News September 11, 2015

The attached document contains neighborhood news including:
~ Next meeting for the Upper Mt. Hope Neighborhood
~ Highland Park Neighborhood – “Taste of the Neighborhood”
~ Construction work on Crittenden Blvd.
~ Consumer Credit Counseling seminar
~ Urban Wellness Summit
~ Highland Park Conservancy Tour
~ Free Garden Clean-up for Senior Citizens

News 9-11-15

The fall NBN6 meetings will take place at the Olmsted Lodge 171 Reservoir Ave. at 5:30 pm on:
Monday September 14, 2015
Monday October 19, 2015 – delayed one week due to Columbus Day
Monday November 9
Monday December 14


NBN6 Agenda September 14, 2015

Olmsted Lodge – Highland Park – 171 Reservoir Ave

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Reverend Judy Lee Hay

Refreshments: Joan Lindberg, NeighborGood Grant

1. Introductions 5:30 – 5:35

2. Report from Rochester Police Department 5:35 – 5:50

3. Report from Neighborhood Service Center Administrators

Nancy Johns Price, David Hawkes 5:50 – 6:05

4. Highland Hospital Update on Construction and the Process for the Planned

Development District – Lisa Thompson and Mike Zanghi 6:05 – 6:25

5. South Wedge Planning Committee Inc., SEAC, Farmer’s Market

John Page 6:25 – 6:40

6. Swillburg Celebration “The Little Pig That Could” – Judy Hay 6:40 – 6:45

7. Community Sharing 6:45 – 7:00

NBN6 News August 21, 2015

News 8-21-15 Community Update 081315
Please see the attached document for news about:
* The closure of the Highland Branch Library for renovations,
* Jordan Health Back to School Bash,
* Genesee Transportation Council Meeting
* Swillburg’s 40th Anniversary of the “Salvation of Swillburg” Celebration.


Please see the attached document from Crime Prevention Officer Michelle Velez.

Rochester, NY Police Department
East Division/SE NSC
320 N. Goodman Street Suite 209
Rochester, NY 14607
585-428-7668 (office) 585-428-7641 (fax)

NBN6 June 8 2015 Meeting Notes

NBN6 Meeting Minutes June 8, 2015


Introduction of participants

Rochester Police Department

Genesee Captain McMullen was introduced. His philosophy is “Let’s keep it simple”, to reduce crime, and to intercede where police can such as barking dogs to improve quality of life. The Genesee Section now includes the University of Rochester and Mt. Hope Avenue. The Mt. Hope car beat number is 263.

  • A question was raised concerning traffic enforcement on Mt. Hope Avenue. A meeting was held with neighbors at City Hall regarding North bound traffic on Mt. Hope. The police agreed to a weekly two-hour dedicated traffic control. In peek times lots of University of Rochester staff and students were stopped for going over the speed limit. Police reached out to the University which made an effort through electronic media and news items to educate students and staff regarding the speed limit on Mt. Hope.
  • Are you responsible for enforcing crosswalks, for example Rockingham and Goodman St where cars do not stop for pedestrians? The Captain answered that is an enforceable issue, yet is a low priority unless several complaints have been heard. Officer Velez reported that the sign on Goodman has been knocked over by school buses. Other crosswalks have been violated such as the one across from Mt. Hope Cemetery. A sign appeared two weeks during the Lilac Festival but was taken down after the festival. The Captain indicated that the Neighborhood Service Centers are the place to lodge complaints since it involved different departments that need to be coordinated. It is a labor-intensive issue but they are now on notice.

Crime Prevention South East – Officers Garth Mitchell aand Michelle Velez

  • The Chief of Police had his car keyed twice.
  • Burglary at 915 South Avenue, copper stolen, no arrests.
  • Incidents on the Genesee Greenway Trail need to be reported to 911 with the nearest available landmark, for instance—behind Time Warner 71 Mt. Hope, or to use cell phone coordinates.
  • The Southeast NSC is working to address the issue of public urination on South Clinton Avenue.

