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The Future of Rochester's History

June 17, 2019 11:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- On Monday night, Rochester City Council took a look at how to move forward, while still preserving the city’s past.

In May, the Heritage Preservation Commission voted 6-2 in favor of recommending the city create a “landmark district” in the heart of downtown.

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The district would include 32 properties which touch some part of Broadway Avenue South, 1st Avenue Southwest, 2nd Street Southwest and 4th Street Southwest.

The district is considered to have been historically significant between 1870 and 1962, but on Monday night the council said they’re not ready to make a decision yet, and noted the issue has been divisive.

“I will tell you, it’s obvious we got a lot of people’s attention, with the emails talking about how they don’t want it, how they do want it, why they don’t want it, why they do want it,” said City Council Member Mark Bilderback, who represents the downtown area, while holding a folder of letters he’s received from constituents.

“If your only position in this is stomping your feet and saying ‘no, I won’t have this’ you’re not part of the solution. So, you know, try to work with us on this. This is something a lot of people value and a lot of people oppose, but there’s a reason those of us who are elected are here to talk about this topic,” said Council Member Michael Wojcik.

City Council tabled the discussion so they could have more conversations with the community, and work to come up with alternative options.

The issue will be back on City Council’s agenda Aug. 19.

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