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Urban Action 2/21

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Whole Foods meeting moved

The Town of Brighton will hold a public hearing concerning a zoning application for the proposed Whole Foods Plaza project at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 28 – at a new location: Council Rock Elementary School, 600 Grosvenor Road.

Interest in the development of the 10-acre site on Monroe Avenue, where the former Mario's restaurant and Clover Lanes Bowling were located, is so great that town officials are expecting a higher-than-normal attendance at the forum. The meeting was originally planned for the Brighton Town Hall.

Historic sites surveyed in city's southwest

The Landmark Society of Western New York will hold a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, at the Arnett Library to discuss the results of a survey of residents living in the southwest quadrant of Rochester.

The survey is one of a series being conducted for the city by the Landmark Society to create a comprehensive, citywide inventory of all properties of historic or architectural significance. Funding is partially from a state grant to identify important assets: overlooked historic properties that might be at risk of demolition or have the potential for redevelopment.

Talk will focus on affordable housing

The Community Design Center of Rochester will present a program on "Housing for Resilient Communities" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, in the Gleason Works auditorium, 1000 University Avenue.

The speaker is Katie Swenson, who oversees the National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners based in Boston. Swenson directs the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute and the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which is grooming a new generation of architects sensitive to community development and social activism. She's often described as an expert in sustainable design for low-income housing.