summer 2008 Construction
Washington Square Parking Garage Expansion (500 space expansion of existing parking garage to serve ESL)
Warner Building (50 Units – Renovation)
Grove Street Flats (14 Units in new 4-story building)
Cox Building (70 Units – Renovation)
Eastman Theatre Expansion - New lobby, rehearsal space, and recital hall completing Eastman's original vision
Alexander Park (105,000 sq. ft. 4 story office building, bank branch, additional retail and residential TBD – New Construction) Expected Summer 2008 Construction
University/Windsor Rowhouses (6 Units – New construction)
230 East (1 Unit) – Renovation and new two-story addition plus art gallery

Block F (Planned mixed use development TBD)
Renaissance Square (Performing Arts Center, Central Bus Terminal, MCC Downtown Campus) Expected Summer 2009 Construction
Inn on Broadway (Expansion of existing hotel and new condos in new high rise)
100 Broad - 30+ condos in new 16-story tower on top of expanded South Ave Garage
Monroe County Crime Lab - 4-story 45,000 sq. ft. regional crime lab
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center Expansion – New 5 story, 50k square foot academic facility expansion
Northern Gateway Landing - 48 units in new buildings on former Downtown Motor Lodge site
St John Fisher College School of Law – Planned law school likely to be located in renovated building
250 East (Planned mixed use renovation)
Lofts at the Carriage Factory (Planned residential conversion) Expected 2010 completion.

Other developments are in the works that are not listed here, including some pretty impressive plans. But we seem to do a good job of keeping a lid on speculation in Rochester so I'll provide more information when I can.
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Duffy takes hopeful view for future
Democrat and Chronicle

Mayor Robert Duffy delivered a sobering State of the City address on Monday, one devoid of major new announcements and instead reliant on hopeful determination that his administration can improve the city.

Still facing a sizable budget gap — estimated at more than $17 million for 2008-09 — the mayor promised a major reorganization of city services. The plan will reduce the city's six Neighborhood Empowerment Teams offices to an expanded four neighborhood service centers, one in each quadrant of the city.

Duffy focused most heavily on public safety, however, and the city's financial struggles, while highlighting the promise of a turnaround downtown, given new housing starts and PAETEC Holding Corp. and ESL Federal Credit Union's plans to build new headquarters in the center city.

"This journey of progress we are making together is not a sprint. It's a marathon," the mayor said, continuing later: "We're running a marathon, and this stretch of the course is going to be painful. But we cannot take an easier course."

The police chief-turned-mayor cited a city-commissioned survey that found 48 percent of respondents feel less safe than they did two years ago when he took office. The survey of 650 residents, landlords and business owners showed 39 percent feel more safe, however. And 69 percent think the city is headed in the right direction.

Duffy said 83 percent of people surveyed agreed that the city is improving.

His hour-long address closed with School of the Arts sophomore Timothy Mitchum at the piano, giving an encore of his Grammy Awards performance, singing "Let It Be."

Standing at the edge of the packed auditorium, Marion Walker quietly hummed to himself, and at times sang along. Walker is president of the Jay-Orchard Streets Area Neighborhood Association. JOSANA is one of the city's poorest neighborhoods and was promised much when PAETEC Park was built alongside it, opening in 2006.

"People want to see more, because a lot of things they thought were forthcoming — jobs, a safer community — haven't evolved yet," Walker said. "But they haven't given up hope."

He echoed the mayor's resolute optimism, adding: "There has been disappointment. ... (But) this is like growing up. You're going to have ups and downs. At the end of the day, we are going to go forward."

The reorganization Duffy pointed to is a "first step in a philosophical and operational shift," the mayor said later. Locations for the expanded service centers, to involve teams of NET and police, plus Economic Development, Community Development and Fire Department officials, have not been determined but will be decided by cost and location. One likely location is Upper Falls Plaza, currently home to the east side police station. Duffy said there remains work to be done in terms of the police configuration but said: "It is not just a reshuffling of the cards in the deck.

"We are committed to the neighborhoods," he said, adding that the reorganization is driven by citizen suggestions gathered during six neighborhood budget meetings.

The move will consolidate, even eliminate, some city services. Duffy has warned that he might be forced to cut 100 city government jobs to close the budget gap. In addition to base aid, the state has authorized an optional, one-time spin-up or accelerated payout of up to $20 million. However, city officials have said that non-recurring aid should not be put toward annual operating expenses.

Monroe County is facing its own challenges, with a $29 million gap after the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court ruled last month against County Executive Maggie Brooks' plan to close the shortfall by shifting sales tax revenues away from suburban school districts. Brooks said after Duffy's address that the county still is pursuing an appeal, but she downplayed speculation that the county also might look to shift some expenses to the city.

"I don't think it's productive to punish another level of government to balance our budget," she said but added that others shouldn't figure a county or city budget gap is solely the county or city's problem.

Duffy, meanwhile, said he had no intention of reducing the city's current $119 million in aid to city schools when he delivers his 2008-09 budget proposal next month. And cutting public safety "would be irresponsible."

Rochester has seen eight criminal homicides so far this year, compared with 13 at this time in 2007 and seven for the same period in 2006. In a statement before Duffy's address, state Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, said the violence is draining the additional state money being sent to the city. State aid will total $95 million in 2008-09, up from $54 million in 2005-06.

The mayor heralded the success of the city's Zero Tolerance crimefighting initiative — which, since being launched in October, has cost the city nearly $4 million, including $3 million in police overtime, and resulted in an 18 percent drop in serious and violent crime compared with the same period last year; down 30 percent compared with the five-year average. The city has yet to release detailed data to support the crime statistics.

Success, however, requires a multilayered approach, and Monroe County District Attorney Michael Green said after the address that he was encouraged given the push also being made on other fronts, particularly in youth services and literacy.

"I'm optimistic because I see a lot of good things happening," Green said.

Duffy agreed: "I see far more good stories than bad. But we never seem to celebrate the successes. We focus more on what goes wrong, those negative voices ... whispering in our ears to just give up." But this is the time to push harder, the mayor said, having told the audience at the start of this address: "This is our watch, and we are going to succeed."

Three Midtown tenants make plans to move
Democrat and Chronicle

Downtown will lose its last department store when Midtown Plaza closes this summer.

