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PlanScape Impact(s): Recreation & Open Space ; Universal Design
Public Pinned Co-design Report on Riverfront Small Area Plan led by City of Rochester and DMC EDA
Last modified: November 19, 2022




Consultant Team Report and Recommendations to the City of Rochester



Complete Report (Downloaded from Rochester River Front Small Area Plan website)



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Immediate Actions Section of the report



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LINK to City Council Study Session May 16, 2022







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Other Riverfront Small Area Plan Pinned Reports

November 30, 2023 : Riverfront Small Area Plan

November DMCC Board:

Video Clip,

Presentation Slides

May 19, 2023 Report to DMC

Nov 20 City of Rochester Study Session

March 24, 2022 : Riverfront Small Area Plan Community Engagement Sessions

Rochester’s downtown riverfront is poised for transformation. The Riverfront Small Area Plan project will create a high-level plan for future phased redevelopment.

February 03, 2022 : Riverfront Small Area Plan Consultant selected

Gambol Associates, a Massachusetts firm, selected for the project to come up with a concrete proposal. 

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Pinned City of Rochester and DMC EDA organization and project reports


Project Report of Downtown Waterfront Southeast: 6th Street Bridge Concept Design : August 17, 2022 : RAISE AWARD AMOUNT: $19,900,000

The City of Rochester has been awarded a $19.9 million dollar United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant.

Project Report of Bus Rapid Transit (2nd Street SW Link) : June 24, 2022 : Mobility Updates change proposals at May 2022 DMC Board Meeting

May 2022; February 2022 and November 2021 Rapid Transit Updates and Upcoming milestones presented to DMCC. 

Project Report of Downtown Waterfront Southeast: 6th Street Bridge Concept Design : November 17, 2021 : Downtown Waterfront Southeast: 6 Street Bridge Concept Design Meeting

Neighborhood meeting November 2021

Project Report of South-of-Downtown Waterfront Small Area Plan : May 29, 2021 : South-of-Downtown Waterfront Small Area Plan

March and May 2021 status slides and recording. 

Project Report of Bus Rapid Transit (2nd Street SW Link) : September 08, 2020 : Rochester City Transit Development Seeking Co-designers

Co-designers will be Rochester residents with strong connections to their communities and local knowledge of their neighborhood and the Rapid Transit Project area. 

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Project Phase Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
About Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community,'s  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. could be an interesting first step.

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