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Flying Squirrel Community SpaceOn the last Saturday of each month, the Flying Squirrel Community Center offers a free dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at their 285 Clarissa Street location. All neighbors are welcomed.

No need to RSVP, just show up and enjoy dinner and lively camaraderie.


WEST RIVER WALL STUDYPlease join us as we host a Public Meeting to further discuss Rochester’s West River Wall. The purpose of this meeting will be to refine the communities thoughts and vision and present the findings of the study, the draft master plan, flood prevention measures, and the overall implementation strategy. It is important that this study reflect the needs and visions of the community, therefore we would like to hear from each and every one of you as we finalize the master plan, your voice is important to us.

The Public Meeting is scheduled as follows:

Tuesday – November 25, 2014
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Church of Love Faith Center
700 Exchange Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14613

This study helps strengthen the framework for altering this corridor into one that connects and engages the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses, and educational institutions with our vibrant riverfront. This community based study will serve to promote and guide us as we continue to discuss and define the next chapter.

Should you require additional information prior to the November 25th meeting, feel free to call me directly at (585) 428-6852 or via email With your continued help, we can truly make a difference.

CHNA November Meet & Greet at Rochester Taproom

Rochester Taproom at Corn Hill LandingAll Corn Hill neighbors are invited to a “Meet & Greet” at the Rochester Taproom on Wednesday, November 12 from 5-8 p.m. This informal happy hour get-together will be hosted by our CHNA Social Committee who will provide 2 free drink tickets and free appetizers for neighbors. Before we all become involved with upcoming holiday preparations, take this opportunity to socialize one more time with your Corn Hill neighbors and friends. No RSVP required–just show up!

Tools Needed to Install Plaques

Portable Electrical GeneratorA battery or electrical operated hammer drill and/or a portable generator are needed from Nov. 1 through Nov. 31 to install missing street sign plaques on our neighborhood’s brick columns.

Bob Conklin and Pete Fraver will be working on weekends, as weather permits, to install 34 plaques and are in need of assistance from other Corn Hill neighbors.

If you would like to assist, offer tools, and be part of the team please email Sue Porter at

The Corn Hill Gazette – October 2014

The October 2014 Corn Hill Gazette is now available to download.


The Corn Hill Gazette Cover - October 2014

River Romance Corn Hill Tours

Rochester River RomanceCHNA Historian Bonny Mayer and neighbors from the Corn Hill Neighborhood Association will provide one-hour round-trip walking tours from Corn Hill Landing to the Broad Street Aqueduct and back to Corn Hill Landing on Saturday and Sunday October 4 and 5, 2013.

The walking tours will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday (11 a.m. Sunday) and leave from the Mary Jemison dock at Corn Hill Landing, 290 Exchange Blvd, every hour until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, a tour of the Broad Street Aqueduct will be open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday October 5.

New parking on S. Fitzhugh between Troup and Exchange

Parking SignThe work on S. Fitzhugh is scheduled to be done by the end of October. When it’s complete, there will be 6 metered parking spaces situated there.

Click this link to view the plans provided by Transportation Control Board

Flying Squirrel Link to Upcoming Events

Flying Squirrel Community now has a direct link to the Flying Squirrel Community Space website from the Useful Links page on this website.

Who is the Flying Squirrel?

The Flying Squirrel Community Space exists to provide a welcoming space that will cultivate and sustain long lasting relationships between artists, activists, and community members in Rochester so that we may work together to create positive social change. More about us. Check out the current Flying Squirrel Member Groups that use the space. If the Flying Squirrel’s mission interests you, then you are encouraged to view their website for upcoming events.

Flying Squirrel Website –

Flying Squirrel Facebook Page –

285 Clarissa St.
Rochester NY, 14608


Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan

Rochester Bicycle BoulevardPurpose

To develop a plan to create parallel bicycle-friendly streets along key arterial corridors characterized by high automobile traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights of way which make standard on-street bicycle lanes difficult to achieve.


