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Cobbs Hill Village Redevelopment

The redevelopment of Cobbs Hill Village in Cobbs Hill Park is an ongoing, multi-year project with notable impacts. This page is designed to help neighbors stay updated.

Background

Cobbs Hill Village is a low cost senior housing project located inside Cobbs Hill Park dating back to when WWII era prisoner-of-war housing was converted to low-cost senior housing in the 1950s. Beginning about 2014 the non-profit manager/developer of Cobbs Hill Village began planning to demolish the current buildings and redevelop on the site. The effort was highly controversial and eventually wound up being decided in the NYS Supreme Court in favor of the developer after the Rochester City Council & Mayor both approved the redevelopment plan.
The phased re-development began with partial demolition of certain buildings on the site in the Spring of 2023. Construction will continue for three years or so according to published reports of the plan. Learn more by following the links below the photos.

Photos & Background

The historic photos below were found on public websites:
Historic photo of POW housing - Circa 1940s
Prisoner of War camp at Cobbs Hill in 1942
Historic photo of POW housing - Circa 1940s
Interior shot of POW camp
Historic photo of POW housing - Circa 1940s
Lake Riley and the Lodge circa 1940s
View of Cobbs Hill looking west circa 1956
Democrat & Chronicle press clippings from the 1950s:

News report from April 4, 2017:

Spring, 2023

The photos below were captured since redevelopment began in the spring of 2023 by longtime tenant in Cobbs Hill Village, Lee Sengbusch.
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
Roots cut near "protected" (per the development agreement) trees.
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
Large oil tank discovered, excavated pm site.
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
Trucks removed contaminated soil & filled with replacement soil.
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
First cement is delivered through a remarkably long hose.
Photo of the Cobbs Hill Village redevelopment - May, 2023
A new sign was added to the fence surrounding the project noting the group that lent the last 10% of the project that the State could not.

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