Well, looks like the new R3 construction is all but a done deal. I wrote a little ditty to the Post Bulletin. Adhering to the 225 word limit caused me to leave out a few crucial details – but hopefully folks will get the point. Here’s a copy of what I sent to the paper, for what it’s worth:
I’d like to address what I feel is the 900 pound gorilla in the room regarding zoning/construction requests in Rochester. Developers are only compelled to notify persons of building proposals that live within 500 feet of the building site, and then only within 10 days of the proposal. What this results in, at best, is a neighborhood spokesperson with a small cadre of individuals who are willing to drop everything to begin their 10 day crash course in zoning law and parliamentary procedure, who come before the zoning commission in a desperate bid to pause the “wheels of progress”. They are faced by a seasoned developer, cool as a cucumber, speaking before the council like he has many times before, with every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed. Our haggard group of amateurs can only hope to get their point across, however unprofessionally, in the interest of desperately defending what they believe is in the best interest of their neighborhood. The unspoken tone of the conversation now becomes “What can you possibly say that would justify causing this professional developer any hardship in the wake of the time and money he has put into these plans?” It’s a battle skewed dramatically in the interest of the developer, as we learned the hard way when the 54 unit workforce apartment complex was approved for Meadow Park.