“Charrette Day” Invites Community Members to Share Ideas for Redeveloping the Port of Rochester
Neighborhood partners to host a community-wide “charrette” to gather public input for redeveloping the port and surrounding areas
Rochester, NY (September 21, 2017) – The development of the Port of Rochester in Charlotte has been a subject of hot debate among Rochester community leaders and residents for more than 20 years. Controversial projects including the Fast Ferry and an unsuccessful 2016 proposal for mixed-use housing and retail development have brought the City of Rochester back to the drawing board, seeking community input.
The City of Rochester, the Community Design Center Rochester, and a number of Charlotte-based neighborhood groups have collaborated to host a “charrette” – or public brainstorming session – on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Residents of the Greater Rochester area are invited to participate in the “Charrette Day” to share ideas and discuss solutions and opportunities for redeveloping the Port of Rochester and surrounding locations. The process is open, inclusive, and essential in ensuring that the vision of community members is reflected in future projects.
Geographic areas to be studied in the charrette include:
- The port, harbor, and marina;
- Ontario Beach Park and the Roger Robach Community Center;
- River Street North and the Riverway Trail;
- The Lake Avenue corridor.
Topics to be addressed during the event include:
- Year-round activities and cultivating underutilized spaces;
- The port, harbor, and marina areas;
- Accessibility to Ontario Beach Park;
- Connectivity of the River Street North area and the Riverway Trail to the beach;
- The Lake Avenue corridor as a gateway to the waterfront and city.
Other communities in our area have participated in charrettes. Their steering committees offered these reflections about the process:
- “Be open-minded about what makes a community great. Offer ideas for improvement or change instead of only criticisms. Be willing to work toward that change.”
- “I have a better understanding of how traffic flow can affect a town, its businesses, and its residents. I have a better appreciation for the historic buildings in town, and even the appearance of “non-historic” buildings. I better understand how a cohesive plan could affect the look and feel of a town’s character.
”Charrette Day runs from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 in the Port of Rochester Terminal Building (1st floor). The session will begin with a presentation about the history of Charlotte and will include an educational session about the built environment. Attendees will then be divided into groups to discuss assigned study areas and topics, and brainstorm their ideas for improving those areas. A light breakfast and lunch will be served.
Feedback generated at Charrette Day will be included in a report published by the Community Design Center Rochester. The document will become the basis for a comprehensive vision plan that will be used to demonstrate how the community would like developers to approach projects in the area. A public forum will be held in early 2018 to share the results of the charrette and to collect further feedback from the community.
Participation in Charrette Day is free and open to all interested residents, stakeholders, and members of the Greater Rochester community. Pre-registration is required for refreshments and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Details and registration information for the charrette are available at http://www.charlottecca.org/charrette-registration/or by calling 585-865-6101. For more information about the charrette process or the study areas and topics, please visit at www.charlottecca.community-development/charrette-process.
About the Charrette Day Steering Committee
The Charrette Day Steering Committee is comprised of 15 volunteers who are active members of the Charlotte community. Committee members represent a cross-section of stakeholder groups and are responsible for ensuring the charrette process is open, inclusive and transparent. Specific stakeholder groups that are represented include the Charlotte Community Association (CCA), Charlotte Community Development Corporation (CCDC), Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Society, CHARLOTTE Strong, Port of Rochester Marina, and the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, Charlotte residents and business owners, as well as the Greater Rochester community at large. The committee is advised by the Community Design Center Rochester and representatives from the City of Rochester and the Monroe County Parks Department.
About the Charlotte Community Association
The Charlotte Community Association provides a forum for residents and stakeholders to come together and discuss issues, as well as plan and promote events that occur in this unique and vibrant neighborhood. Charlotte incorporates its maritime and cultural heritage as the City of Rochester’s port and historic waterfront district. To learn more, visit http://www.charlottecca.org/.
About the Community Design Center Rochester
The Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR) is the Finger Lakes region’s only independent, non-profit community design center serving a nine county region. Its mission is to be a resource, assisting municipalities and residents of the Greater Rochester Region in defining, understanding, promoting and implementing concepts of design excellence and sustainability for the built environment with emphasis on the public realm.
CDCR accomplishes this by engaging in partnerships with neighborhood, village, town, city, and regional initiatives encouraging community involvement in planning and developing processes. CDCR’s work is made possible by a community volunteer base of more than 30 design professionals and 100 community members supporting CDCR staff. For more information, please visit www.cdcrochester.org.
Charlotte Hosts A Community “Charrette Day” On November 4, 2017
Update: August, 2017
Development at the Port of Rochester in Charlotte, NY has been a hot topic under discussion for more than 20 years. Most recently, in 2016 a failed proposal for mixed-use development convinced the City of Rochester to seek more community input before initiating a new Request for Proposals (RFP). The City hired the Community Design Center Rochester (CDCR) to assist the Charlotte community in providing that input through a charrette.
Charrette (shê’ret) noun: A meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions. (Oxford Dictionary)
The Charlotte Community Association, in collaboration with other neighborhood organizations and CDCR, will host an 8-hour “Charrette Day” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 to gather public input for redeveloping the Port of Rochester and surrounding areas.
A charrette brings together community members to brainstorm potential solutions and opportunities for a specific project. The Charlotte event will explore ideas for celebrating the history of the Port and surrounding areas, while creating a vision for its future. Topics to be addressed include transportation, year-round activities in underutilized spaces, potential business and residential development, green space, and more. Geographic areas to be studied in the charrette include the Port and Marina area, Ontario Beach Park and the Roger Robach Community Center, River Street North, and the Lake Avenue corridor north from Pattonwood Drive to the lake and west to Ruggles Street.
Feedback generated at the event will be included in a report published by the Community Design Center Rochester. The document will become the basis for a comprehensive vision plan and will be used to demonstrate how the community would like developers to approach projects in the area. A public forum will be held in early 2018 to share the results of the charrette and to collect further feedback from the community.
Charrette Day will be held at the Port of Rochester Terminal Building. Full-day registration is required to participate and will open September 7th on a first-come, first-served basis. Details and registration information for Charrette Day will be posted at www.charlottecca.community-development/charrette-process as it becomes available.
Contact the Charlotte Community Association at CharlotteCommunityDevelopment@gmail.com for more information.
Charrette Steering Committee
Update: August, 2017
Planning a charrette requires six months of intensive work by a team of dedicated community leaders. The following people are volunteering many hours and much effort to organize Charlotte’s “Charrette Day.” On behalf of the Charlotte community, THANK YOU!!!
Tom Brewer, Molly Clifford, Glenn Gardner, Carl Giardino, Carolyn Hinchman, Joe Hinchman, Megan Mack, Mike May, Sharon O’Brien, Bob Owens, Ron Penders, Jose Peo, Suzanne Phillips, Craig Ristuccia, Sue Roethel – Committee Chair, Larry Staub, Marianne Warfle
The Community Design Center of Rochester is a local non-profit agency that works with neighborhoods to create this vision. For more information about a Charrette and some local examples, visit their website at http://www.rrcdc.org/