NBN6 Meeting Notes 5/18/15
2. RFD CERT Presentation – Lt. Jason Bagley
Open House at the fire station last Saturday was a success Vegetation drying out this time of year can cause brush fires; reminder to keep yard waste away from your house. Average response time so far this year is 4:48 (national standard is 8 minutes).
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains community members on fire prevention strategies, preparation to put out small fires, rescue trapped people, provide basic medical assistance, bridge the gap until professionals arrive on the scene, handle fire, storm & inclement weather situations. If anyone is interested in receiving the training, which is held on weeknight evenings, let Lt. Jason Bagley know. He can be reached at 428-3697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How are people identified? A: CERT trained members wear bright neon vests to identify them
3. RPD & NSC – The Reorganization, Meet new personnel
Nancy Johns-Price gave final clarification point on the Neighborhood Service Center boundaries:
-Upper Mount Hope and Mount Hope Avenue went entirely over to the Southwest NSC office; every other area in Sector 6 is still being serviced by Southeast NSC office
-If there’s any confusion, you can call either NSC office and you will be redirected to the right place if needed
-There is a document that breaks the re-organization map down street by street that is available and will be attached to the minutes
-Maps are also available on the City of Rochester website
South Wedge / Central Section – Car beat 229 Lt. Rob Wilson is the lieutenant in this section
Crime report for last month: 2 street robberies both on Averill (suspect in custody); 8 larcenies most involving unsecured property so please use caution; spray painting of billboard on South Ave.; domestic & sexual assaults in South Ave Tower
A: Are you aware of the large student parties happening on Cypress & Mt. Hope A: We are aware and working on that
Lilac / Azalea / Highland Park / Swillburg / Goodman Section – Car Beat 265 Lt. Frank Alberti is the Neighborhood Service Center lieutenant in this section
7 total car beats in the Goodman section
The new model is designed for officers to get to know people and provide better community policing (e.g. the same officer works the same car beat for 4 days consecutively)
Crime report last month: Burglaries on Oakland, Asbury, Reservoir & Mt. Vernon
Q: Any leads on the Al Sigl Center break-in? A: Still under investigation, no arrests have been made
Q: Anything to report on for the Lilac Festival? A: There were no major incidents, we had more police presence; there was a break up of a congregation of people on South Ave.
C: There were many incidents reported by neighbors of people urinating and defecating on their property; definitely feels an uptick of uncivil behavior R: It’s so important that you call 3-1-1 and report it, because that will drive our deployment of officers into the neighborhood
Upper Mt. Hope / Mt. Hope Ave. / Genesee Section – Car Beat 263 CPOs Carl Dickerson and Andy DiMaria came representing this section; a representative from this section will come to this meeting but have another one at 6:00 so hoping to be first on the agenda
Crime report last month: Genesee Bakery on Mt. Hope Ave. was recently robbed
Q: In-laws live at Erie Harbor and have tried to report loose dogs on the riverwalk and have been told that because of their address, it cannot be reported A: Yes, there’s a limitation to our system to input addresses, but we will look into a fix for that
4. Barcade – Jeff Ching & Brian Van Etten
Business partners, native Rochesterians that have returned from Boston and other places; have lived in Swillburg area, excited to embrace the young culture burgeoning here in Rochester; Jeff owns the Owl House Restaurant.
Renovating 820 S. Clinton (the old church on the corner of Meigs & S. Clinton) There are 3 different aspects of “The Playhouse” (reference to the building’s former use as a theatre playhouse):
1) “The Swillburger” restaurant, modern approach to the classic American burger joint; locally sourced foods, focus on vegetarian and gluten free options
2) “The Barcade” – throwback to a classic arcade with video games, custom tokens, quarter games, pinball machines, tabletop shuffleboard; family friendly during the day
3) Craft beer & cocktail bar – local & national microbrews; not pursuing entertainment license 3 with live music
Hoping to establish a long-term business, work with the neighbors, have a trouble-free establishment. There are also two offices inside the building that are already occupied. Have signed a 5 year lease and are hoping to eventually buy the building from current owner John Trickey.
Q: What’s the parking situation? Concerned about congestion with all the other businesses already around there. A: Parking will be available at Georgie’s, the South Wedge Diner and the plumbing business across the street. Will make a great effort to direct people to the 40 legal street parking spots on the bridge.
Q: When will you open? A: We’re finishing renovations and hoping to open in the July timeframe
Q: Is there any other meeting space? There are two mezzanines that fit about 20 pp each that may be available to rent for special events
Q: What’s the restaurant occupancy? A: Not sure yet (will have to wait for the fire marshal to make that call), but there will be seating for about 25 pp
5. Community Sharing
-Sadly, Crossroads Coffee House closed a few weeks ago, a great loss to the neighborhood
-No updates available on Highland Market but Nancy J-P will find out the status/timing of the opening
-Highland Hospital update (provided in writing following the meeting):
Highland Hospital has accepted an offer on the 27 Bellevue property and the closing is expected within the next couple of months. The new Highland Building Addition project has filed all materials needed for the Certificate of Need from the NYS State Dept. of Health. Construction will begin once approval is received from the state. Approval is expected this summer and construction on the project will then commence. The hospital is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on June 1st at 10:30 a.m. The event is employee-focused, but media will be invited to attend. Steering committee members have also been invited. Neighbors may see some media coverage on the event. A public event will be held when the building is completed. Once construction begins, it is estimated that it will take 12-18 months to complete. The hospital is working through a Planned Development re-zoning with the City of Rochester. No more projects such as the new building addition will be approved under the current zoning. To assist with the process, HOLT Architects has been hired to work with Hospital officials. The Neighborhood Steering Committee is already providing input about the neighborhood’s character and list of priorities/concerns during the early stages of this next phase of the Highland master plan. This phase focuses on taking a closer look at the hospital campus footprint over a period of 25 years. As the process moves forward, neighborhood constituency groups will be presented to, and asked for formal input, that will be taken into account as part of the PD process with the City. Once a schedule is developed later this fall, NBN6 should expect that hospital officials will request meeting time. The hospital recently held a presentation on “good neighbor relations” with Highland’s management team. During the meeting, hospital administrators discussed concerns related to smoking and discarded cigarette butts, incentivizing carpooling, and behaviors among all employees that are in alignment with the ICARE values. Managers are being asked to reinforce a good neighbor policy with their employees.