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 and pushing its completion date back by one year.
New architectural designs reduced the number of units to 98 from 104 and eliminate an entire floor of apartments, lowering the maximum height to two uphill-facing stories, or three downhill-facing stories. In addition, new exterior-finish materials and colors, new landscape design, and supplementing traditional apartments with townhome-style units are among the changes reflected in the updated plans, which may be viewed at www.housingupstate.org.
All of these changes were requested during 17 were requested during 17 meetings with neighborhood and other community groups, current residents and city officials in less than 12 months. 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, including a variety of apartment sizes and layouts, each equipped with full-size kitchen appliances, energy efficient HVAC systems and private outdoor spaces. While not luxurious, the addition more accessible laundry rooms, of a small fitness room, a computer lab 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.