933 NOTANA Survey Report 042513 | Business

933  University  Development  Survey  

Neighborhood  of  the  Arts  Neighborhood  Association  (NOTA  NA)  
Submitted  by  Larry  O’Heron,  Jeffrey  Mehr,  co-­‐chairs,  NOTA  NA  Core  Committee;     Evan  Michael  Lowenstein,  chair,  NOTA  NA  Development  Monitoring  Committee   25  April  2013  

I.   Executive  Summary  ...........................................................................................................................................................  1   II.   Survey  Results  ....................................................................................................................................................................  3   III.   Contact  Information  ....................................................................................................................................................  13   IV.   Appendix:  The  933  University  Development  Survey  ....................................................................................  14    

I.

Executive  Summary  

In  late  December,  2012,  browsing  the  City  website,  Evan  Lowenstein  of    the  Neighborhood  of  the  Arts   Neighborhood  Association  (NOTA  NA)  learned  of  a  proposed  development  and  let  others  know:  
Project  Description:  To  remove  a  2-­‐story,  veterans  clubhouse  building,  a  surface  parking  lot  and  existing  landscaping;  construct  a  4-­‐ story,  174,000sf,  110-­‐unit  apartment  building  with  a  118-­‐space  1st  floor  parking  garage,  a  3400sf  veterans  clubhouse  building  and   21  surface  parking  spaces.   A-­‐037-­‐12-­‐13  933  University  Avenue   Applicant:  Bob  Morgan,  Morgan  Management   Zoning  District:  PD-­‐14  Planned  Development  District   East  Avenue  Preservation  District   Quadrant:  Southeast   Section  of  Code:  120-­‐194  

Strong  neighborhood  interest  prompted  a  special  meeting  on  December  29,  where  the  developer  met  with   neighborhood  attendees.  A  variety  of  views  emerged,  and  discussion  has  continued  through  the  present.     NOTA  NA  surveyed  the  neighborhood  stakeholders,  and  we  concluded  that  the  neighborhood  is  opposed  to   the  Morgan  proposal  for  933  University.  Considering  the  opinions  of  the  neighbors  in  the  survey,  two  public   meetings,  and  many  correspondences,  NOTA  NA  opposes  the  proposed  development  because  the  size  and   scale  of  the  project  is  incongruent  with  property  in  the  East  Avenue  Preservation  District.  However,  we  are   open  to  working  with  Morgan  Management  on  building  in  another  more  appropriate  location  in  the   neighborhood.   The  survey  was  designed  on  SurveyMonkey.com  and  maintained  online  from  30  March  2013  to  19  April   2013  (see  the  Appendix)  .  95  valid  responses  were  collected  and  the  data  charted  in  this  report.  Question  1   was  only  to  prevent  duplicates,  and  so  was  excluded  here.  Questions  2-­‐10  provided  data  addressing  opinions   re  the  933  University  development.   A  summary  of  responses  follows.      

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Summary  of  Responses  (95  total)  
Q     Q2   Q3   Q4   Question   Why  are  you  most  interested  in  NOTA  currently?     Regardless  of  your  answers  to  Q1  and  Q2,  about   how  long  have  you  had  a  relationship  with  NOTA?     Overall,  are  you  satisfied  with  your  experiences  in   this  neighborhood,  neither  satisfied  nor  dissatisfied   with  it,  or  dissatisfied  with  it?     How  does  the  description  of  the  project  fit  in  with   the  style  of  the  neighborhood?     Considering  the  design  of  the  project,  where  do  you   most  imagine  it  in  Rochester?     Whatever  happens  at  933  University  Ave,   regardless  of  how  the  change  comes  about,  which   statement  most  closely  expresses  your  views?     What  should  the  Preservation  Board  most  strongly   consider?     What  should  the  Planning  Commission  most   strongly  consider?     How  should  NOTA  Neighborhood  Association   respond  to  future  proposed  developments?   Top  response   Resident   0  -­‐  2  Years   Very  satisfied   %  of  total   62.11%   30.53%   49.47%   Tally   59   29   47  

Q5   Q6   Q7  

More  suited  to  another   location   Downtown   I  object  to  any  design   that  does  not  blend  in.   Supports  neighborhood   aesthetic   Affect  on  quality  of  life   for  residents   Establish  policy  and   expectations  for   proposed  development   in  NOTA.  

