The Community Design Center Rochester presented its sixth annual Reshaping Rochester Awards Thursday at Temple B’rith Kodesh.
The awards recognize exemplary regional initiatives, individuals and projects that positively impact the Rochester community. Leonard Brock, director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, delivered the Urban Observations keynote.
The winners are:
Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation Winner: Buckingham Properties LLC and Morgan Management LLC for their redevelopment of Tower280 at the former site of Midtown Plaza in downtown Rochester;
Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation Honorable Mention: Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship for adaptive reuse of first floor space in former Rochester Savings Bank building downtown for entrepreneur training and support;
Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism Winner: Theresa Bowick for her leadership as an advocate for personal health, fitness and wellness throughout her northeast Rochester neighborhood and especially for her work with Conkey Cruisers, a grass roots neighborhood bicycling program.
Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism Honorable Mention: Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Healthi Kids Play-BEST team for their advocacy of changes to the built environment that address safe, accessible play and school areas;
Joni Monroe Award Winner: In honor of Larry Glazer for his visionary efforts on behalf of the Rochester community. Glazer’s investment in downtown paved the way for others to follow, taking on some of the area’s most challenging real estate projects, including the redevelopment of the former Genesee Hospital Campus, the ArtCraft Optical Building and Midtown Tower;
Joni Monroe Award Honorable Mention: JoAnne Beck, the former city of Rochester’s senior landscape architect, who promotes and protects city parks, trails and other public spaces.
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