In March, we let you know about a project that was up for Site Plan Review with the City of Rochester. That project, located at 84 and 86 South Union Street, was calling for the demolition of two historic houses in order to construct an addition to an apartment building (known as the Ambassador) that was to be converted to a hotel.
While the developer has updated plans for the site in response to public comment, the two historic houses are still slated for demolition.
The Landmark Society objects to the unnecessary demolition of historic buildings that provide housing for city residents for several reasons:
- Both houses slated for demolition are in good repair and provide housing for city residents.
- 84 S. Union St. is an excellent and intact example of the Queen Anne style and has high visibility on Union Street.
- On the whole, this project does not seem to provide a benefit to the community that would balance out the loss of two historic structures. Instead, it will displace residents from a large apartment building.
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