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Judge dismisses George Eastman House challenge

Rochester Business Journal
May 7, 2014

A state Supreme Court judge has dismissed Article 78 petitions filed by the George Eastman House, clearing the way for a Morgan Management LLC development on University Avenue.

George Eastman House representatives challenged Morgan Management’s plans to construct a 99-unit apartment building with up to four stories at 933 University Ave., adjacent to the Eastman House, by saying it does not fit with the neighborhood.

The challenge included the Rochester Preservation Board’s approval of the project.

Morgan plans to buy the property that now is home to veterans group Monroe Voiture 111 of the national Forty & Eight Club. The Perinton firm would renovate the Voiture building in addition to constructing the apartment complex.

In his decision Monday, Supreme Court Justice Thomas Stander said there is no basis for the Article 78 petitions against the preservation board.

“This is a great day for the more than a dozen veterans groups of Rochester who have come to call Monroe Voiture home,” said Paul Ciminelli, a U.S. Army veteran and attorney representing the organization, in a statement Wednesday.

“Judge Stander essentially upheld the decisions of the city of Rochester Preservation Board and the city of Rochester Planning Commission, each of which had carefully reviewed and approved plans for this project.”

Representatives of the Eastman House are reviewing the situation, they said Wednesday.

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