Work on the Brooks Landing redevelopment project in the 19th Ward is progressing toward an eventual conclusion, despite numerous delays in its advancement.

“The University is encouraged that the project is moving ahead,” UR Office of Communications Public Information Coordinator Sharon Dickman said. “The process is complex and involves representatives from city, county and state governments as well as private developers.”

Upon its completion, the Brooks Landing project will be a “college town” atmosphere just across the pedestrian footbridge from the River Campus.

The footbridge was the first phase of the project that was completed in 1991 to connect Wilson Boulevard with Plymouth Avenue.

Although the project broke ground last November, plans for redevelopment have existed for over 20 years.

“The University participated in a study that was done in 1983 to see what kind of enhancements should be made to the South River Corridor,” Rochester community activist Dana Miller said.

The plan for Brooks Landing features a public riverfront promenade on the Genesee river and a commercial shopping center with student-centric shops, including a caf.

Also included in the plan is a hotel, for which construction recently began. The hotel will appeal to families of students, in addition to other visitors.

The last obstruction to the commencement of the redevelopment project was the approval from the National Park Service.

The reason for the retention of approval for years was due to the fact that Brooks Landing will encroach on 1.38 acres of land that are currently part of Genesee Valley Park.

U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter was an integral part in securing approval for the project through the National Park Service.

“The project will make the area a community anchor, improving not only the 19th Ward, but also the University of Rochester and areas up and down the Genesee River,” Congresswoman Slaughter said.

Environmental concerns were put to rest, however, when designers included dedicated parkland within the project and the promise of increased access to the current public trail system.Majarian is a member of the class of 2008.Additional reporting by Catelyn Halusic.

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