But two other longtime mall tenants announced Monday that they will stick around — moving a little more than a block west on Main Street.

Peebles department store will close July 19 and has plans to open a new store in late August in Canandaigua's Roseland Center, said Barry Lester, new store development administrator for Peebles.

"Rochester has been a good location for us. It's been a good community for us," Lester said. "It's really not our decision to leave."

The national chain opened downtown in August 1996 and currently employs seven people.

Meanwhile, Fauna's Gifts & Vintage Toys and Whelpley & Paul Opticians will relocate to the Alliance Building and open sometime in June, according to Conifer Realty, which has owned the building at 183 E. Main St. since 1984.

Fauna's, which has been on the upper level of Midtown for 16 years, will be on the first floor in Suite 104 in the Alliance Building, at the corner of Stone Street.

"I am so excited to be going there," said Fauna's owner, Janet Galligan.

She said she was delighted to remain downtown. "It kills me to see all these old buildings go down."

Whelpley & Paul, a locally owned business since 1929 and 40-year tenant at Midtown, will be located in the Alliance Building's Suite 105.

There are 45 tenants remaining in Midtown, which is closing Aug. 1. Nearly two-thirds are looking to relocate, while nearly one in four is likely to close, according to Flaum Management, hired by the city to help tenants relocate.

Midtown will be razed to make way for a new complex that will include the headquarters for PAETEC Holding Corp.

According to the city's schedule, most Midtown tenants will have moved out by the end of June. The skyway connections to Chase and Xerox towers will close June 30.

Only Clear Channel radio and Trailways bus station will remain at Midtown after Aug. 1.

I just thought this pic of our post office looked cool.

Mills at High Falls

Duffy Focuses on Downtown Living

Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy's “State of the City” address Monday night proposed the idea of living downtown.

One area in particular trying to reinvent itself as a mixed residential area is High Falls.

Mayor Duffy said 67 new apartments will open at the "Mills at High Falls" next spring. The development is located on State Street across from the Kodak Tower.

The aim is to draw young professionals to live in Rochester.

In all, Duffy said a dozen different development projects will add around 300 new housing units in the downtown area.

Mise en Place lets you grab groceries, quick bite
Democrat and Chronicle

Mangoes. Diet Coke. Goat cheese. Bug spray. Rice flour. Cool Whip. Fresh scallops. Toilet paper.

Stuff you may not need, but you want. Stuff you may not want, but you need. Stuff you will find at Mise en Place Market.

The new South Wedge grocery store with the chef-smart name (it more or less means everything in place and ready to cook) offers a unique and pleasant compromise between suburban supermarket and the mini-mart miasma of potato chips, beer and cigarettes. It sells real food (some fancy, some not) and a few household essentials in a thriving city neighborhood. Mise en Place also doubles as a small cafe/deli where you can get a sandwich, pasta salad or restaurant-quality meal to eat on the premises or take home.

The South Wedge is close enough that I ditched my downtown desk and took a 25-minute stroll to the market, copping that homey, neighborhood feel even though I don't live there.

Lunch specials are on a board when you walk in. You order at the deli counter. Then you grab your drink from the cooler, take a seat in a front window alcove and someone brings your food to you. Like a restaurant, you eat with real dishes and flatware here. How civilized.

My beans and greens over penne featured spicy crumbled Italian sausage from Hartmann's Old World Sausage.

Whenever possible, Mise en Place owner Kenneth Holenbeck likes to feature locally grown or made ingredients. But I could have had a chicken cutlet on a Caesar salad, split pea and ham soup, burger with fries or a fried bologna sandwich with caramelized onions and Swiss. Dinner gets fancier.

Holenbeck cooked at Restaurant 2 Vine for years and now has decided to start a business on his home turf that straddles both market and restaurant. It's a community resource that other neighborhoods should consider as well.

Midtown's clock will relocate to airport, then hospital
Democrat and Chronicle

Midtown’s clock will get a new home.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks announced that the Clock of Nations, long a symbol of downtown’s indoor mall, will be moved to the Greater Rochester International Airport this summer. Officials hope it will be up and running there by July 1.

The clock will likely be located on the central observation deck near the food court, said Airport Director David Damelio. County officials are trying to conceive a way for passersby without airline tickets to view the clock.

But this home will be temporary — for three years.

In 2012, the clock will get a permanent home at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong.

“It’s a piece of living history in Monroe County,” Brooks said. “It was such a special part of Midtown. “We’re taking something that was a part of our past and we’re celebrating it.”

The clock was installed at Midtown in 1962 when the plaza was constructed.

Twelve nations, one for each hour, are represented with scenes set in small dioramas. On the hour, one country lights up, the figures move and the dozen dioramas rotate around the clock.

Jazzfest was announced, woo hoo!

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Brighton Planning Board to discuss new senior community
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A proposed St. John's Senior Communities expansion plan will go to the Brighton Planning Board next week.

The community, known as “Brickstone,” would have 53 single-family cottages, nine townhouses, 40 apartments and a 10,000-square-foot commercial building. The total project encompasses about 16 acres. The name of the community references Brighton’s brickmaking industry through the 19th century.

The senior-housing development currently includes St. John's Home, a nursing home on Highland Avenue, and St. John's Meadows, a combination of apartments and cottages, at 1 Johnsarbor Drive West, just off Elmwood Avenue. If the town approves, St. John's would add the new complex west of the Meadows campus off of Elmwood Avenue.

The land where St. John's would like to build is partially covered by wetlands, but Kit Pollicove, the vice president of marketing and development for St. John's, said buildings would be constructed around the wetlands and walkways would give a park-like atmosphere. Ponds could also be created, Pollicove said.

About 400 residents live in 338 housing units on the 35-acre St. John's Meadows, which has four campus sections: The Briarwood, The Hawthorne, Chestnut Court and The Cottages. Pollicove said the new campus would be marketed to active seniors and be laid out to encourage walking within the complex and into the community at large.

Once construction starts, it would take about 14 months to complete.

In addition to the Brickstone, the Planning Board will also discuss the environmental impact statement for Faith Village, a project proposed by Faith Temple to build a new sanctuary, school and senior apartment housing east of Buckland Park near South Winton and Westfall roads.

