Civic on First - Rochester

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Civic on First - Rochester

Postby matthew5080 » August 15th, 2017, 6:02 pm

Developer EKN announced that the American Legion and VFW will not be part of their new $35 million dollar hotel development on the North end of downtown. Both groups will be looking for locations outside of the downtown area.
The project will feature 259 hotel rooms, built on a plot area of 29,264 square feet with 284 parking spaces and is planned to open June 2019.
EKN CEO Ebby Nakhjavani said a floor had been added to the project to accommodate the veteran service clubs, so their withdrawal means re-configuring the plans. The current proposal is for a nine story building with "penthouse" for its mechanical plant.

The hope is to submit the plans to the city by September with the goal of getting city council approval before the end of the year. Nakhjavani would like to break ground on the project by mid-summer next year.
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Re: Civic on First - Rochester

Postby matthew5080 » October 12th, 2017, 10:07 am

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved sending a preliminary design for a nine-story hotel with 175 rooms to the Rochester City Council with its support.
However, the commission opted to suggest an alternate plan be considered, rather than the main design for the corner of Civic Center Drive and First Avenue Northwest.

The initial design offered an access point from Civic Center Drive, which would have allowed one-way traffic under an overhang to access parking on the building's second and third floors. Additional access, as well as the only exit, would be on Second Avenue.

Commission members questioned whether the route between the hotel and street was the best option.

"I don't see the benefit of throwing in more roads and eliminating that space," commission member Thomas Hill said.

The project's architect, Tom Sprinkle of HKS Hospitality Group, based in San Francisco, said the alternative, which would create a drop-off point along Civic Center Drive, could allow the hotel and potential restaurant to be built closer to the sidewalk to better meet Destination Medical Center design guidelines.
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