Crime Prevention Downtown Section Officer Vincent Agnone 585-428-6880

  • The beat covers South to Linden and Mt. Hope
  • 300 Gregory St. larceny in vehicle, arrest made
  • 500 South Avenue harassment-arrest made
  • 200-300 Mt. Hope GPS devices stolen
  • 300 South Avenue bike stolen
  • Gregory Street house break-in-$20 stolen

Neighborhood and Business Development- Baye Muhammad

  • Commissioner Muhammad introduced himself. The last four years he served as head to Parks and Recreation in Syracuse, NY
  • Views his position as a partnership between public service and the community. He’s been here two months on the job. It’s an exciting time to be in Rochester for the Rochester citizens are engaged and active in their communities.
  • From your two months on the job what do you see as the major challenges for the neighborhoods? Parts of the city have strong, engaged citizens which contributes to strong neighborhoods. In other parts of the city people have no education, or jobs that has made investment by the citizens more difficult. The city needs a balance and a way to educate citizens on how to effect change in their community. His contact information: 585-428-8801

South West Community Service Center David Hawkes

  • Has worked for the city for 30 years. Prior to that served in the Navy.
  • He’s enthusiastic about the role of government and ways to educate people how to become involved to make change on issues such as zoning, or how to move a project forward, or to navigate city government
  • Can you explain since crime prevention, police and code enforcement are within NSC office how they will cooperate to address quality of life issues such as disruptive students in residential neighborhoods? If you have disruptive students on your block call 911 and they will assign an officer. If the issue persists and you don’t want an officer to come to your door, call 911 and ask to speak to a supervisor. If the issue is persistent police ask you to sign a deposition after which a file may be levied on the students or owner of the property. Make sure to call the NSC Office the next day to ensure that they know of the issue and can coordinate with the police department.

Highland Hospital

Lisa Thompson, the new Public Relations staff for Highland introduced herself. The new modernization project has not started. A ceremonial ground breaking for staff was help on June 1st for employees. Throughout, the construction staff will work to minimize disruption for patients and neighbors, as well as staff. Presently, three neighborhood groups are working with Highland on various aspects of the present project, day to day issues and long term planning.

  • The last Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. neighborhood resident Mike Thompson chairs a neighborhood group that meets with Highland staff to address issues such as parking, smoking off campus, garbage or quality of life issues that impact neighbors, past issues that still need resolution. It is a respectful engagement among neighbors and Highland staff that takes education by both partners. Mike Zanghi shared the impact Mike Thompson’s group has had in the partnership process by addressing the cooling towers and the need to reduce noise levels. Ruts near South Avenue caused by rain will be addressed by Highland. Highland has spent several thousand dollars on Mt. Vernon and Rockingham on the same issue. They will continue to South Avenue.
  • The Highland Hospital Steering Committee is comprised of neighbors, NBN6 leaders, Highland staff, U of R staff and LeChase Construction. The primary role has been in addressing issues with the proposed modernization plan including design, traffic, and parking. The group will address in the construction phase. Highland is in the process of developing a website so any community person can see the schedule, seek information, view schematics and lodge concerns. The community pressed Highland for exact phone numbers to call when a problem in the construction process happens that effects quality of life. For now, questions can about the Highland Hospital construction project may be directed to Mike Zanghi, Director of Facilities – 260-5243 or Mike_Zanghi@urmc.rochester. edu As soon as the project “goes” live, the calls should be directed to the LeChase Project Manager Kevin Hoffman.  We will provide Kevin’s cell phone number then. Highland will continue to address that concern and communicate with the neighborhood.
  • The Certificate of Need has been filed and once it is approved, hopefully mid June, with construction by July 1st.
  • Highland’s Flood Mitigation Project impacts Mt. Vernon Traffic

Starting 6/8, contractors working for Highland will be excavating and installing a new drain line on Mt. Vernon.  The work is expected to last about 2 weeks.  The new drain line will be installed near the Radiation Oncology Entrance across from 360 Mt. Vernon.  The excavation will extend past the centerline of the street.  Traffic will be limited to one way during the day and returned to 2-way by end of the day shift.  There will be several days were the 1 way traffic restricted.  There will be flagmen to direct traffic for the duration of the project.  There will be ‘local traffic only’ signs at the major intersections to reduce traffic flow during this work.  All driveways will be accessible during the project. Further questions can be directed to Mike Zanghi, Director of Facilities – 260-5243 or Mike_Zanghi@urmc.rochester. edu

Inside the complex storm water and sewer will be separated to mitigate further overflow flooding. Where will the rainwater go? Rainwater still goes through the Monroe County Sewer System combines both storm water and sewer. A suggestion was made to have rain barrels to catch water.

