On Wednesday, April 13, The building located at 38 Hanson Street, formerly known as Robbin’s Auto, was demolished to make way for a mixed-use, 3-story building that will feature 14 apartments, 2 ground-level commercial units, and residential parking.
38 Hanson Street was purchased by the City of Rochester in 2017 after several years of vacancy. The original intention was to create additional municipal parking spaces, however, following public opposition, the project was shelved until a more suitable proposal was presented.
According to Economic Development Deputy Director, Jennifer Marsh, her department wanted to see “the right fit” for the parcel, highlighting the proposal’s importance and its long-term benefits to downtown.
“This property was underutilized,” said Marsh. “Hanson Street is a critical component to our downtown district. We need a viable building that will contribute to the health of the downtown economy and enhance the overall streetscape.”
Construction is expected to begin in the late spring, early summer. Marsh says the additional apartments and commercial units will add a new life to Hanson Street. Combined with the Scenic Salinger project, and the new building set to replace the former Hoffman Furniture building on North Main Street, Marsh expects to welcome hundreds of new residents (and their visitors) downtown.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for…” said Marsh. “For years, Rochester residents and business owners have wanted swift action, especially downtown. This additional housing will generate foot traffic that will directly support our downtown merchants and restaurants while making Rochester a more vibrant place to live, work, and visit.”
Planning and Development Director, Shanna B. Saunders, also expressed excitement over the coming development saying “The growth and development of our downtown is Priority #1 for the City.”
“As proposed, this project continues the effort to bring lasting and meaningful development in our community and adds a fabulous piece to the existing historic development pattern,” said Saunders.