Rochester Managment has submitted a proposal to build a three-story, 52-unit senior apartment building at Cobbs Hill Village. The nonprofit’s ultimate goal is to replace the six existing one-story apartment buildings with two larger buildings.
Rochester Management has submitted a site plan to the city. It will be discussed a meeting next month.
The apartments once housed German prisoners of war during World War II.
Resident Roza Eisenman said the units are showing their age.
“I can see them wanting to have newer things because these are old. There’s a little mold in places,” she said.
“The existing buildings are old, unattractive and too costly to renovate,” said Peggy Hill of Rochester Management. “Our goal is to centralize the housing away from the parkland, minimizing disturbance in the park and creating more green space by the park border.”
But some neighborhood groups are sounding the alarm, according to email chains obtained by News 8. They believe the project could change the character of the area. But everyone News 8 contacted said they couldn’t do an interview without knowing more details about the proposal.
The city must grant approval to the project for it to move forward.