The City of Rochester completed the Rochester Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) in January 2011 to guide the City’s investment in on-street bicycle facilities and bicycle-supportive services. A major product of the BMP is a prioritized list of arterial and collector streets for on-street bicycle improvements. Many of the City’s arterial and collector streets possess high traffic volumes, high parking demand, and/or constrained rights-of-way which make bicycle enhancements such as on-street bicycle lanes or shared-use lanes difficult to achieve. In such cases, the development of a parallel or “one-off” network of low-traffic, bike-friendly streets should be considered.

Bicycle boulevards, also known as “neighborhood greenways,” are a series of inter-connected streets which have been modified to provide enhanced accommodation as through streets for bicyclists while discouraging through automobile traffic. The BMP identified bicycle boulevards as an increasingly-popular technique nationwide and recommended that the City pursue their implementation locally. The City has engaged Alta Planning + Design to develop the Rochester Bicycle Boulevard Plan, which will make recommendations for creating a network of bicycle boulevards in the City of Rochester with a focus on alternatives to streets for which on-street bicycle facilities are challenging and/or to provide connections between key destinations. Identification of adjacent, low-volume neighborhood streets as bicycle boulevards will greatly enhance Bicycle Level of Service in these difficult corridors and in so doing, will greatly strengthen bike friendliness in our city.

Study Tasks & Schedule

Study Coordination (September 2013 – June 2014)
Develop Prioritization Criteria & Select Plan Corridors (September – December 2013)
Public Meeting #1 (February 11, 2014)
Identify Potential Bicycle Boulevards & Analyze Existing Conditions (January –March 2014)
Make Recommendations & Produce Draft Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan (March – September 2014)
Public Meeting #2 (October 2014)
Produce Final Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Plan (December 2014)
Public Involvement

Two “pop-up” public meetings will be held concurrently to provide an overview of the proposed bicycle boulevard route network and the preliminary prioritization of those routes.

Both pop-up meetings will be located along pilot one-mile Bicycle Boulevard routes that the City will install using temporary signage, markings, and traffic calming features. The West Pilot Route will run from Ravenwood Ave. at Genesee Park Blvd. to Frost Ave. at Rugby Ave.; the East Pilot Route will run from the Genesee Riverway Trail at Averill Ave. to Meigs St. at Monroe Ave. The pilot routes will be in place for approximately two weeks, giving residents and visitors ample opportunity to try them out.


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Free Home Repairs – Flower City Work Camp

Flower City Work CampIt’s that time of the year again that the Flower City Work Camp starts accepting referrals for free home repairs. The Flower City Work Camp is a ministry of area churches that will be in its 30th year. During the Spring recess of 2015 they will reach out, with over 700 youth and over 300 adult supervisors, to designated City locations and work for three days doing home repairs at no cost to the home owner. They are now accepting referrals due by November 1st. To best qualify the applicants must be of low to moderate income and have a owner occupied single family home. FCWC is looking for a variety of inside and outside work to keep them busy for three days. Typical work that is done includes: painting, minor plumbing and electrical repair, drywall, windows, doors, flooring, porch and garage repairs. They cannot do roof or gutter repairs that are over one story. Referrals will start to be evaluated in November/December, homes chosen in January/February and work to be completed during Spring Recess of April 2015.

Just give me a name, address and phone number and I will contact the person, explain the program and submit the referral. This program really helps some of our most neediest people and really gets results. Last year they worked on over 60 homes. Please help pass the word. If you would like more information please reply to this e-mail or contact me at Councilwoman Carla Palumbo’s office at 428-5982.

Chuck Stechna
Legislative Aide to Carla M. Palumbo
Rochester City Council
North West District Councilwoman
City Hall Room 303A-3
30 Church Street
Rochester, New York 14614
(585) 428-5982 Office
(585) 428-6347 Fax