Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association


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  • City of Rochester Considers Housing Immigrant Children Blossom South has 86 bedrooms, 11 of them are private.  In an email circulating to some who live in this Upper Monroe Neighborhood,  owner Israel Segal of New York City says the building has what it takes to house immigrant children comfortably.   "I believe we're in favor of it because there's such great need.  And here an empty facility right here, that's designed as a residential facility.  And it appears, at least on first blush, that it would be a good use for that," said Chris Stevens, Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association. The city asked the president of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood to take the pulse of neighbors.  Chris Stevens will report back to the city on Wednesday.  Most folks  we spoke with welcome their potential new neighbor. (July 21, 2014)

  • [UPDATED] Blossom South to house immigrant children?  story has been updated to include a statement from Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. The owner of the former Blossom South nursing home is interested in turning the now vacant home over to the federal government to house immigrant children who are facing deportation, according to an e-mail sent by Chris Stevens, president of the Upper Monroe neighborhood group. The e-mail apparently went to everyone subscribed to the Upper Monroe e-mail list. (July 20, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper

  • City weighs plan to house immigrant children at Blossom South City officials are weighing a proposal to house up to 172 undocumented immigrant children in the former Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center building on Monroe Avenue. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, who tentatively is open to the idea, met with city officials Monday to discuss the possibility of housing young immigrants in the shuttered skilled nursing facility after Blossom South’s owners contacted a city official, Warren administration spokeswoman Jessica Alaimo said Tuesday. The proposal is preliminary, Alaimo said. The city has not contacted federal officials to discuss the plan’s feasibility or whether the building at 1175 Monroe Ave. in the city’s Upper Monroe neighborhood would be suitable.  (July 22, 2014) Rochester Business Journal

  • This Christian nation: the immigrant children  Early this week, a ray of hope broke through locally: The owners of the former Blossom Nursing Home on Monroe Avenue have contacted city officials about sheltering up to 172 of the children at that site. Mayor Lovely Warren and her senior staff are studying that inquiry, to assess the facility and the children's needs and to talk with area neighborhood groups, service providers, and faith groups. In a press release on Tuesday, Warren said that if the children are to be housed in Rochester, "it is imperative we ensure that the environment is a safe one for them, where they can receive not only the legal support, but the spiritual and emotional support that they will need in order to make the transition back home or to another place of safety." (July 20, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper

  • The battle over bar hours  Violent incidents connected to two Rochester clubs, Captain's Attic and Magic City, have prompted intervention from City Hall. But it's a little-known court ruling that really has the potential to shake up the late-night scene in the city. The decision is sending nervous ripples through at least some of Rochester's neighborhoods. Chris Stevens, president of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association, says her group is very concerned about the impact of the ruling. "My first reaction is, obviously, what are the ramifications for the residents?" she says. (July 23, 2014) Rochester City Newspaper
  • Upper Monroe | | Democrat and Chronicle Date established: In 1840, C.F Crosman founded the Crosman Seed House at 901 Monroe Avenue. By 1890 it was one of the largest seed houses in the world, covering over 1,200 acres. The neighborhood grew up around the company, with most of the homes built in the 1910s and 1920s. The Crosman Seed House was sold in 1925. Number of households: 1,400 households are home to approximately 3,300 residents. Link to website: Description: Upper Monroe includes 17 streets that intersect Monroe Avenue between I-490 and Culver Road. The neighborhood is located 1.5 miles from downtown, with easy access to the East End, Geva Theater, the public library and other downtown destinations.  (June 22, 09) | Democrat and Chronicle | Rochester news, community, entertainment, yellow pages and classifieds. Serving Rochester, New York
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Culver Road Armory Update

Since initially being informed of the State’s decision to declare the Culver Road Armory surplus property, UMNA and twelve other community organizations have been meeting regularly to influence its development.

So you want to organize a block party  

One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors is to organize an old-fashioned block party for your street.  The easiest way to do this is to just hold the block party at someone’s house and hand-out flyers up and down your street announcing the event.  Then you would pick a theme for food and activities, or just hold a free-for-all pot luck supper.  Activities could include anything from organized children’s games or bike parades, pop-corn machines, display of fire department equipment, balloons, etc. on down to do nothing but talk to your neighbors.  While informal, even these small block parties often benefit from an ad hoc block planning committee just to spread the work and insure a successful event.  

But sometimes you want to do more by blocking-off your street.  This gets a little more complicated since you can’t just block off any ole street without City approval.  To block off your street, you have to apply for a City “special event” and a street closure permit through the City’s Special Events Office.  To close the street will require a petition with signatures of 60% of the residents.  While this is a pain, it can often be a good way to meet your neighbors and to publicize the block party.  (Note: don’t let the 4 page special event form scare you to death.  It is used for major parades, large festivals, races/walks so much of the form does not apply to block parties.  Also don’t read the fine print of the special even form too well since some attorneys have been known to have apoplexy regarding some of the liability language).  Someone will have to deliver the petition (along with the permit application form and a check for $20) to the Office of Special Events in room 202A of City Hall.  The City will deliver barricades and trash boxes if you need them (8’ long barricades cost $7 and the trash boxes are $3).  The City will notify the Police Department and they will often stop by to say hello.  

Other than the permit forms, block parties which close the street will require the same or greater planning and organization as the off-street parties.  Generally, the larger the block party, the more work and the more need for a planning committee.  But large or small, UMNA certainly supports any efforts you make to sponsor block parties and to get to know your neighbors better.  

If you have any questions, please give me a call at 442-2035  --John Thomas  

Good Neighbors

In a snowstorm, we all help each other dig out, but being good neighbors is a year-round activity! Small things can make all the difference. Don't block shared driveways without asking. Say Hi! to a neighbor! Haul back your trash trolley on Thursday night, not Sunday! Keep an eye out for elderly neighbors. Park nice and "park up" - leave room for someone behind you at the curb, so driveways don't get blocked by the desperate!

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Neighborhood Service Center

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