42.55%   32.98%   51.06%  

40   31   48  

Q8   Q9   Q10  

50%   51.06%   39.36%  

47   48   37  

     

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II.
 

Survey  Results  
 

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933 University Development

Q2 Why are you most interested in NOTA currently?
Answered: 95 Skipped: 0

Resident Business Owner Business Employee Former Resident Political Figure Artist Visitor to the neighborhood 0%

62.11%

14.74%

6.32%

5.26%

1.05%

1.05%

9.47%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Answer Choices Resident Business Owner Business Employee Former Resident Political Figure Artist Visitor to the neighborhood Total

Responses 62.11% 14.74% 6.32% 5.26% 1.05% 1.05% 9.47% 59 14 6 5 1 1 9 95

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Q3 Regardless of your answers to Q1 and Q2, about how long have you had a relationship with NOTA?
Answered: 95 Skipped: 0

More than 10 Years 29.47% (28)

0 - 2 Years 30.53% (29)

5 - 10 Years 17.89% (17)

2 - 5 Years 22.11% (21)

Answer Choices 0 - 2 Years 2 - 5 Years 5 - 10 Years More than 10 Years Total

Responses 30.53% 22.11% 17.89% 29.47% 29 21 17 28 95

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Q4 Overall, are you satisfied with your experiences in this neighborhood, neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with it, or dissatisfied with it?
Answered: 95 Skipped: 0

Dissatisfied 3.16% (3)

Satisfied 47.37% (45)

Very satisfied 49.47% (47)

Answer Choices Very satisfied Satisfied Dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Total

Responses 49.47% 47.37% 3.16% 0% 47 45 3 0 95

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Q5 How does the description of the project fit in with the style of the neighborhood?
Answered: 94 Skipped: 1

Nice change up Jarring to senses Neutral More suited to another location 0%

20.21%

21.28%

15.96%

42.55%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Answer Choices Nice change up Jarring to senses Neutral More suited to another location Total

Responses 20.21% 21.28% 15.96% 42.55% 19 20 15 40 94

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Q6 Considering the design of the project, where do you most imagine it in Rochester?
Answered: 94 Skipped: 1

Genesee Riverfront 25.53% (24)

Downtown 32.98% (31)

East Ave Preservation District 21.28% (20)

Penfield or Pittsford or Perinton 20.21% (19)

Answer Choices Downtown Penfield or Pittsford or Perinton East Ave Preservation District Genesee Riverfront Total

Responses 32.98% 20.21% 21.28% 25.53% 31 19 20 24 94

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Q7 Whatever happens at 933 University Ave, regardless of how the change comes about, which statement most closely expresses your views?
Answered: 94 Skipped: 1

I prefer small-scale projects. 15.96% (15)

I object to any large structure. 21.28% (20)

Almost any proposal would be okay. 11.70% (11)

I object to any design that does not ble... 51.06% (48)

Answer Choices I object to any large structure. I object to any design that does not blend in. Almost any proposal would be okay. I prefer small-scale projects. Total

Responses 21.28% 51.06% 11.70% 15.96% 20 48 11 15 94

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Q8 What should the Preservation Board most strongly consider?
Answered: 94 Skipped: 1

Proximity to neighborhood landmarks Structural appearance Supports neighborhood aesthetic Project footprint 0%

26.60%

10.64%

50%

12.77%

20%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Answer Choices Proximity to neighborhood landmarks Structural appearance Supports neighborhood aesthetic Project footprint Total

Responses 26.60% 10.64% 50% 12.77% 25 10 47 12 94

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Q9 What should the Planning Commission most strongly consider?
Answered: 94 Skipped: 1

Affect on quality of life for... City's need to increase the tax base Developer's reputation with city... Opinion of NOTA non-profit... 0% 20%

51.06%

7.45%

5.32%

36.17%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Answer Choices Affect on quality of life for residents City's need to increase the tax base Developer's reputation with city officials Opinion of NOTA non-profits, associations and organizations Total

Responses 51.06% 7.45% 5.32% 36.17% 48 7 5 34 94

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Q10 How should NOTA Neighborhood Association respond to future proposed developments?
Answered: 94 Skipped: 1

Establish policy and expectatio... Let the city government manage... Encourage support for or oppose... Relay information and act as... 0% 20%

39.36%

5.32%

27.66%

27.66%

40%

60%

80%

100%

Answer Choices Establish policy and expectations for proposed development in NOTA. Let the city government manage process (economic development and zoning board). Encourage support for or oppose projects, depending on the proposal. Relay information and act as a conduit to the community. Total

Responses 39.36% 5.32% 27.66% 27.66% 37 5 26 26 94

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III.

