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Voters Block Community groundbreaking planned

Rochester Business Journal
December 23, 2010

The Voters Block Community, a $27 million affordable housing project in Rochester, is slated to break ground today.

The development will include new construction and rehabilitation of 120 rental homes and 12 commercial establishments along West Main Street and in adjacent neighborhoods.

The groundbreaking is slated for 3 p.m. at 431 W. Main St., where Susan B. Anthony voted illegally in 1872.

The project is slated to include new construction of an apartment building at 431 W. Main St.; renovation of the historic Wertz Building at 556-560 W. Main St.; renovation of the historic Frederick Douglass Apartments and commercial spaces at 442-466 W. Main St.; and new construction of 45 single-family and duplex homes on infill lots located in adjacent neighborhoods.

In July, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York awarded $2.3 million in grants for five affordable housing projects that will result in more than 420 units in Rochester. The Rochester Housing Authority received $772,200 for the Voters Block Community project.

The RHA will be a co-owner of the project, and act as property manager for all of the 45 single-family and duplex homes, officials said.

Spirtus Christi Church will operate the Voting Box Cafe on the first floor of the new building at 431 W. Main St., as well as provide supportive services to residents.

Edgmere Development Inc. is the consulting developer for the entire project, and is responsible for all financing and local approvals.

Home Leasing LLC will be a co-owner of the project, general contractor for all construction, and also act as the property manager for 431 W. Main St., 556-560 W. Main St. and the Frederick Douglass Apartments.

(c) 2010 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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