Community Design Center News.................................November 2022
ROC the Day with CDCR on November 29!
On Tuesday, November 29, the Greater Rochester community will come together to ROC the Day and we need YOU to join us. It's 24 hours of unprecedented community giving— and it's your chance to make a real difference right here in our region. Your support will directly fuel our mission to create vibrant, equitable, and resilient communities.
Awards Luncheon on November 16
Each year, the CDCR presents a special event to honor the winners of the Reshaping Rochester Awards. The awards recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community.

Winners will be revealed at our Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 16 at Harro East Ballroom. The event will feature a special keynote address from Senator Jeremy Cooney!
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Public Engagement Opportunity
Third and Final Batch of Draft Zoning Code:
Coming Soon!

The City of Rochester plans to release the final batch of draft zoning code to the public in early 2023. At that point, they will hold another series of public meetings to discuss the release and collect feedback. Then, they will release the entire revised draft code and map along with a draft environmental impact statement for community review and input. In the meantine, the first two batches of draft code are available for review and comment via the comment portal.
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Image Credit: Melissa Simpson
Community-Owned Commercial Real Estate
is Having a Moment

"Ortiz's new landlord is the neighborhood where she grew up. In October, she signed a lease with the Kensington Corridor Trust for the storefront at 3314 Kensington Avenue. She's the Trust's first commercial tenant. It's a new type of commercial real estate entity that, as previously covered in Next City, is attempting to put control over the corridor's future economic development into the surrounding community's hands."


Image Credit: The Other Side Village
A Village for Salt Lakers Experiencing Homelessness is Designed for Self-Sufficiency

After much community input, "Salt Lake City's city council voted in favor of a project to build a small community of tiny homes for people experiencing chronic homelessness, in a project that organizers hope could be a model for other cities." Organizers acknowledge that broader, long-term solutions are needed -- but in the meantime they hope this village "can actually help them get in sustained housing and become members of the community, rather than being isolated."


Image Credit: Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images
The Next Step on Climate Action: Parking Reform

"California currently stands on the cusp of enacting a powerful climate policy that targets this enormously wasteful allocation of urban land [parking]. A bill now under consideration by Governor Gavin Newsom, Assembly Bill 2097, would eliminate parking mandates across the state."

See What Our Friends Are Doing
Friday, Nov. 11 | 4:30pm-7:00pm | The Metropolitan (14604)

Join Product Runway participants to celebrate this year's second Product Runway show that took place on October 14. Light food and beverage provided with first drink provided by AIA Rochester (cash bar to follow).

Thursday, Nov. 17 | 5:00pm-7:00pm | CJS Architects (14607) & Online

Are you an architecture student or re-entering the job market? Check out this hybrid event which will address how to create a professional portfolio and resume. Learn what to do (and what NOT to do) from fellow professionals in the industry.

Thursday, Nov. 17 |3:00pm-5:00pm| Conkey Corner Park (14621)

Final trail keeper event of the season, followed by a year-end toast at Three Heads Brewing! Make your way over to the Thomas R. Frey Trail at El Camino to walk the trail and pick up trash. This City-owned rail-trail is 2.2-miles long, connecting the El Camino neighborhood with Seneca Park and beyond. All ages welcome!

Saturday, Nov. 26 |10:00am-4:00pm| Hungerford Building (14609)

Spend Small Business Saturday at the Hungerford and support the CDCR's neighbors! There are many handcrafted items to choose from, including: pottery, paintings, scarves, quilts, bags, jewelry, journals, posters, books, comics, antiques, leather goods, and more. Plus, you can grab a bite and a drink at Happy Gut Sancutuary or Seed & Stone Cidery.