The board will also review the impact statement for a new office park being proposed by Anthony Costello, CEO of Costello and Son Development. Costello is planning an 820,000-square-foot office park and a 168,000-square-foot retail space that will be constructed just north of Interstate 590 and west of Winton Road. The total size of the lot would be about 4,500 feet long and encompass 82 acres. The space would include a hotel, restaurants, shops, a conference facility and about 3,400 parking spaces.

Webster Main Street plans moving full steam ahead
Messenger Post Newspapers

A Webster family hopes their efforts will blow some life back into the village of Webster.
Neil and Eric Bauman have come up with plans for the village’s Main Street, which will bring some facade updates to a strip of buildings along Main Street to bring them current. They hope these changes will inspire other retailers and developers to do the same.

The project, which is being spearheaded by the father-and-son team, is in front of the village’s Planning Board. The board has to approve the project before work can begin, said Chuck Hilbert, of Hilbert Realty, the broker handling the deal.

A proposed rendering of what the strip could look like is available online at www.thecentersatwebstervillage.com.

“Hopefully the whole village becomes the center (of town),” Hilbert said.

Next week, the Baumans and Hilbert will meet with the Planning and Zoning boards again to discuss the plans. The meeting is scheduled for April 17, Hilbert said. He does not believe the meeting is open to the public.

Those plans include new facades on the front, back and sides of the existing buildings, Hilbert said. The house at 40 E. Main St., which used to be Mitch Builders, may be torn down to make way for one or two other buildings. The current facades have no matching look, Hilbert said.

“It’s kind of like ‘no dated,’” or a mish mash, he said. “We’re trying to tie it together.”

Hilbert said updates may cost about $4 million. Last year, the Baumans announced plans to buy the strip of properties after Eric sold his popular eBaum’s World Web site for $17.5 million to San Francisco-based technology firm. They purchased the properties for about $1 million. That purchase included 320 feet along Main Street, from 26 Main St. to 44 Main St., Hilbert said. The length of the buildings is about the size of a football field.

“By having that much frontage ... you can really impact the whole visibility of what a Main Street can look like,” Hilbert said.

Since the Baumans announced their plans last year, two businesses have moved in, including the 2 Lovely Boutique, which was once in the town of Webster, and a magazine.

None of the businesses — which include the Scarlet Thread quilt shop, An’s Dry Cleaners, M&M Great Cakes and Streppa’s Italian Bistro —that were there before the sale moved out, Hilbert said.

Many people in town support the project, Hilbert said. Ann Kowal, president of the Chamber of Commerce, certainly does.

“I’m hoping that it does take off,” she said. “It’s big stuff.”

Cruise Liner Coming to Rochester

There might not be much action at the Port of Rochester this summer but in 2009 Charlotte is already on the itinerary and website of at least one long-time cruise ship operator.

The operator is New York City based Travel Dynamics International. 2009 will mark the company's 40th year of cruising and its first stop at the Port of Rochester.

"Rochester will be its maiden voyage. This will be the very first time this beautiful new ship will be coming into the Great Lakes and the first Great Lakes port that it will visit will be Rochester," Steve Burnett, Executive Director of Great Lakes Cruising Coalition said.

The Port of Rochester will be the last stop on the Clelia II's 11-day voyage in June 2009.

The five-deck expedition vessel will take 100 passengers from the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, Canada, through the St. Lawrence Seaway, stopping in Nova Scotia, Quebec City, and Montreal. Charlotte will be the final stop.

Burnett said you can't compare the Clelia II to the fast ferry.

"This is a world wide cruise ship that's coming in and this does not just shuttle between Rochester and Toronto," Burnett said.

Burnett said the Clelia II is built to run year round. He said can stand up to ice and operate in water as shallow as 12 feet.

When she isn't cruising in the Great Lakes the Clelia II will run voyages trough Antarctica.

Burnett said he's been working closely with the City of Rochester and Travel Dynamics International to ensure the Clelia II's maiden voyage next summer is a success.

"It's something to celebrate I think," Burnett said.

LLD makes way for Starbucks
Rochester Business Journal

LLD Enterprises, the local company behind the 92-acre shovel-ready site in Honeoye Falls, started demolishing property Wednesday at one of its two new retail developments.
Wednesday morning in Brighton, LLD began making way for a new Starbucks and other tenants at the former Rund’s Restaurant on West Henrietta Road, where an 8,000-square foot development is planned.
The company developed a similar site on Route 96 in Victor, near EastView Mall. That 8,800-square-foot site includes Metro Mattress and Sunset Hydroponics.
LLD currently is working on another retail project on Route 332 in Canandaigua: a 8,830-square-foot retail development, near Tops Markets LLC.
A local real estate brokerage firm, LLD has approximately 30 properties in New York, 13 of which are in Monroe County, and four are in Ontario County.

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Kodak gives $10M to renovate, expand UR Eastman Theatre
Rochester Business Journal
April 11, 2008
Eastman Kodak Co., building on the legacy of founder George Eastman, is giving $10 million to the University of Rochester toward a $35 million renovation and expansion of the Eastman Theatre, officials said Friday.
In honor of the gift, the performance hall will be named Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, officials said.
UR president Joel Seligman said Kodak’s support reflects an enduring partnership between the imaging giant and the UR.
“Kodak’s investment will have far-reaching benefits for the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the people of Rochester, who will enjoy an enhanced performance hall and the economic development benefits that will come from construction and an increasingly vibrant cultural district downtown,” Seligman said in a statement.
Kodak CEO Antonio Perez said the company recognizes the importance of the arts to the local economy and quality of life.
“This project will add to the rich cultural and educational vitality of our community, and help companies such as Kodak continue to offer employees not only a great place to work, but a vibrant place to live and raise their families,” he said.
Kodak’s gift comes from the company’s Rochester Economic Development Fund, created in 2004 to invest in the local community, officials said.
The 85-year-old Eastman Theatre was built by Eastman and is owned by the UR. It is used by the Eastman School and RPO, which presented its first concert there in March 1923.
“This is a defining moment,” said Eastman School dean Douglas Lowry. “That our landmark theatrical venue will bear the name of the company founded by George Eastman is truly historic. Even more, the Eastman Theatre renovation and expansion project will enhance the school as a world leader in presenting new ideas and enterprises in music teaching and performance. Undoubtedly, Kodak’s support dramatically advances that cause.”
The UR has received $13 million for the project from the state, secured in 2007 by Assemblymen Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and David Gantt, D-Rochester.
Construction is set to begin in July, with completion by early 2010. The performance hall is being renovated to remove 800 seats, leaving 2,250 total, improve acoustics and expand the lobby. A new building next to the Eastman Theatre will include a recital hall, a rehearsal hall and recording and teaching studios.
The new wing completes Eastman’s original vision for the theater, officials said.
The relationship between the UR and Kodak reaches back to the bond between then-UR president Rush Rhees and the Rochester industrialist, officials said. Eastman suggested to Rhees that the university should have a professional school of music, and he bought a struggling music institute and gave the property and corporate rights to the UR. Eastman then bought property on which a new school and theater were built and was involved in all aspects of planning and design, and stopped at the construction site daily, UR officials said.

