Controversy over proposal for senior housing at Cobbs Hill

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A controversial proposal for senior housing at Cobbs Hill is back on the table. 

The management company there says they’ve made some changes to compromise with opponents of the plan. 

But as News 8’s Elijah Westbrook found out, the changes still aren’t enough for some neighbors. 

If you’ve passed by the Cobbs Hill Village Apartments recently, then you know that the one story, motel like, brick buildings located at Cobbs Hill Park have essentially looked the same since it was built back in the 50’s. Some say it’s time for change. 

“The apartment is so small and it’s not enough room, no lighting,” said Roosevelt Middlebrooks. 

The property owner, Rochester Management, wants to replace the existing brick building with two, multi-story townhouse style buildings that feature modern appliances, more apartments and suitable, ADA compliant facilities. 

“We really feel strongly that this is time to upgrade the housing here at Cobbs Hill Village. Our seniors deserve to have a little bit easier way of life and live in a safer situation,” said Peggy Hill CEO and President of Rochester Management.

But sometimes new isn’t always good. At least according to Elizabeth Joseph who has lived there for nearly a decade. 

“You can see I live this place, it’s quiet and secure,” said Joseph.

She’s part of a group of current neighbors at the apartment complex who have spoken out against the proposal.

“I think if it was already built I wouldn’t be so hesitant about it, but I’ve been here for 10 years and this is kind of like my home,” said Joseph.

Rochester Management says rents will not go up for current neighbors. 

But either way, the City of Rochester has to approve the proposal since it lies on their land.

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