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Rochester Homes Demolished to Make Room for New Apartment Complex

Created: 08/06/2014 7:23 PM KAALtv.com
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- Demolition started today in the Kutzky Park neighborhood to make room for a new apartment complex.

A total of eight homes will no longer stand on East Center Street in downtown Rochester. Seven will be demolished and one deemed historic will be relocated. The tear down started today, a process that's bittersweet to some neighbors.

"It's an emotional process for a lot of people who live in the neighborhood,” said developer, Mac Hamilton.

"This neighborhood is going to change, everybody knows that,” said neighbor, Darin Podulke-Smith.

There's no doubt this stretch on West Center Street will never be the same. Some neighbors welcome the new look, "They're in really rough shape you can see that, they've been neglected,” said Podulke-Smith.

Others see it as taking away a piece of Rochester’s history. One resident even tried suing the developers, but ultimately the city council and historical preservation committee approved the demolition permit, as long as the Kutzky Home is relocated.

"When you’re bringing change, we're going to work very hard to make sure that change is something that at the end of the day they're going to come to appreciate,” said Hamilton.

Change is coming in the form of a new 83 unit apartment complex, housing many see the need for in our growing community. "There's still demand that exists at some point that demand will be met,” said Hamilton.

The entire demolition process will take a couple weeks. The Kutzky Home being relocated within this neighborhood, on 1st Street Southwest. The developers hope to have the new apartments complete by June of next year.