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Cobbs Hill Village decision again delayed

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The City Planning Commission again delayed a vote on the controversial Cobbs Hill Village proposal on Thursday, following a deliberation meeting. Rochester Management wants to demolish six single-story apartment buildings, which house low-income seniors, and replace them with five two- and three-story buildings for seniors.

The decision was originally scheduled to be made on January 8, but following a packed public meeting that saw people speaking for and against the plan until 11:45 p.m., the commission postponed its deliberation and vote . At the rescheduled meeting last night, the planning commission members again delayed the vote and said they would give Rochester Management suggestions for revisions. A city spokesperson said today that the commission hopes to take up the proposal again at its March 5 meeting.

Rochester Management and the proposal's supporters say the current buildings are small and outdated and that new buildings would add to the number of available units for seniors during an affordable-housing shortage. Arguments against have included belief that rents for the new units would ultimately be too high, that the current buildings could be updated, and that the buildings would harm the view of the surrounding park.

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