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Mayor halts Cobbs Hill project


On the heels of growing protests against a proposed apartment complex at the edge of Cobbs Hill Park, Mayor Lovely Warren is asking the developer to submit a new design.

Rochester Management had wanted to replace six one-story senior housing apartment buildings at 645 Norris Drive with two four-story buildings, each having 52 units.

Neighbors and environmental groups, as well as some residents in the apartments, had strongly objected to the proposal, saying that it is too large and conflicted with the park environment. At a press conference this morning, representatives of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association and several individuals spoke out against the change.

Shortly after that, Mayor Warren released a letter she has sent to Upper Monroe President Chris Stevens saying that she shared the critics' concerns and has instructed Neighborhood and Business Development Baye Muhammad to ask Rochester Management for a new proposal.

Warren also wants Rochester Management to consult with neighbors and other stakeholders.

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