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City Council to Revisit Permit Allowing Downtown "Parklet"

April 15, 2019 06:24 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester City Council members and businesses along Historic Third Street prepared to discuss the confusion behind a parklet permit, previously approved for the area by city council members.

"City Council received some materials at the last meeting saying that we were approving an RDA (Rochester Downtown Alliance) parklet ... which is a temporary park that can go up in a parking space and demonstrate what you might do in the future. In reality, it was neither being managed by the RDA nor was it a parklet, which is public space," said Michael Wojcik, who represents Ward 2 in the city council.

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The space will be used as an outside entertainment area for Grand Rounds Brewing Company, but the issue for most of the other businesses that occupy the street is that the public space would solely benefit Grand Rounds.

"If (another) business wants to use it in the hours that (Grand Rounds) is not using it, they have to ask for permission prior, and they also have to submit proof of insurance. All these different restrictions kind of indicate that it's more a privatization of public space," said Claire Langton-Yanowitz, co-owner of the Yanowitz Law Firm, just feet away from the restaurant.

The majority of the other businesses in the area say they don't agree with the permit. That surprised Wojcik,who said he was under the impression surrounding businesses were on board.

"Part of the reason I was excited that the RDA was bringing this forward was the fact that I had assumed they had vetted these issues ahead of time before it came to us; it turns out that that was not the case," said Wojcik.

Still: "We don't want to get in the middle of businesses who don't necessarily get along with neighboring businesses," Wojcik said.

The permit will be further discussed during the city council meeting Monday evening; it could be revoked.

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