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Urban Action 7/19

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

Forum features candidates for mayor

The United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York will hold a Mayoral Candidates Forum, moderated by the Rev. Dwight Fowler, on Thursday, July 20. Participants will be Mayor Lovely Warren, former television reporter Rachel Barnhart, County Legislator and former Rochester police chief James Sheppard, all Democrats; Republican candidate and County Legislator Tony Micciche, and Green Party candidate Alex White. The event will be held at the First Church of God, 334 Clarissa Street, at 6:30 p.m.

Hearing set on divinity school landmark status

The Rochester Preservation Board and Planning Commission will hold a special public hearing on Wednesday, July 19, to consider making Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School a city landmark. The designation would include the exterior and grounds that make up the CRCDS campus as well as the interior of the Colgate Memorial Chapel, according to the application.

The divinity school announced plans to sell the 24-acre campus to Top Capital of New York. Although the company has not submitted plans to the city for review, officials have talked about investing $36 million in the property to convert the main building into a hotel and add a new building at the property's southern end, near the South Goodman Street - Highland Avenue intersection. Some nearby residents and the Landmark Society of Western New York have expressed concern about changes to the picturesque setting. The hearing will be at City Hall, City Council Chambers, 30 Church Street, at 7 p.m.

This post has been edited to correct the time of the divinity school hearing.