The Community Design Center Rochester has chosen 17 finalists for its annual Reshaping Rochester Betty Strasenburgh and Robert Macon Awards.
The 7th annual awards recognize exemplary projects and initiatives in the nine-county Finger Lakes region that make a positive impact on people, neighborhoods and communities. Winners of the awards, with winners of the Joni Monroe Award, will be announced at an annual luncheon on Nov. 16 at Temple B’rith Kodesh.
Finalists for the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism, named in honor of the longtime Rochester activist and philanthropist, include:
- Bob Bartosiewicz, for his efforts in revitalizing downtown Rochester’s inner core through the rehabilitation of the Granite Building and former BlueCross BlueShield/Excellus Building;
- BASWA Street Light Project and Flower Basket Initiative, for leading a successful merchant- and neighbor-led initiative over a multi-year period to raise funds for decorative and historically appropriate street lights along the South Avenue commercial corridor;
- Bessie Clifton, for her inspirational spirit, mentorship and involvement in numerous community organizations in the City of Rochester;
- The Eklin Family, for their vision and commitment to create a sense of community to the City of Geneva and the surrounding area; and
- Her Voice Carries, for the sharing of powerful and uplifting stories of women within the community through public art.
Finalists for the Robert Macon for Urban Innovation Award, honoring the late architect’s civic contributions and transformative projects that spanned a 30-year career, include:
- Eastman Gardens, for the adaptive re-use of the Eastman Dental Dispensary into mixed-income affordable housing for seniors;
- Elmwood Manor – Highland Ave Townhouses, for being an exceptional example of design practices within the built environment;
- Mark IV Enterprises and Anthony DiMarzo, for the contribution of unique solutions to strengthen downtown Rochester’s core, improving the downtown waterfront and preserving the city’s historic fabric;
- Martin Luther King Jr. Park, for the restoration and renovations that have re-invigorated this valuable public amenity;
- Monroe Community College’s downtown campus, for providing critical access to post-secondary education and services on the City of Rochester’s northeast side and creating an important linkage within the urban fabric of the area;
- The Metropolitan, for the rehabilitation of the Chase Tower, reconnecting it to the street and the neighborhood’s public space;
- 1360 Mt. Hope Avenue, for being a model of infill development that demonstrates good new urbanist practices;
- Newberry Place – freshLAB, for rehabilitation of the JJ Newberry retailer and the creation of local revenue through it’s “restaurant incubator” concept in Batavia;
- The Parklet at 1344 University Avenue, for being Rochester’s first parklet and benefiting the many businesses in the neighborhood by creating a comfortable and attractive public place;
- Public Market Addition, for structural renovations that have enhanced this historical marketplace;
- R Community Bikes Inc., for providing transportation to Rochester’s citizens by giving bikes and repairs to financially-struggling neighborhood residents; and
- Stadium Estates, for the revitalization of a challenged part of the City of Rochester, bringing new life to the JOSANA neighborhood.
Bob Shibley, director and dean of University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning will deliver the luncheon’s Urban Observations keynote presentation.
The Community Design Center Rochester is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities through quality design and thoughtful use of built and natural resources. It facilitates citizen-led planning processes that help communities to define values and priorities for their development.
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