The change in luxury apartments in Rochester
More than nine years ago, it just began with a vision. To open up the east side of the Genesee River to the South Wedge neighborhood and in the process clean up the crime-ridden area at the tip of Mt. Hope Avenue. Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden has said after his first meeting with developers, that, “They thought I was skeptical – but I was just thinking it’s about time.”
Erie Harbor is clearly identified from the outside by its color blocked condos. Quirky enough to make Irene Allen and her husband re-think their suburban lifestyle. “We had a house in Brighton and our last kid left for college and since they’re having adventures we wanted an adventure too,” she says.
The Allen’s condo covers three floors – each with a view of the Genesee – and the Rochester skyline. “It’s amazing,” says Allen. “We have friends visiting from Toronto and other cities and they all assume its a million dollar condo.” The 132 new condos grew from humble beginnings.
Tim Fourneier, who is the President and CEO of Conifer Reality, has commented that, “It’s been a long time since there was a gateway to the river here.” Tim also added, “What was originally here was built in 1975 and it was like a cement fortress.”
Rochester City Councilman Adam McFadden admitted that subsidized housing-built 40 years ago-had given way to partially empty buildings – attracting vandalism and crime. He said, “The first time I ran in 1999 I had a fear of going door to door in this neighborhood but I did it.” He also added that, “This project stands for the fact that we can transform challenged neighborhoods.”
Rentals start at $900 dollars a month. One in five of the units is reserved for low income residents with the rent adjusted accordingly.