July 9, 2014 Landmark Alerts

YUP presents: Bikes, Beer & Buildings Scavenger Hunt this Saturday

YUP-BBB-poster-002-small-revGrab your bikes, your smart phone, a few friends and join the Young Urban Preservationists (or YUPs—a group of The Landmark Society) for Rochester’s first bike scavenger hunt, followed by a few well-deserved drinks at LUX Lounge. You’ll see some of Rochester’s best known gems and little known secrets, you’ll get some exercise, and you might even learn something new about the Flower City.

Saturday, July 12th | Meet @ Star Alley (662 South Ave. in the S. Wedge) at 12:30 PM | Teams of 1-4 | $5/person | First beer (after the hunt) is on us!

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Full Moon Flashlight Fun at Stone-Tolan!


This summer, weather permitting, we will be having two nights of our fun-filled (great for the whole family!) Full Moon Flashlight Tours at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site.  Join us on Tuesday July 15 and Tuesday August 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM to explore the historic site, play vintage lawn games, and enjoy stories & games around the campfire. We’ll have complimentary popcorn, s’mores kits and cold beverages will be available for purchase.

Admission is $15.00 per family ($12 for Landmark family members), $6.00 ($5 members) for individuals attending solo or with a buddy.

Tuesday, July 15th | 7:00-8:30 PM | 2370 East Ave.
Tuesday, August 12th | 7:00-8:30 PM | 2370 East Ave.

At Risk: 660 West Main St.


photo courtesy Mike Governale, Rochester Subway

The vacant church building at 660 West Main St. in the city of Rochester (formerly the home of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and subsequently the Liederkranz Club) is again at risk and we need your help. Under the City of Rochester’s Zoning Code, 660 West Main is a Designated Building of Historic Value (DBHV). City Code prohibits the demolition of a DBHV, however, property owners can apply for a variance from the code to allow demolition. In November, 2012, the owner applied for such a variance, proposing to replace it with a generic new construction (a sideways strip mall) that would house a Dollar General. The ZBA denied that application. The owner has now filed another application for demolition and proposes to replace the historic building with a new single story commercial building.

The City’s Zoning Board of Appeals will consider the application for a variance to allow demolition of a DBHV next Thursday, July 17th. Please consider attending the hearing or submitting written comments:

  • Attend the Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing
    Thursday, July 17
    Arrive by 11:30-12 p.m.
    (This is the last item on the agenda, case #12. Case 8 will begin at 11:30.)
    City Hall – 3rd floor, City Council Chambers
  • Submit written comments by July 16:
    Jill Symonds, City of Rochester, Bureau of Planning & Zoning, 30 Church Street, Room 125B, Rochester, NY 14612
    or Jill.Symonds@CityofRochester.gov

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