If you haven't read Part 1 yet, you may want to start there first. While Part 1 focused on Center City, Part 2 expands outwards into the great neighborhoods of the South Wedge, Park Avenue, and even an untapped area on the fringe of the City limits towards the Brighton border. We've even included a little Bonus at the end for our friends at GardenAerial, a popular event that is making a comeback this year after a year-long hiatus.
6. Swiftwater Brewing Company
Catching the recent wave of craft beer makers in and around Rochester, Swiftwater Brewing Company became the latest brewer to open its doors to the public on January 14th along the outer edges of the ever-so-popular South Wedge neighborhood. With 8 lines of beer on at all times, one or two being guest beers, and with possible food options in the near future, Swiftwater is fleshing out the city in ways that a growing and revitalizing city should be - not only in the center of downtown - and not only in just the most notable neighborhoods - but on the fringe of areas that could use a little more TLC. And for good reason this will be a success…the Erie Harbor modern apartments are right across the street, the Highland Park Neighborhood is a stone's throw away, and of course the University of Rochester is right down the street.
Opening Day: Done - January 14th, 2015
7. Alexander Park
For many companies and families, a devastating event becomes debilitating on a personal and professional level. But not Buckingham Properties. Last year's loss of Rochester's beloved Larry Glazer and wife Jane has sparked determination in the company's (family's) plight to carry out their late father's vision for a better city. Amongst many other properties around town, this includes Alexander Park and the redevelopment of the "Center Wing" building (the brown building above) into a mixed-use property starting this Spring. Additional mixed-use buildings along Alexander Street planned for later in the year and the final vision could prove to be something truly magical: residential, retail, and commercial uses all in one general area.
8. Edge of the Wedge
The Edge of the Wedge is another one of these "magical" projects by Buckingham Properties that city lovers should be looking forward to this year, and not just for the 30 studio and 1-bedroom loft apartments that will hit the market. While the first residents are slated to move into the gorgeous revival of the former Ward Supply Co. on March 1st, The Cub Room will be the building's restaurant on the first floor opening sometime in May. The New York City owners will bring their big-city flair to Rochester, and "offer up an homage to an era when service and dining meant only the best".
In addition to all of this, we were told that a second tenant has signed on to occupy what is called the "Center Building" portion of the complex. This tenant is McCann's Local Meats, and its mission will be to provide our city with "locally sourced meats and prepared foods grown in a responsible, humane, and sustainable manner". McCann's will offer local goods that include fresh cut meats, charcuterie, sausages, dairy, eggs, and produce, adding to the already amazing mix of niche shops and restaurants - The Little Bleu Cheese Shop, ButaPub, and South Wedge Spirits and Wine - in the "Williamsburg - Brooklyn, that is" of Rochester.
9. The Barrington Townhomes
Now who ever said that real estate in the city was only for rentals? Completely wrong, and The Townhomes at Barrington are proof. There is even one for sale for a nominal fee of $1.4M. Don't believe us? Take a look for yourself. I mean 5 bedrooms, 8 baths....who doesn't want that in the illustrious Park Avenue Neighborhood? Will they actually sell, you ask? Well 3 out of the 6 have already, and they're not even fully finished yet.
10. Costco/City Gate
We still think this would have been the perfect spot for Western NY IKEA - but apparently Costco has been making people across the globe super-happy for over three decades now - Huff Post. This west-coast based Mega-store has recently invaded Western NY, their first store opened near Syracuse this past fall, and our city is the second to get the warehouse club in Upstate. The retailer promises to bring hundreds of jobs for the local economy with it, and this is only one portion of the entire City Gate project, set to open in the Spring. And although Costco will anchor the project, other facets of the City Gate vision include 300 loft-style apartments on the Erie Canal, a 150 room hotel, a "street of shops and restaurants", 90,000 sq.ft. parking garage, and a satellite transit center - not too shabby for an area of land that was vacant a year ago.
BONUS - 2015 Greentopia Film Fest
After taking a year off to reassess and reassemble, the ever-popular Greentopia Film Fest returns this year, March 17th-21st, with even an more city-packed schedule of offerings. This year includes the get-your-tickets-early-before-they-sell-out opener Short Courses event at Good Luck, a closing party at Hart's Grocers, and of course, an array of film offerings that "inspires and transforms, and ultimately empowers the audience to create sustainable change in their own lives and communities". Check out the film pass options available for this year, and make sure to purchase before they're gone.
We know there's a lot going on, and 2015 has promised to be a GREAT year for our city!