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Add another one to the development mix. Supposedly beneath the ugly metal cladding is an attractive building. My guess is that someone will buy the Cadillac and convert that too as that is the only thing keeping that stretch of Chestnut from blossoming.

Chestnut St. condo project may be part of downtown development

A young real estate developer plans to turn the vacant office building at 65-67 Chestnut St. into high-end condominiums with street-level retail.

The redevelopment plan proposed by Matthew Wood, 27, of Rochester is just one of several private development projects under way downtown that are trying to capture a growing demand for housing in the center of the city.

"There is a significant pent-up demand for urban housing," said Heidi N. Zimmer-Meyer, president of Rochester Downtown Development Corp.

Wood's plans are preliminary — much depends on what kind of aid might be available from state and municipal sources — but he's thinking of putting 30 to 40 condos in the nine-story building, with the first two floors devoted to retail. He talked about adding a restaurant or coffee shop.

Wood's uncle and adviser, real estate agent Ted Wood, said his nephew had been looking at the building for three or four years before it came up for auction last year, coincidentally on the same day that PAETEC Holding Co. announced plans to build its headquarters on the site of Midtown Plaza.

He closed on the building, for $413,000, three weeks after ESL Federal Credit Union announced its plans to build its headquarters two blocks away on Chestnut Street. The building is also just across a side street from the Cadillac Hotel, now used to house social service clients.

"We're dead center smack in the middle of it all," said Matthew Wood, who owns a number of smaller housing projects in the city.

Indeed, 65-57 Chestnut is smack in the center of what will be a construction zone, adding both complications and cachet to the project.

One of several hurdles the project must surmount — like just about any newly redeveloped downtown building — is its current lack of parking.

"One of the first things we say is, 'Have you brought in an engineer?'" said Zimmer-Meyer. Some projects, such as the Temple Building, have created underground parking.

Ted Wood said he didn't think underground parking was an option for 67 Chestnut because of the size of the building and the number and size of the columns supporting it.

"We're looking at the potential of leasing Midtown parking," he said.

The feasibility of keeping the underground parking garage as the Midtown site is redeveloped is still being determined, but probably will be resolved by the time the Woods hope to begin construction in 2009.

Still, the building's placement presents "an unusual opportunity," Zimmer-Meyer said. "It's going to be next to PAETEC's world headquarters." It's also a short walk from Sagamore on East, a luxury condo and retail project on East Avenue, other redevelopment projects and the East End cultural district.

The Chestnut Street building is at least 58 years old, possibly older, having once been a hotel and later an office building. The Department of Motor Vehicles once occupied the partly submerged ground floor, as did a restaurant. It's been vacant for several years.

The Woods met with city officials recently to see what types of tax breaks or other incentives might be available. Ted Wood said the answers to their questions depend on how much the state budget will include for Restore NY, a state economic development program that typically helps with downtown redevelopment projects. They're also hoping to get other breaks, such as a 10-year property tax abatement.

Meanwhile, the Woods plan to get going on the design of the project — Ted Wood said two-bedroom and three-bedroom units are contemplated — and environmental reviews. Asbestos can be a deal breaker for some projects, but he said it appears that there's little in the building, as earlier renovations apparently removed asbestos-covered pipes.

Matthew Wood said he owns a number of rental properties, the largest of which is a 21-unit apartment building at 359 Alexander St. The Chestnut Street project would be his first condominium development and the largest project so far.

Zimmer-Meyer said Matthew Wood represents a second generation of downtown developers coming on the scene after developers such as Larry Glazer of Buckingham Properties have completed successful projects.

She noted one such developer, Taib Elkettani of Casablanca Properties, who is trying to rehab the Cox Building, 36-48 St. Paul St., into 91 apartments with underground parking and street-level retail. Similar projects are under way or in the planning stages for Warner Place, 72-82 St. Paul, and other locations.

This second generation of project designs incorporates multiple uses, such as retail, offices and recreation, into housing projects. These so-called "lifestyle centers" have been popular in other areas for some time, she said, and are now seen as the key to bringing back a vibrant downtown.

They replicate what perhaps accidentally came together so successfully on Gibbs Street, she said.

"What the modern customer is looking for is something 'authentic,'" Zimmer-Meyer said. Reflecting on the luxury lofts in the Sagamore and others that seek to provide unique living spaces, she said: "They give you a piece of something that a single-family house with a white picket fence on a cul-de-sac just won't give you."

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Renaissance Square workshop set
Rochester Business Journal

A public workshop on the proposed Renaissance Square development is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. April 24 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, project leaders announced Thursday.
Four design concepts will be shown. Project architects will be available to provide details and answer questions, officials said.
The project, estimated to cost $230 million, includes a bus station, a performing-arts center and a downtown campus for Monroe Community College. Its leaders are weighing the viability of the development, with a decision scheduled to be made in April 2009.

