Plans for a senior housing complex near Cobbs Hill have been revised to address concerns from the community, including lowering the height and reducing the number of units.
Cobbs Hill Village currently features 60 motel-style apartments that date back to 1957. This redesign would replace those with plans for 98 new units, down from 104 as initially planned. The redesign also ensures the new buildings will not be visible from Reservoir Road, Monroe Avenue, Highland Avenue and Cobbs Hill Drive, according to the Rochester Management Board, the nonprofit affordable housing agency behind the project.
“We appreciate the direction Mayor (Lovely) Warren gave after the initial proposal’s submission, the participation by a number of city departments and the input provided by members of the wider community,” said Howard Konar, chair of Rochester Management Board.
“Most especially, we are grateful for the ideas and patience of current Cobbs Hill Village residents, who are living longer and more active lives than the seniors who first moved into the community 60 years ago,” he said.
The new Cobbs Hill Village, off Norris Drive, has been designed to help seniors age in place. The addition of more accessible laundry rooms, a small fitness room, a computer lab and an indoor community space are intended to help residents avoid isolation.
Rochester Management Board said it expects to submit its revised plans for Cobbs Hill Village to city officials later this month.
If approved, it would be built in three phases to allow current residents to move directly from existing units into newly constructed homes.
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