YUP July 9, 2014

This Saturday: Bikes Beer & Buildings Scavenger Hunt

YUP-BBB-poster-002-small-revLast chance to register!

Grab 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 Bar & 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!

>>Register now!

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At Risk Again: 660 West Main St.

660WMainphoto 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

>>Visit our website for complete details.

Save the date!

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis
Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

On Friday, August 1st, the YUPs will host a special celebration at The Landmark Society’s historic site in downtown Rochester, St. Joseph’s Park. For many years, the Park has been locked and closed to the public due to deferred maintenance needs. This summer, The Landmark Society has been making some of these repairs and soon we’ll be ready to re-open the gates at St. Joseph’s Park and welcome the public back in!

Join the YUPs on August 1st as we celebrate the re-opening of St. Joseph’s Park! Save the date and stay tuned for additional details.

Email Caitlin Meives if you’re interested in helping plan this event.

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