New group aims to get people involved in re-development plans for Charlotte

Updated: 06/16/2014 5:17 PM
Created: 06/16/2014 3:38 PM WHEC.com

Neighbors angry over a plan to bring new development to Charlotte are getting ready to speak out again.

“Charlotte Strong” formed about two weeks ago. Part of its purposes is to get people in the entire region involved – not just Charlotte residents. Members say they will be heard at Tuesday’s Rochester City Council meeting.

As the sound of construction blares in downtown Charlotte, there’s anticipation in the air. Lee Selover is the owner of Windjammers. He said, “It's going to be interesting what the progress actually reveals in the end.”

The City's final plan for the Charlotte area could include a high-rise. That idea is causing a lot of controversy. Selover said, “It might be blocking our view when it's all over and said.”

Enter a new group – “Charlotte Strong”. The group is made up of concerned residents who say they started getting together to ensure whatever is built here is a longtime success.

Clare Stortini of Charlotte Strong said, “We acknowledge that everyone might not agree on what type of development is needed. We want development but we also want the city to capture the community's vision.”

The City of Rochester says it’s still working on that vision by collecting community input for the final design but it will include condos, a hotel and retail space. The specific have yet to be seen, leaving members of Charlotte Strong pushing for residents to speak out and even handing out t-shirts. Stortini said, “We encourage those in the community to have their voices heard and one of those tools we provided them was information on how to be heard at City Council.”

The next round of community input sessions will be on Saturday at the Port of Rochester terminal building. Tomorrow night’s meeting of City Council takes place at 7 p.m. inside chambers inside Rochester City Hall.

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