Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA)

UMNAlogo2The Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association (UMNA) is a not-for-profit advocacy group representing the 3,300 residents and property owners in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood.

The Upper Monroe neighborhood exemplifies the best of the Monroe Urban Village. Residents can easily access the ingredients essential to comfortable city living – retail, restaurants and recreation resources – within walking distance of their homes. Its boundaries are marked at the north by Route 490, south at the city line with the Town of Brighton, east on Culver Road, and west to Field Street.” – City of Rochester | Southeast Neighborhoods – Upper Monroe

We’ll keep you continually informed of happenings on our Community News page.  Sign up to our E-mail List (see side bar) for the latest buzz on UMNA area happenings. And, if you’ve got something to say about the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, say it on Nextdoor Upper Monroe, or Upper Monroe Neighborhood’s Facebook. Also, our neighborhood includes Washington Grove Park, a beautiful Old Growth forest wonderfully maintained.

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4/3 – Public Meeting – Cobbs Hill Village Construction Plans

Monday | April 3 | 7:00 PM | New Life Presbyterian Church, Monroe Avenue at Rosedale

Learn about Rochester Management Inc. plans for Cobbs Hill Village on Norris Drive.

Provide informed concerns or support.

Rochester Management Inc. currently plans to demolish the existing brick one-story buildings that comprise Cobbs Hill Village within Cobbs Hill Park and:

  • Construct two three-story and three two-story buildings in their place.
  • Increase the number of units on the site from 60 to 98.
  • Create a number of fully handicapped accessible apartments.
  • Continue construction on the site from August 2017 through completion in 2021.
  • Remove some large trees on the current site.

The plan would result in approximately 10 studios, 60 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom apartments, and 18 two-bedroom town houses.

Our concerns include:

  • Rents will rise from the current average of $414 a month to an initial estimated cost ranging from $657 per month for studios to $1,000+ per month for town houses (plus electricity), diminishing Rochester’s stock of low-income housing.
  • The buildings will be a much more visible presence within Cobbs Hill Park.
  • New construction will require extending the date when this property reverts to the city (and can possibly again become park) well beyond 2041.
  • Increased traffic on Norris Drive, which is heavily used by children & youth.
  • Sturdy buildings that appear to have years of service remaining will be lost, diminishing the stock of Rochester’s low-income senior housing.

Neighbors, Park Users, Rochester Residents invited.

Sponsored by The Coalition for Cobbs Hill Park

For further information contact: savecobbshill@gmail.com


 Got neighborhood issues?

banghead Don’t bang your head against the wall trying to find answers. Come to our monthly UMNA meetings. Often police, service center, city officials, and fire department show up to address your issues.

DATE CHANGE: November UMNA Meeting Will Be One Week Early
October 25 | Tuesday | 7:00 – 8:00 | New Life Church (Use Rosedale Entrance)
All Are Welcome’ No Subsequent November Meeting


Sprucing up Belmont Garden on Belmont Street. The neighborhood association supports and maintains five gardens in the neighborhood. [Go to UMNA Gardens] The works is done weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6PM to 7PM. We have had fewer folks volunteering than usual (due to vacations and injuries) this year and are looking for ways to get some more help or change how we are doing “things” to make working with us more attractive. Should we change the meeting/work time? Would it be possible for a group of friends to take over one of the gardens? Other ideas? Anyone interested in joining us or working independently on one of the sites? Any other ideas to keep the gardens looking beautiful? Please feel free to contact me at gojane@frontiernet.net with any thoughts or suggestions.

Upper Monroe Neighborhood Garden Maintenance

Wednesdays | 6:00 – 7:00

Join neighbors each Wednesday to care for our 5 lovely community gardens along Monroe Avenue and Culver Road.  Nothing strenuous here but some necessary dead-heading (that’s a technical term) and weed pulling.  Email Jane at gojane@frontiernet.net to find out which garden to meet at this week.

The Flowers for the Four Neighborhood Flower Planters at the corners of Monroe Avenue and Rosedale were provided and planted by Lisa Jacques again this year.  They are beautiful, and in need of regular Water!  Will you sign up to water them for one week this summer or fall?  We have some open slots on the calendar.  Contact Jane Alexander gojane@frontiernet.net to get on the schedule and help keep us beautiful.

It’s quick and easy. Water jugs will be provided so you can fill them at home and make one quick trip to the planters each day for a week.  The weeks run from Monday through Sunday.

AND Stop by the Park Ave. Pets, 993 Monroe Ave., Rochester, NY to thank Lisa for the lovely flowers!

Monroe Branch Library [• 809 Monroe Ave. • 428-8202] events:

Open pdf file for events at the Monroe Branch Library for the month of October: monroe-october-bookmark


L i b r a r y
R e s o u r c e
O u t r e a c h LRC
C e n t e r

Help with: Food, Case Management,  Clothing, Housing, Health Care Any other services

Rundel Memorial Library: Mondays 10-2  | Wednesdays 12:30-3 Thursdays 1-3

Legal Only:, Friday 1-4 |No appointment necessary.


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Upper Monroe

A recent local news article claimed, “All your friends are moving to Victor,” but many DINKs (that’s “Double Income, No Kids”) are choosing to live within city limits and still enjoy a healthy, affordable lifestyle. The Upper Monroe neighborhood — nestled near the Swillburg and Park Avenue neighborhoods and right near the Brighton town line — is a natural progression for young couples or even families who want to move beyond renting in the trendy Park Ave or South Wedge areas. (Full disclosure: I recently moved to Upper Monroe after several stints in Park Ave and one in Marketview Heights.) Cobbs Hill is within walking distance. The Culver Road Armory boasts high-end shopping and eateries — with another expansion in the works. Street parking is always available. Single-family homes are affordable and sit on tree-lined lots. The city’s largest community garden, Wide Water Gardens, is located between Rosedale and Hinsdale streets. Upper Monroe? More like Upper Fun-roe. [See Best of Rochester 2015: Critic Picks, Rochester City Newspaper, October 28, 2015]

What’s so special about Upper Monroe Neighborhood?

  • We are a friendly  business/residential neighborhood
  • We have an awesome community garden project called: Wide Water Gardens
  • We were instrumental in getting Bicycle Boulevard program into the City of Rochester’s Bicycle Master Plan
  • Weekly, during the summer, we maintain our many UMNA Gardens, placed about our neighborhood
  • We have a major Urban Forest that is continually maintained. Learn about the Washington Grove Preservation Project and help out by first checking out Friend of Washington Grove Park Facebook.
  • We keep our neighbors informed with our newsletter, our email list, link to the Nextdoor Upper Monroe program (which is like an online neighborhood watch program, and (of course) this website–which is always up to date.
  • UMNA is a proud member of Rochester People’s Climate Coalition (RPCC) with over 73 organizations of faith, business, and many more to Encourage local leaders to take steps to prepare our region for the future effects of climate change (e.g., update transportation and utilities infrastructure)
  • We sponsor many events throughout the years, including the Winter Party, plant sale, Harvest Party, and more.
  • We are presently being considered for high speed internet Greenlight Networks
  • Especially with Fleet Feet now in the Culver Road Armory mall, we are the running neighborhood in the city.



bikeROCHESTER Consider bicycling through Upper Monroe Neighborhood instead of driving. Save money, increase your health, see the great sites more casually, and lower your carbon footprint. Learn all about bicycling in Rochester—what the laws are, what the signs on the road are, how to get a bike rack, a bike locker, where and what bike boulevards are and just about anything you need to know about bicycling safely in our neighborhood. Form the City of Rochester, NY.

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