Contact  Information  

Larry  O’Heron,  co-­‐chair  of  NOTA  NA,  25  Beacon  Street,  Rochester,  New  York  14607,  585-­‐278-­‐7501  mobile,   larryoheron@gmail.com     Jeffrey  Mehr,  co-­‐chair  of  NOTA  NA,  718  University  Avenue,  Rochester,  New  York  14607,  585-­‐295-­‐3310   mobile,  jeffreymehr@kinections.com     Evan  Michael  Lowenstein,  NOTA  NA  ,  28  Arlington  Street,  Rochester,  New  York  14607   585-­‐820-­‐4068  mobile,  evan@greenvillage.us  

 

 

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  IV.
 

Appendix:  The  933  University  Development  Survey  
 

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933 University Development
Background Information
 

To maintain the credibility of survey responses (and prevent multiple responses from individuals), you must provide name,  address, phone number and email address so that we can randomly audit responses. We will not give the information to  anyone. It is for auditing responses only. 

responses be deleted).

*1. Enter your name, address, phone number and email address (or your survey
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*2. Why are you most interested in NOTA currently?
j Resident k l m n
     

j Business Owner k l m n

j Business Employee k l m n j Former Resident k l m n j Political Figure k l m n j Artist k l m n
     

j Visitor to the neighborhood k l m n

 

relationship with NOTA?
j 0 ­ 2 Years k l m n j 2 ­ 5 Years k l m n
       

*3. Regardless of your answers to Q1 and Q2, about how long have you had a

j 5 ­ 10 Years k l m n

j More than 10 Years k l m n

nor dissatisfied with it, or dissatisfied with it?
j Very satisfied k l m n j Satisfied k l m n
       

*4. Overall, are you satisfied with your experiences in this neighborhood, neither satisfied

j Dissatisfied k l m n

j Very dissatisfied k l m n

 

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933 University Development
Proposed Design
 

Summary of Proposed Development at 933 University Ave:   To demolish the Monroe Voiture clubhouse building and an 80­space parking lot; construct a 3­ and 4­story, 102­unit  apartment building with 132 indoor parking spaces, a 32­space surface parking lot and a 2­story clubhouse for the  Monroe Voiture.  

*5. How does the description of the project fit in with the style of the neighborhood?
j Nice change up k l m n
   

j Jarring to senses k l m n j Neutral k l m n
 

j More suited to another location k l m n

 

*6. Considering the design of the project, where do you most imagine it in Rochester?
j Downtown k l m n
   

j Penfield or Pittsford or Perinton k l m n j East Ave Preservation District k l m n j Genesee Riverfront k l m n
   

which statement most closely expresses your views?
j I object to any large structure. k l m n
   

*7. Whatever happens at 933 University Ave, regardless of how the change comes about,

j I object to any design that does not blend in. k l m n j Almost any proposal would be okay. k l m n j I prefer small­scale projects. k l m n
   

 

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933 University Development
Role of City Boards
 

The Preservation Board and the Planning Commission are charged with certain responsibilities in coming to decisions. 

*8. What should the Preservation Board most strongly consider?
j Proximity to neighborhood landmarks k l m n j Structural appearance k l m n
     

j Supports neighborhood aesthetic k l m n j Project footprint k l m n
 

*9. What should the Planning Commission most strongly consider?
j Affect on quality of life for residents k l m n j City's need to increase the tax base k l m n
       

j Developer's reputation with city officials k l m n

j Opinion of NOTA non­profits, associations and organizations k l m n

 

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Future
 

Role of NOTANA 

developments?

*10. How should NOTA Neighborhood Association respond to future proposed

j Establish policy and expectations for proposed development in NOTA. k l m n

   

j Let the city government manage process (economic development and zoning board). k l m n j Encourage support for or oppose projects, depending on the proposal. k l m n j Relay information and act as a conduit to the community. k l m n
   

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