Schumer gives conditions for Renaissance Square funding
Rochester Business Journal

Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday said he will extend federal funding for Renaissance Square for only one more year unless project officials make significant progress toward implementing the proposed $230 million development.
Schumer laid out four conditions that must be met by project manager Main and Clinton Local Development Corp. for federal funding to be extended. If the conditions are not met, he said, the funding will be directed to other projects, hopefully in the Rochester area.
“Rochester-area residents have been more than patient waiting to see the vision of Renaissance Square come to fruition, and something must be done to get the shovels in the ground and construction under way,” Schumer said during a news conference at 1 Chase Plaza, across Main Street from where the project is proposed.
Nearly $19 million in federal funds are set to expire Sept. 30. Schumer, a supporter of the project, said he will try to extend the funding for another year. Additional extensions will come only if the four criteria are met.
Project managers must decide whether to proceed with the project by Jan. 31 because that is the deadline for lawmakers to submit appropriations requests, Schumer said. Managers have said they plan to decide in April 2009.
The design of the project must include a best-case and worst-case scenario because only $175 million has been secured, leaving a $55 million shortfall, he said.
Project managers must provide details on who will operate Renaissance Square, how much it will cost to run and who will support it, Schumer said.
The decision-making process must be an open process, Schumer said, noting that positive steps have been made recently to update the public.
Some $81.2 million in federal funds are committed to Renaissance Square, to include a bus station, a theater and a downtown campus for Monroe Community College.
The potential loss of some of the $19 million was first revealed two weeks ago by Rep. Louise Slaughter, a project critic, in an interview with the Rochester Business Journal.

A new downtown bakery
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Sweet Chicks Pastry Shoppe is a new bakery downtown at 17 E. Main St. In addition to homemade treats, the bakery also offers full lunches, catering, local delivery and wedding cakes, according to owners Lisa Hanlon of Rochester and Cindy Repp of Pittsford.

Payless Shoe, Scott's Hallmark decide to close with Midtown
Democrat and Chronicle

Several more Midtown Plaza tenants have chosen to close and not relocate downtown when the historic complex shuts down this summer, according to the city.

"Maybe in two or three or four years, I think it would be very beneficial to come back," said Scott McNiven, owner of Scott's Hallmark.

Planned developments, he said, should draw more people downtown. "It will be even better."

Peebles department store announced earlier this week it would not remain downtown, but planned to open a new store in Canandaigua.

The city will acquire Midtown next month and plans to close the complex to the public on Aug. 1. The parking garage will remain open until Sept. 30. The property is being razed to make way for PAETEC Holding Corp.'s new world headquarters.

Also closing is Payless Shoe Source, Hair Elite and Midtown Barber Shop & Style Center. Barber shop owner Michael Terrigino said he will join Tower Barber Shop in Chase Tower. The Coat Factory already was shuttered.

Meanwhile, of Midtown's 45 remaining tenants, at least 23 are finalizing or have signed leases within the Inner Loop. A number of them are looking at the Sibley Tower Building, city officials said.

Longtime Midtown tenants Fauna's Gifts & Vintage Toys and Whelpley & Paul Opticians will relocate to the Alliance Building on Main Street, a block away.

Starbucks to fill old restaurant's shoes
Democrat and Chronicle

In a sure sign of the times, the former Rund's Restaurant building on West Henrietta Road in Brighton was knocked down last week to make room for ... another Starbucks.

The building at West Henrietta and Brighton-Henrietta Townline roads with the distinctive green awning had been empty for some time, and it hadn't even been a Rund's in recent years. Other restaurants and bars — MacGregor's and Davinci's — had tried their hand at the location where Rund's succeeded from the 1960s into the early 1990s.

Jim Rund, who ran the restaurant until his retirement in 1992, was at the site during demolition Wednesday, taking pictures. Developer David Dworkin and business partner James August, of LLD Enterprises LLC, are planning a 7,400-square-foot building, called Townline Commons, on the site that will include a Starbucks with a drive-thru.

The property had been vacant for some time when the partners bought it in June 2007 for $390,000. Since then, they sought approvals from the town of Brighton for the project.

"We're very happy to see this," said Tom Low, Brighton's public works supervisor.

"I think it'll do well. It's certainly a busy area for employment," Low said. "You've certainly got the trade people going by to pick up their morning coffee."

The heavy traffic can be a hindrance, too, as people try to get back into traffic, but Dworkin noted that the property, at 2851 West Henrietta Road, also has an access road leading to the town line road.

Starbucks will occupy just 1,750 square feet, Dworkin said. He and August are talking with other retailers about leasing the other space. "We're designing the building to do any size of tenant" or several tenants.

Because the location is relatively close to both Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester, a business that caters to college students might be a good fit, Dworkin said. Or, the building may just appeal to a business that wants to capture some of the traffic on busy West Henrietta Road.

LLD Enterprises owns more than a dozen buildings in the area. Most of them were built for the tenants, such as the mattress and hydroponics stores on Route 96 near Eastview Mall. The company also is developing a 92-acre site in Honeoye Falls for Custom Brewcrafters and other tenants.

In the city of Rochester, LLD owns the former Button Factory in the High Falls District.
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Seneca Zoo meets the challenge; now has more than $1 million for next project
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That roar you hear may be the sound of approval from lions on their way back to the Seneca Park Zoo.

The Seneca Park Zoo Society has announced that it exceeded the fundraising necessary to qualify for a matching grant from the Riedman Foundation to help with its new Africa exhibit.

Since October 2007, the society has raised $767,141, more than meeting the requirements for the foundation gift. The Riedman Challenge Grant meant that the foundation would match, up to $500,000, what the society raised by March 31, 2008.

“I am delighted that the foundation’s first-ever challenge grant was such a resounding success,” said businessman John Riedman. “The Seneca Park Zoo is a jewel in our community and deserves strong support.”

In total, 247 individuals and corporations supported the effort, with a record number of new donors giving to the campaign.

With the matching grant, the zoo now has $1,267,141, just over one-quarter of the $4 million it is hoping to raise by next year to build the third and final phase of its “A Step Into Africa — Ngorongoro Crater Exhibit.” The funds will be restricted to the last phase of the that project.

The first phase of the Step Into Africa exhibit was the new barn, which also included expanded exterior spaces for the zoo’s African elephants, Genny C. and Lilac. It opened in 2006.

Construction on phase two, which includes a new splash pool for the elephants and a new baboon exhibit, started in 2007. They are expected to open next month.

Phase three is expected to include a lion habitat and something tentatively being called Crater Lodge, which would have a food-service facility.

Zoo spokeswoman Pam Cowan said lions were exhibited at the zoo as a visiting animal in 2002 but were last on permanent exhibit at the zoo in 1984. Groundbreaking for the lion habitat is scheduled for the fall of next year.

