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Rochester group works with community on revitalization

    PENN YAN—A group of 50 local leaders met on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to take a new look at a partnership between government and the business sector.
    Rochester Regional Community Design Center is
working with the Penn Yan community on the project.  The purpose was to address issues that are complex but not unique to the area. Protecting the community, managing growth, and preserving historical value were three of the items addressed. Also discussed were economic strategies for keeping downtown vibrant.
    The organization helps communities revitalize and provides solutions to some of the problems. Rochester Foundation is funding this local project.  Local participant Brian Zerges said he met with foundation representatives Katie Petersen and Jennifer Leonard about funding for the project. Zerges said they showed him how complex the local issues are. Work began with the design center about six months ago.
    Zerges spoke about the meeting later in the week. He has been involved with the new venture for several months. Zerges said Dundee will also be involved. Issues as a region will be studied.
    Zerges said he has been concerned about maintenance of downtown buildings. Traffic, lack of overall planning, and a lack of cohesive strategy to address pocket areas of concern are also a focus.
    Zerges said the whole idea is to bring diversity together to solve long standing issues that have not been addressed. An effort to link the downtown area with the waterfront is of importance.
    A steering committee, including other community members and the design center, will meet next to organize forums to gather public input.





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