  • The Highland Hospital Neighborhood Steering Committee is presently working with the Hospital on a new Planned Development for zoning—what will the Hospital look like in the next 30-50 years? Highland will seek neighborhood in-put into the final PD before it goes to the Planning Commission and City Council for approval. Mr. Zanghi indicated that their plan was to bring the Plan to the City in the Fall. Mr. Zanghi was asked when the plan would be brought to the neighbors through NBN6. He said September would be reasonable. Kerry Reagan, Mike Thompson and other members of the Steering Committee have been collecting neighbors’ responses.
  • A subgroup of the Steering Committee plus residents, Holt Architects, Monroe County Parks Department Mark Quinn, U of R’s Dan Schied and Highland staff are working on a long term landscaping plan. Several issues are being addressed: border by Bellevue to keep the mature trees and to find suitable plantings to augment the border, landscape treatment by the oncology entrance, and Rockingham border. Kim Michaels is a landscape architect working with the subgroup who helped develop the Highland Park Master Plan after the ice storm. She has significant knowledge regarding Olmstead Parks and is thinking of ways to tie Highland Hospital and the Park into the landscape designs.
  • Kevin Hoffman from LeChase Construction was introduced as the Construction manager for the modernization project.

RGE Substation

Terry Lattimore did not attend the meeting, so nothing could be resolved. Nancy Johns-Price agreed to set up a meeting with interested neighbors and RGE staff on the substation. Trash has built up around the property and has come onto adjacent homeowners properties.

South East Neighborhood Service Center—Nancy Johns-Price

  • Nancy meets weekly with David Hawkes and the two other NSC administrators to address issues. And they meet bi-weekly with Commissioner Muhammad.
  • She had free Rhino tickets for anyone for June 13, 2015.
  • The speed monitors on Mt. Hope have a battery life of 2 weeks which has been an issue they are addressing.
  • The South Wedge Farmers Market is to open Thursday June 11th with over 30 vendors, but the City has not approved the site by Erie Harbor for that purpose. Time Warner will not give access through their property nor for parking. The Commissioner will try to resolve the issue as soon as possible. There is a curb cut that could be used by trucks onto the property.

Community Sharing

  • The library lists a host of activities for the summer so check them out at your local library or online.
  • Mt. Hope Cemetery is doing a Master Plan. Thursday June 11th at 5:30 is an open community meeting at the Mt. Hope Gate House
  • HPNA thanked everyone for their support in the major yard sales. On June 18th HNPA will hold a meeting at the South Wedge Mission on Caroline Street
  • The group thanked Joan Lindberg and Sue O’Neil for writing the Neighborhood Good Grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, which granted NBN6 monies to purchase a new sound system and refreshments. And thanked Vern Lindberg for setting up the speaker system for the night.
  • Swillburg held a community gathering and potluck with music that drew 40-50 people.

In response to the changes due to the Police Reorganization the following information is listed regarding who now serves NBN6:

For Information

Goodman Section

Southeast Neighborhood Center

320 N. Goodman Street, suite 209

Administrator : Nancy Johns-Price 428-7640

RPD Goodman Section 5

Captain Lloyd Cuyler 428-9805

Lieutenant Frank Alberti 428-7640

Crime Prevention Officers

Officer Anthony Belliard 428-7244

Officer Brian Cannon 428-7657

Officer Garth Mitchell 428-6572

Officer Michelle Velez 428-7668 

Mt. Hope, College Town

RPD Section 9

Captain David Smith         428-9809

Lieutenant Rob Wilson      428 9809

Crime Prevention Officers

Officer Vinnie Agnone 428-6880

Officer Kristin Runyon 428-7635

Officer Manuel Ortiz 428-3676 

The NBN6 group is planning to take a break for the Summer months, depending whether issues crop up. Neighborhoods leaders are requested to notify the group is something comes up that needs addressing during the Summer. Otherwise, the next NBN6 Meeting will be in September.

NBN6 May 18 2015 Meeting Notes

NBN6 Meeting Notes 5/18/15

1. Introductions

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

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.

Agenda for Feb 9th NBN6 Meeting

NBN6 Meeting Monday February 9, 2015
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Olmsted Lodge – 171 Reservoir Avenue

Facilitator: Joan Lindberg
Refreshments: Judy Lee Hay

5:30 – 5:35   Introductions
5:35 – 5:45   Rochester Police Department Crime Prevention
5:45 – 6:00   Rochester Fire Department Fire Safety Presentation
6:00 – 6:20   Wedge Point Development – Pathstone
6:20 – 6:30   RocTransit cube seating – Brenda Massey
6:30 – 6:40   Voice of the Citizen Update – Nancy Johns-Price, Judy Bennet, Marcia Zach
6:40 – 6:50   Neighborhood Service Center Update – Nancy Johns-Price
6:50 – 7:00   Community Sharing