“The success of the Riedman Challenge brings us one step closer to reintroducing lions to our zoo and completing our new African-themed exhibit area,” said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

Some national news, we could see more vacancies in our plazas here:
Retailer bankruptcies rising
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Sagging consumer spending and tighter credit are squeezing many U.S. retailers, resulting in a growing number of bankruptcies, The New York Times reported.

Thousands of stores are closing and retail chains are curtailing operations because of the economic slowdown, the newspaper said Monday.

Eight chains -- including Levitz Furniture and The Sharper Image, which specializes in electronics -- have filed for bankruptcy protection since last fall, The Times said. The crunch is reaching out to affect larger chains, such as Linens 'n Things, a bedding and furniture retailer that operates 500 stores.

Citing people briefed on the situation, the newspaper said Linens 'n Things may file for bankruptcy this week.

Foot Locker, Ann Taylor and Zales Jewelers plan to close hundreds of stores during the coming year, the report said.

Retailers rely heavily on credit for their day-to-day operations, but Al Koch -- a vice chairman and managing director with AlixPartners, a corporate turnaround and financial advisory firm -- told the Times that U.S. banks, which have problems of their own with the mortgage crisis, are increasingly reluctant to lend money to the retail sector.

"You have the makings of a wave of significant bankruptcies," said Koch.

"For years, no deal was too ugly to finance," he said. "But now, nobody will throw money at these companies."
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Coffee shop is rebuilding Webster's old train depot
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To Kathy Turiano, coffee isn't just something you drink, it's something you experience that ultimately brings people together.

"I think coffee houses are a vital part of creating community ... and that they help to intersect our busy lives," said the 43-year-old village of Webster woman.

Her intersection point was in danger of being blocked in 2004 when a popular coffee shop, Zamar Cafe located on East Main Street in the village of Webster, decided to close its doors.

If there were two things Turiano was passionate about, they were her town and her cup of coffee.

The computer science engineer reopened the coffee shop with Dena Jones under the name Joe Bean in late 2004.

In just two and half years Turiano and Jones outgrew the facility, which seated 45.

Instead of renewing on the lease in 2007 they decided to build afresh.

As part of marketing and support for the community Joe Bean had participated in a number of events where they met Larry Frumusa, principle of Frumusa Enterprise, LLC.

"I really liked them because they were involved and community focused," said Frumusa who approached Joe Bean to be part of a $20 million development called Parkside Village that he is building at Rail Road Street and Route 250.

Joe Bean would rebuild the old train depot that has been abandoned since 1964.

Frumusa is also the developer of the Webster Holiday Inn and Express located at Hotel Road and 104; and also Scenic Village Apartment Homes at Route 250 and 104.

According to Willard Barham, the building inspector for the village of Webster, the train depot was used by farmers and merchants who could not ship goods by way of the Erie Canal, New York Central and Hudson Railroad.

As it stands today, the building is in extremely poor condition, "but you have to look at it with vision," said Turiano

"We're ecstatic," added Barham.

"With today's economy slowing down everywhere, they're giving us something that we can be proud of that marries history with the present."

Remodeling the old train depot is the first building that will be completed for Parkside Village.

The village of Webster's historical society had a lot to do with the overall design of the new Joe Bean structure, which will highlight certain elements of the old train depot that include its high beams, windows, wooden planks, slanted roof and cornices.

Frumusa estimates the project will cost $350,000, and will be breaking ground early May.

Total space for the coffee shop would be 3,000-square-feet, enough for Turiano and Jones to create the coffee experience they've always wanted. A bigger building would also allow them to bring coffee roasting on site. They have been roasting beans at an interim building.

Ben Turiano, Kathy Turiano's son, is one of the roasters.

"There's a lot of science that goes into roasting," said the 19-year-old who switched career paths from graphic artist to hospitality management based on his excitement in his mom's venture.

"What I like about it is that each profile we change brings about a different flavor that can't be learned from a book."

Joe Bean is creating a niche for itself by using organic and exotic coffee beans, most of which comes from Third World countries such as Ethiopia, Guatemala, Sumatra and Brazil.

They're moving their coffee line to coffee beans purchased under fair trade agreements.

"For us it's an ethical thing because when you're giving your heart and soul to something you want to make sure it benefits the famers and growers you purchase from," said Turiano.

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Brownfields cleanup pits Duffy vs. Yonkers mayor
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The mayors of Rochester and Yonkers find themselves poles apart in the debate over how to clean up contaminated former industrial sites known as "brownfields."

In debate that resumed at the Capitol this week, Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy backs a proposal by Gov. David Paterson to cap the amount of benefits that can be awarded to a developer so that more sites can be cleaned up with existing state funds.

But Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone wants the program, which has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to only a few developers in the past few years, to be left alone.

The two sides last week called what is essentially a 90-day truce while they try to work out a deal. The Assembly and Senate are expected to unveil their own competing plans this week.

Under a law passed in 2003, developers can recover up to 22 percent of the cost of a project through tax credits if part of that project involves cleaning up some contaminated land.

The problem has been that only a few expensive projects — including the new Ritz Carlton Hotel project in White Plains — have eaten up hundreds of millions of dollars.

In fact, the first 25 to 30 projects approved under the program ate up close to $1 billion in tax credits, said state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis.

"We never anticipated this," Grannis said. "And there's no way in the world we can keep doing this." The state allocates about $150 million a year to offset the credits.

The state has stopped accepting more projects into the program and is facing lawsuits from developers who claim that since they qualify for the benefits they should get them.

Grannis helped to craft a plan backed by Paterson that would limit the credits to a maximum of $15 million per project, and would set new ground rules to try to direct the savings to depressed areas with high unemployment.

"We're pushing against high-end developers who see the end of the gravy train," he said.

But rather than high-end developers who might be hurt, Amicone sees the redevelopment of his city being put at risk. The existing program is a key to a $1.6 billion proposal that would create a new downtown center. He said it could be killed if the brownfield credits are changed.

"I understand the state is concerned about the fiscal implications of the existing program," he said in testimony before a legislative committee last fall. "Large credits will be provided to developers if the program remains as it is. However, I am here to explain that this program needs to be viewed as an investment program for the state's future."

Amicone has at least an important ally on his side: Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chairman Carl Marcellino, R-Nassau County.

