Rochester Management began working on its Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment plan in 2014 in partnership with City of Rochester departments including Neighborhood and Business Development, Legal and Zoning.
In April 2016, we presented an initial proposal to modernize and replace the current 60 units contained in six one-story structures on Norris Drive. In April 2017, updated plans were released to reflect extensive input provided by current residents and members of the community, increasing the project’s cost by $2.5 million. Following direction provided by the Rochester City Planning Commission in January 2018, we unveiled further revised plans in April 2018, adding another $2.7 million to the total cost.
The latest architectural designs include 104 units, in a variety of sizes and layouts, among two apartment buildings with a maximum height to two uphill-facing stories, or three downhill-facing stories, along with a row of townhome-style units. It will also include a community building for residents to gather. In addition, new exterior-finish materials and colors, new landscape design, increased pedestrian connectivity throughout the site, additional outdoor amenities, and design changes to windows and entries are among the changes reflected in the updated plans, which may be viewed at www.housingupstate.org.
All of these changes were requested during numerous meetings with neighborhood and other community groups, current residents and city officials. In addition, one-on-one meetings were held with current residents of Cobbs Hill Village’s 60 existing apartments to garner their input and address their questions.
The new Cobbs Hill Village is designed to help seniors age in place and includes full-size kitchen appliances, energy efficient HVAC systems and more accessible bathrooms. While not luxurious, the addition of a small fitness room, a computer lab, more accessible laundry rooms, and an indoor community space will allow senior residents to avoid isolation, having places to enjoy the company of neighbors, friends and family year-round, whenever they choose.
Rochester Management is committed to continue working with local community groups, city officials and residents in order to develop a finished product that will be an asset to the entire Rochester community and the Cobbs Hill park neighborhood.
New Community Building