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 as it becomes available.

Contact the Charlotte Community Association at 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, Lee Selover, 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