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Kodak planning changes in Eastman Business Park and surrounding neighborhoods

Sep 1, 2017

Rendering of 'Kodak Center'
Credit Eastman Kodak

Kodak officials are working with other organizations, planning a number of changes for Eastman Business Park and the surrounding area.

Next week, the former Theater on the Ridge, recently called the Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, will unveil a new marquee and digital display.  And with that, Kodak says there is a slight name change for that theater: It will now just be known as Kodak Center.

Eastman Business Park President Dolores Kruchten, says the change is being made to highlight the fact that facility will be used for a broad range of activities.

In a recent presentation to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Kruchten also revealed plans that include using empty parking lots at Dewey and Eastman Avenues for housing developed by Pathstone, the not-for-profit community development organization.

“We’re in the process of working with Pathstone to buy that property and develop it into housing, that would be about 350 units of single family and then 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, they’ll also have some commercial space and some community space,” she told WXXI News.

Kruchten says other plans Kodak is involved with including working with MCC to expand a workforce development center at the Eastman Business Park.

“They’re going to be opening up what they call the Finger Lakes Development Center and they’ll be doing that in one of our buildings at Eastman Business Park and that will house up to, they anticipate, almost two thousand students, that they’ll be putting through various trade school programs.”

Kruchten says Junior Achievement will also be developing a building used by the former Kodak Fire department to provide more extensive career training.