"You can't do this kind of work on the cheap," he said. Generous subsidies are needed to lure developers into projects where cleanups are required, he added, and the payoff will be more jobs and more tax receipts.

"The governor's office is being shortsighted," he added.

His counterpart in the Assembly, Environmental Conservation Committee Chairman Robert Sweeney, D-Suffolk County, has kinder words to say about the Paterson plan.

"It serves as an excellent starting point for a brownfield reform proposal," he said, adding that the $15 million cap "may be a bit too low. We may want to bump it up a bit."

The two lawmakers said they will release details of their proposals next week.

A change is needed and soon, said Duffy, the Rochester mayor.

"Unlike downstate, we have many properties that will not be redeveloped without some tax credits," he said. "We need to limit how much any one project can get so that the many potential sites in Rochester and other upstate cities can be dealt with."

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It sounds like another negative hippie rag.
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I never knew this existed:

It sounds like another negative hippie rag.
Very interesting. It looks like it has two writers, one of which being Chris Wilmot. He's clearly airing a little dirty laundry due to his lost investment in the Rhinos, but it makes for an interesting read.
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Has anyone ever thought about a Buffalo to Rochester train service?

It would save time, money, and be a good way to bring the cities together.
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Has anyone ever thought about a Buffalo to Rochester train service?

It would save time, money, and be a good way to bring the cities together.
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Wrecking ball poised over West Ridge Road dumps
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Wrecking balls and bulldozers will spring to action in the next few weeks to level a line of boarded-up houses and make way for new development on a stretch of West Ridge Road.

The nearly two dozen houses, many of which have been vacant for nearly three years, have fallen into such disrepair that the town officials cracked down on developers late last month, threatening court action if the buildings were not razed or made habitable again.

At issue are more than two dozen rapidly deteriorating houses sandwiched between car dealerships on the south side of West Ridge Road between Manitou and Elmgrove roads. Most are owned by Benderson Development and Farash Corp, which acquired the buildings beginning in 2005 to help pave the way for a 125-acre complex that would include a 185,000 square-foot Wal-Mart, other businesses and 217 units of senior housing.

Developers say they were planning to take down the buildings anyway. They said they didn't need the prodding from the town but did need a break in the weather.

"We were already in the process of looking at the viability of removing the houses and getting that started" when the town notified Benderson and Farash that the structures needed to get fixed or go, said Don Robinson, Benderson's senior vice president. "We ultimately decided the houses had been vacant so long and some vandalism had occurred, so it would be better for us to just clean up the property."

Not a done deal
The Benderson/Farash development is in limbo right now, awaiting a final decision from the Greece Town Board over whether to rezone the land from residential to commercial. Without the zoning change, the project, so far called Southwestern Commons, can't go forward. An environmental impact review of the proposal is under way and will likely be complete within weeks. But even if the board grants the rezoning, Benderson and Farash will still have to gain approval for the project from the Planning Board.

On the north side of West Ridge Road, developers The DiMarco Group built a Kohl's department store in 2004. The company now wants to build an additional 300,000 square feet of retail space on 67 nearby acres. Hampton Ridge Center — envisioned as an upscale retail center — also requires rezoning; The Town Board is considering the request.

Gary Tajkowski, Greece's director of development services, said The DiMarco Group owns a handful of vacant houses on that property, and is already finalizing demolition permits required to raze those buildings.

John DiMarco II, president of The DiMarco Group, said those houses should be leveled within the next 30 days.

"They're really unsightly, quite frankly," he said. "We understand the concerns of the town and when they did make a request to us to do something about them we thought it reasonable to go through the process and clean the area up."

Benderson's Robinson said his company kept their houses intact for so long out of concern that the land won't end up rezoned.

"If the project doesn't go forward, we felt we'd need to make use of the properties as residential," he said. "But if we have to revert to residential use, we'll just be starting from scratch."

Neither developer would say which retailers their projects may attract, other than the planned Wal-mart at Southwestern Commons.

Tajkowski said there's "still a long way to go" before decisions come down about the zoning requests.

Final plans for the projects won't be submitted unless the zoning goes through.

Shabby, not chic
Tajkowski said the town couldn't do anything about the privately owned properties just because they were eyesores and had to wait until there were specific violations of town code before stepping in.

"We don't have the ability to legislate aesthetics so if something simply appears shabby there's not a lot we can do about it," he said. "But when it goes beyond a shabby appearance and there are things wrong with the structure, like a roof starting to fail or windows that aren't secure anymore we do have things on the books we can do to get the property owner to put the structures back in compliance" with town law.

Faded "no trespassing" signs are nailed to the fronts of the homes and warped pieces of particle board cover most of the doors and windows. Paint is peeling and driveways are cracked.

In some of the overgrown yards, piles of broken glass prove vandals have visited.

At one house, the breezeway is open to the elements, with rotting piles of damp gray-green ceiling tiles molding on a linoleum floor.

Tatters of fiberglass insulation and torn plastic bags intertwine in old front hedges.

In one back yard, what was once an inground swimming pool is now a gaping maw in the earth ringed by a shredded blue liner. A puddle of black water sits in the bottom, abuzz with insects.

Robinson said the homes should be demolished within the next 90 days. Crews for his company started working earlier this month in the buildings to check for asbestos and prep for tear-down.

A small professional building at 4231 W. Ridge Road will not be affected by the demolition. Those businesses, Hilbert Realty and Invisible Fence of Western Rochester, will remain open.

When Dave Stutzman of Parma moved his Stutzman's Guitar Center in 1977 to a converted home at 4405 West Ridge Road, he didn't expect it to take developers nearly 30 years to come calling at his end of the road.

"It's a great place to do business," he said.

His shop abuts the western edge of the Benderson/Farash property and he lives nearby on Manitou Road. He's watched the houses begin to crumble and is glad they're coming down.

"This spring, they're certainly starting to show the deterioration more than they have in the past," he said. "I guess I don't understand why they haven't come down before."

DiMarco said the homes on his properties should be gone by the end of the month, with the exception of an old cobblestone for which the Greece Historical Committee is trying to find a use.

"Our goal is to develop that area and make it look really nice," he said. "Our commitment is to try to get that corridor to really look like a modern retail development."

Stutzman said he's looking forward to both the Shops at Hampton Ridge and Southwestern Commons.

