Proposal approved for affordable housing at Cobbs Hill Village

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Rochester, N.Y. – The plans for an overhaul of affordable housing at Cobbs Hill Village were approved by the Rochester City Planning Commission Monday night.

Rochester Management, Inc. worked with the Planning Commission at a meeting Monday night to get approval to demolish the current six-building complex and replace it with five new multi-story buildings.

Under the plan, the number of units would go from 60 to 104. Other approved changes include more plazas and bike racks, updated colors, materials and windows, and more connected pedestrian walkways.

“We are pleased to be able to move the modernization of Cobbs Hill Village another step closer toward the project’s completion date by addressing the Planning Commission’s requested modifications,” said Howard Konar, a member of the board of directors of Rochester Management.

Some neighbors and residents said they are concerned about the size and possible increases in rent.

“We believe the proposal is too large in size and scope for its site,” said Chris Stevens of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association.

Rochester Management said Tuesday it has made a 40-year commitment to keep rates at 20 of the 104 apartments in the rebuilt community at the same level of those in the existing complex. These 20 new units would remain priced at today’s monthly rental rates of $332 per studio and $508 per one-bedroom apartment.

The development was at the center of a lengthy meeting back in January. The Planning Commission did not rule on the project at the time of that meeting.

No taxpayer money will be used for the $27.5 million in changes; it is funded through property rental income and mortgage financing.

City of Rochester Press Officer Jessica Alaimo released a statement after the approval.

"After a considerable amount of discussion and public input, tonight the City Planning Commission approved a proposal that addressed many of the concerns raised through the public comment period, including provisions that preserve the park’s footprint and keep rent as-is for current tenants. The matter will next go before City Council. The City administration would like to thank the Planning Board for listening to both the neighbors and the project developer throughout this process."
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