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Thu September 20, 2012
Officials Cut the Ribbon on Voters Block Community Project
Rochester's Voters Block Community along West Main Street is officially open.
The $20 million project includes 39-mixed use apartment building with a new 1872 Cafe.
Thursday, developers and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the place where Susan B Anthony, and 15 other women, voted illegally in 1872. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy attended the ceremony saying investing in Rochester's inner city helps residents take pride in where they live.
"This is what transforms and changes cities and neighborhoods," Duffy says. "It's not done easily it's done with a lot of work and a lot of time I think this is just one example that i think we should pause and just look at this is a great model for the future. "
Mayor Tom Richards echo's Duffy's remarks saying the housing project will have a positive impact on the neighborhood.
"It isn't enough to have a single site that's nice. We need to have a neighborhood that's nice. This is going to be big enough and strong enough to have that kind of impact."
The remainder of the project includes construction of 45 new, single family homes and duplexes in the surrounding neighborhoods. These homes will be managed by the Rochester Housing Authority.