Sustainable housing development begins construction in downtown Rochester

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New York Construction Report staff writer

Construction has begun on a sustainable and affordable mixed-use housing development in downtown Rochester, adjacent to the historic St. Joseph’s Park.

The all-electric Alta Vista apartment building will include 76 units and space for public events.

The project’s developer is Ibero-American Development Corporation. Edgemere Development, Inc. is the consulting developer.

“We are thrilled to see this project underway and grateful for the public and private partnerships that make these transformative projects possible,” said Edgemere Development, Inc. Partner and Senior VP of Real Estate Development Chris Roland. “Edgemere is proud to partner with IADC once again, and see progress after years of planning, beginning with the City’s RFP for the site in 2019.

“This project will further transform downtown Rochester, replacing old parking lots with new mixed-use investment, and enhance the connection with St. Joseph’s Park and the neighborhoods to the north.”

In the last five years, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) has created or preserved about 3,800 affordable homes in Rochester.

Alta Vista at St. Joseph’s Park will be constructed on four vacant lots along Franklin, Pleasant and Andrews Streets and within the city’s DRI target area. The six-story building will include 76 apartments and 2,600 square feet of commercial space to be used by The Landmark Society of Western New York for free public event programming and special private occasions tied to the historic St. Joseph’s Park.

The all-electric building, which features a rooftop solar array, is expected to achieve identified goals of Passive House Certification and the Energy Start Multifamily New Construction Program. Alta Vista will receive further certifications for Department of Energy Net Zero Energy Ready Homes and Environmental Protection Agency Indoor AirPlus.

Residential amenities will include free high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi internet, a laundry room, a community room with kitchen, multiple lounges, on-site parking, tenant storage, an outdoor patio, and an indoor children’s play area.

“By contributing to the growing live-work-play environment of Downtown Rochester, Alta Vista at St. Joseph Park and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative are helping us create a safe, equitable and prosperous Rochester by inspiring hope and delivering opportunity for everyone,” said Rochester Mayor Malik D. Evans.

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