Location: Dewey Avenue/Eastman Avenue, City of Rochester, Monroe County
Client: Pathstone Corporation
Project Type: Multi-Family/Mixed Use
Completed: Spring 2020
Engineers: Matt Tomlinson
The Eastman Reserve is a 9.38± acre parcel that was rezoned from PD-Planned Development District #12 Eastman Business Park to R-3 High-Density Residential District, to facilitate the construction of a 176-unit mixed-income, mixed-use development.
The project’s site history included a single-family neighborhood that was demolished and paved to provide a parking facility for Kodak Park, Eastman Kodak’s primary manufacturing location for many years. The parking lot was no longer utilized for employee parking and Pathstone constructed 2 townhouse buildings, 14 single-family buildings, a clubhouse, and a low-rise building with commercial space for a total of 176 apartments. The project creates an overall complement to the neighborhood with townhome style 2-story buildings towards Dewey Avenue, single-family buildings along Eastman Avenue and Goodwill Street, and a larger multi-story building toward the industrial Kodak Park.
Other amenities provided for residents include covered porch entrances, private back porches, terraces/balconies, central air, high-efficiency heating, on-site laundry, in-unit laundry hook-ups, private tenant storage, onsite parking, a playground, a community garden, high-speed internet access, Energy Star® products, rooftop patio, fitness and exercise center, commercial space, and high-quality finishes.
The project took a 9.4-acre, fully paved parcel and created approximately 4 acres of lawn and landscaped area, significantly improving drainage and water quality. Other challenges included coordinating a City of Rochester water main relining project and providing private sub-metered gas and electric due to the private ownership of utilities by RED Rochester throughout Kodak Park.
This project is a wonderful example of the redevelopment of vacant parking and creating a vibrant neighborhood in partnership with Kodak Park, the City of Rochester, the design team members, and Pathstone Communities.