Blue Ribbon Developments - August 2012





The Genesee Brew House: Aug. 31, 2012

Once a century-old packaging center, The Genesee Brew House, located at 25 Cataract St., has transformed the space into a beer destination for Upstate New York and beyond. The first floor features interactive exhibits, multi-media content, a gift shop and a pilot brewery complete with a tasting bar. The Genesee Brewery has invested nearly $4 million into the project to date. Genesee Brewing employs more than 460 people. The Brew House will employ 20 to 25 part-time and three full-time employees. Read more. 



“Wambach Way” at Sahlen’s Stadium: Aug. 31, 2012

The City and MVP Health Care officially welcomed home Olympic champion and Rochester native Abby Wambach by renaming the main walkway into Sahlen’s Stadium.

Abby joined Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards, MVP executives and scores of fans to cut the ceremonial ribbon marking the dedication of “Wambach Way.” “I am thrilled to be associated with this stadium, which I hope will encourage a love of soccer,” said Abby Wambach. “And I hope kids, especially, will be moved to play as well as to watch. Read more.



Tap & Table: Aug. 30, 2012

Tap & Table at 284 Exchange Blvd. in Corn Hill Landing is another exciting addition to Downtown. The sister restaurant to Tap & Mallet, located in the City’s South Wedge is also owned by Joe McBane and Casey Walpert.

Tap & Table boasts a locally sourced seasonal menu with incredible views of Downtown from the banks of the Genesee River. Tap & Table has created 40 jobs with plans to add another 15 over the next few years. Read more. 



Veritas Wine Bar: Aug. 24, 2012

Located at 217 Alexander St., in the Alexander Park Building, owners Paul and Amy Powers are two Rochester natives who became wine aficionados during the late 1990s, when they lived in New York City. After returning to Rochester in 2001, they worked in wine sales and distribution. The opening of the wine bar is a culmination of a decade in the industry, research, and wine education.

Veritas’ wine list includes over 20 wines by the glass and more than 100 by the bottle. Veritas Wine Bar is a welcome addition to the East Avenue - Alexander Neighborhood.


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Brooks Court Project: Aug. 22, 2012

Woodstone Custom Homes’ Brooks Court project features the construction of a new neighborhood street called Brookcrest Way. On the street, 29 new, single-family, market-rate homes will be built with designs reminiscent of the Craftsman and Bungalow styles that were prevalent in the early- to mid-1900s. Construction of the new street in the 19th Ward has already begun. The entire project is expected to be complete in three years.

The City provided a $765,000 grant to support the affordable homeownership component of the project. Read more.


Vibe Lounge 

Vibe Lounge: Aug. 17, 2012

Vibe Lounge, located at 302 N. Goodman St. in Village Gate, showcases live entertainment--featuring jazz trios, top area funk/blues and neo-soul bands performing all the standard classics, along with the best Top 40 hits of yesteryear and today.

Partners Gerald Cunningham, Tyrone K. Ashford and Gary Williams hope that patrons enjoy the courtyard seating, as they socialize and enjoy an evening listening to some of the best musicians in Rochester. A private investment of $75,000 was made to develop Vibe Lounge and ten jobs were created.



Ronnie's Barber Shop: Aug. 7, 2012

Ron Natalie has owned and operated his barbershop in the Maplewood Neighborhood since opening his business in 1961. He originally opened his barber shop at 568 Driving Park Ave. A fire at the facility forced him to relocate to his current site, located at 308 Driving Park Ave.10 years ago.

"The City would like to thank Ron for his loyalty to the neighborhood and the City of Rochester," said Mayor Thomas S. Richards."Being in business for 51 years is an amazing achievement that speaks volumes as to how well you treat your customers."


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Holy Rosary Apartments: Aug. 3, 2012

Holy Rosary Apartments and Strategic Infill is a new affordable housing project for individuals and families, located on the former Holy Rosary Parish Campus at 414 Lexington Ave. The project will convert the Holy Rosary Campus into a vital community center with affordable rental units.

The Dewey-Driving Park Focused Investment Area will realize 35 new residential rental units on the campus and 25 single family affordable housing units will be developed near campus. Read more.