NBN6 Oct 19 2015 Meeting Notes

NBN6 Meeting Notes

Monday October 19, 2015


Facilitator: Sue O’Neil

Refreshments:  Mary Staropoli (NeighborGood Grant)

Notes:  Mary Staropoli


  1. Introductions    


  1. Report from Rochester Police Department 



Crime activity since last NBN6 meeting:

-Street robbery on Mt. Vernon @ 2am

-4 burglaries and 1 attempted burglary (Rockingham, Mt Vernon, Oakland & Stuart & South Ave)

Still working on getting crime data reports straightened out to provide you with the detailed information by the new section geography.

Goodman section officers currently working out of the Clinton section; the plan had been to open a new Goodman section headquarters with officers located in the neighborhood to implement community policing. Just informed there will be no money this fiscal year (ending June 2016) for a new Goodman section headquarters. Humboldt St., Carlson Rd. & Culver/Atlantic were being looked at for location possibilities and hoping those locations may still be available when they get to move forward with relocation.


GENESEE SECTION (Mt. Hope area):

Crime activity since last NBN6 meeting:

-Mt. Hope street robbery on Langslow St. @ 10pm

-E. Henrietta Rd. shed burglary

Genesee & Lake sections are currently sharing space on Jay St. in the Lake section. They have also been informed there will be no funds to open a Genesee Section headquarters this fiscal year.


DOWNTOWN SECTION (South Wedge/S. Clinton):

Crime activity since last NBN6 meeting:

-Stolen vehicles on South Ave. (2)

-Burglaries on Cypress, Hamilton, Averill

-Vehicle larceny & petty larceny incidents on Averill


  1. Report from Neighborhood Service Center Administrators


SOUTHEAST (Nancy Johns Price):

A public service ad promoting traffic calming appeared in the last issue of City Newspaper. The Voice of the Citizen initiative is a collaboration with Reconnect Rochester that includes “Streets for the People” and “Pace Car” campaigns. The public service ad will run several more times.


Q:  Why is grass growing out of the storm drains?

A:  Email Nancy and she can send you to the right person at the County to talk to



Reviewed RPD Section & Beat Boundaries map for the Central section (his jurisdiction).

Last week there was a holiday lighting at Mt. Hope & CollegeTown, which was a great community event.

The City is reviewing terms of snow removal for enhancement district around CollegeTown and clarifying that the City will do snowplowing but ice or snow removal will still need to be done by business owners in front of their shops.

The Southwest NSC is working on signs & transparency issues on local businesses (426 of them so far) and addressing non-compliance. Taking before and after photos to show the difference it is making.


Q:  Are you addressing the sidewalk signs?

A: You can only do that with a special permit for 60-90 days and that is being addressed as part of the initiative.


Q:  What’s happening with the Munchies food truck on Mt. Hope Ave.? The properties where it’s parked are being sold and the truck is just sitting there.

A:  We are addressing a complaint about that, not sure the status, I will check and let you (Lisa Regan) know.


  1. Highland Park South Update, Larry Staub             


Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) had occupied the building since the 1950’s. The building had fallen into disrepair and needed millions of dollars to upgrade. CCE chose to re-locate since they didn’t have the funds to invest in the building. The building was owned by the County and there was a deed that if CCE vacated (which they did), it would go back to the County.  Decision was made to demolish it this fall. The demolition went very smoothly.

The County successfully petitioned to have the building land designated as parkland, which was an important for its future use as part of the park. Grass seed has been laid on the site and grass will appear in the spring.

The County will begin a Highland Park South Master Plan at the beginning of 2016. There will be 2-3 public meetings that will be widely publicized as an opportunity for neighbors to give input. The Master Plan will include the entirety of the south part of the park, not just the old building site.


Q:  Will there be a special opportunity for NBN6 leaders to give input at one of our meetings?

A:  We will consider that if it makes sense.


Q: Will it be more than just additional parking and consistent with the Olmsted design?

A: We’re approaching it with an open mind and we’d certainly like for it to be used for more than parking.


  1. Business Association Updates


Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA) – Rose O’Keefe

BASWA is a 501c3 non-profit with a board made up primarily of business owners. Regular meetings are held on 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 6pm at 357 Gregory St. BASWA is a VERY active organization with tremendous amount of activity; a few highlights are:

-South Wedge Quarterly magazine has been published 5x/year for the last 3 yrs

-Clean Sweep participation

-Third Thursday Concerts in Star Alley from May – October

-Rochester Real Beer Expo event in June

-Harvest Hootenanny event in Sept

-South Wedgeucation event in Sept

-Upkeep of the SW business directory map at the clock tower

-Night of the Living Wedge pub crawl event

-It’s a Wonderful Life holiday festival in Dec

-Maintenance of public spaces like Star Alley

-Maintenance of community parking lot

-Maintenance and beautification (planters, benches, public art)

-And much more


Mount Hope Business Association (MHBA) – Melanie Warren

-MHBA has been very busy with CollegeTown

-New apartments/lofts are full

-Many new businesses have moved in and more are still coming

-Current focus on branding and advertising, including banners on the avenue

-Trying to let the public know about the free parking in the back to encourage them to shop at CollegeTown

-Trying to get the word out about Constantino’s grocery store

-Getting ready for the holidays with holiday lighting on the trees

-Working very closely with UR and Mount Hope Task Force (believe it pays to work with them and not against them)

-Advocating for new CVS on Crittenden to NOT be a 24 hour operation; not sure what’s going into the old CVS location


South Clinton Merchants Association (SCMA) – Sarah Farmer                         

-Huge efforts to build the association up and try to change the perceptions, encourage our neighbors to enjoy what the Avenue has to offer

-Lots of exciting development that has changed the landscape – Buckingham’s Cub Room & Edge of the Wedge, McMann’s Meat Market, etc.

-SCMA works closely with Highland Planning LLC who provide street manager services

-“S. Clinton Goes Batty” event coming up this weekend and hoping it will be bigger and better than last year’s first time event

-Sending regular mailers to thousands of neighbors highlighting new businesses and special events on the Avenue


  1. Highland Hospital Landscape Plan Public Meeting, Judy Lee Hay


-Special (drop-in) meeting to talk about the landscaping surrounding Highland Hospital will be held Thursday, Oct 22, 5:30-7:30 here at Olmsted Lodge. Stop by and give your input!


  1. Community Sharing      

-Swillburg held a wonderful event last week to celebrate the defeat of the proposal years ago to build an expressway through the neighborhood; celebration that citizens do make a difference!

-Highland Park & Swillburg are hosting a meeting tomorrow night here at Olmsted Lodge @ 7pm with City Assessor Tom Huonker to discuss the expected 10-15% property tax assessment increases in our neighborhoods

-Highland Park & Swillburg are also working together to keep an eye on the sale and development of the parcel of land on S. Goodman & Karges Place near 490

-Cypress/Linden neighbors had a joint block party at Episcopal Church Home

-In the Lilac Neighborhood, Furman Crescent had a 40th anniversary block party

-Highland branch library is still closed, but lots going on at the Monroe Branch and Wheatley (Cornhill) so please check out what those branches have to offer

–RPD is having a gun buy back program on Whitney St. on Sat Nov 7, 12-5pm…please spread the word!


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