"There will be new shopping, restaurants, banks and all kinds of good things here for the people of Greece," he said. "I think both developments will be a good thing for the town and all the businesses along West Ridge Road."

Webster shop moves to 'upscale' village
Democrat and Chronicle

The owners of a Webster boutique are making a statement not only with their merchandise, but the location of their budding business.

Jennifer Vacchetto and Kim DeBole recently decided to move their clothing store, 2 Lovely, from Ridge Road in the town of Webster to a storefront at 26 E. Main St. in the village.

These two friends, who share a passion for fashion and live next door to each other in Penfield, said they believed they were getting in "on the ground floor" of a new era in the village.

Vacchetto explained that 2 Lovely is in a block of buildings recently purchased by Neil and Eric Bauman of Webster. The father and son owned a popular comedy and entertainment Web site called eBaum's World until they sold it recently to HandHeld Entertainment.

Now they have decided to invest some of their profits in their hometown.

Vacchetto said she and DeBole are excited about the Bauman's plans for renovation of the property they have purchased.

DeBole said that the new plans will transform the village into "something upscale, like Pittsford and Fairport."

At 2 Lovely, Vacchetto and DeBole are doing everything they can to carry out this new upscale image. Their shop's windows and interior are elegantly decorated and the women's clothing, jewelry and accessories are sophisticated and chic.

"We offer something different than the malls," commented DeBole. "We want to help women make a fashion statement."

Karen Donohue of Penfield, who recently discovered 2 Lovely, said these two entrepreneurs have the fashion and business sense to be successful.

"They are friendly and down-to-earth," said Donohue, "and they have created a great shopping experience here."

Clarix doing one thing and doing it well
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Rising sales have company looking to add workers.
One of the fundamentals of salesmanship is to have a variety of products to offer. If customers don't want your Fuller brushes, maybe they'll take your encyclopedias.

But a Perinton sales firm is finding increasing success moving one product only — software for online training and Web conferencing.

Clarix Technologies Inc. today employs 25, and expects to have 40 by year's end, mostly working to sell Adobe Acrobat Connect, said President Gary Whitaker.

California software giant Adobe Systems Inc., with revenues of $3.2 billion in 2007, sells most of its products through catalogs and retail establishments, said Senior Product Marketing Manager David Slater.

But selling specialized products like Connect takes a particularly knowledgeable sales force and can require complex support — areas outside Adobe's business strengths, Slater said.

Adobe now has a small number of dedicated resellers nationwide, with Clarix the biggest of them, he said.

"Every one of Gary's sales reps is as good as Adobe's sales reps," Slater said.

Whitaker has had a technology-related sales command since the mid 1990s, though it has gone through a number of names and products.

The Adobe work started when Whitaker had contacts in MacroMedia, which had a product, Breeze, for online management. After selling for San Francisco's MacroMedia, the company pitched the idea of Whitaker's firm being a dedicated MacroMedia representative. About that same time, in 2005, Adobe was making a move to buy MacroMedia.

Focusing solely on MacroMedia's Breeze, which became Connect, represented a business niche, Whitaker said.

With the cost of travel increasing, he said, "we thought we were going to catch the wave of this market of corporate training and communications online."

In its first year with Adobe, Clarix did about $7 million in sales — nearly three times what Adobe had expected, Whitaker said. This year, the company expects sales of $10 million to $12 million, said head of operations Paul Watkins.

And when Connect inevitably is replaced by some other, better product on the market, Watkins said, the company will focus that same business model on something else.

"We can take another hot product ... that requires some product knowledge," he said. "With this business model, we can take this to Adobe or another company."

I also found this:

"Did You Know...Rochester is the home of Jolt Cola, Marshmallows, Jell-O, and French's Mustard."
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Record Archive Moves to New Location

The Record Archive celebrates National Record Store day with the grand opening of its new store on Rochester’s Rockwood Street Saturday.

The event includes an all day live music extravaganza, free food, and prizes.

The Record Archive recently closed its store on East Avenue and moved to nearby Rockwood Street to make way for the Wegman’s expansion project.

Holy crap! East Ave Wegmans may be moving forward!
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Holy crap! East Ave Wegmans may be moving forward!
Yeah, I heard a rumor that they've come to an agreement with M&T, which was the last major outstanding obstacle. Although, then again, I don't get why they'd need that space, unless it's for parking. So, who knows. I know Wegmans tends to go a project at a time, and the Dome Arena Wegmans is probably their focus right now, but perhaps this is on deck.
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So my mom got a call from my aunt today going crazy because she had to turn the AC on in April in Rochester because it was almost 90 degrees? I wonder if Al Gore was in town? It wasn't even 80 here today.

I'm also curious to know if anyone who checks the D&C website regularly has the same issue I do...of it taking forever to load, and even longer to be active (can't click on the links to read the stories). It's been like that for me ever sinced they totally changed the layout and look of the page and it is making me mad because I still like to know what's going on in good ole' Rochacha. I'll be there in June btw and psyched about it.
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No problems for me with the D&C website, probably depends on your browser or computer. Anyways it was officially 86 degrees today, which was a record breaking temp...something like 1868 was the record year and 84 i believe was the record temp.
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I'm also curious to know if anyone who checks the D&C website regularly has the same issue I do...of it taking forever to load, and even longer to be active (can't click on the links to read the stories). It's been like that for me ever sinced they totally changed the layout and look of the page and it is making me mad because I still like to know what's going on in good ole' Rochacha. I'll be there in June btw and psyched about it.

The D and C moved slow for me as well, but then I turned off my phishing filter and now its smooth. You just have to tweak your browser. Do you use IE or FF?

Nice pic of a reflection in the Blue Cross Arena windows.

I recommend all of you picking up the latest Rochester Business Journal. There was a nice article about the Lofts at Capron opening:


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nice pics...I use eathernet cable...its either that or the crappy wifi they have in my dumpy old dorm building. Great internet connection isn't much of an option here unfortunatley.
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Not huge or surprising news but from what I understand, Clear Channel will be staying "downtown" when they're forced out of the Euclid Building at Midtown. They'd be a nice tenant for any building at roughly 30,000 square feet. They are looking at three different locations. My guess is Chase Tower since it's the only Class A space downtown with that much contiguous available room.
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