Work at the Evergreen Foundation’s Cherry Street development is underway. The Housing First style apartment complex (see more) is being handled by the development team of LPCiminelli, SWBR Architects of Rochester, Southern Tier Environments for Living (STEL), and Preservation Studios.
This project is one that will help to focus attention over to Genesee Street (back side of development), which for all intents and purposes could become an extension to the Genesee Gateway, which is relatively close. There are a number of seemingly vacant brick buildings scattered along Genesee, directly behind the Evergreen Lofts, which will hopefully become properties of interest now that there is a lofty infusion of development on the block.
There are also a number of vacant lots found in-between the viable buildings – a comprehensive plan for Genesee might include a number of different development scenarios that would help to bridge this section to Michigan Avenue. The WNY Maritime Charter Center and Public School 115 are also in this vicinity.
The potential to move development eastward in this case is potentially exciting. If some of the underutilized properties on Genesee can free up, and investors begin to look at the area between Michigan and Spring, this would be an excellent spoke to tackle.
On the front side of the Evergreen Lofts is the Kensington Expressway, which is an entirely different can of worms – a conversation for another day.
The low hanging fruit in this case is Genesee Street – on the back side of the Evergreen Lofts (rendering below).