Two homes on the Landmark Society of Western New York House and Garden Tour, June 7-8, are on the block where Highland Hospital purchased a house in January, which remains vacant. The hospital’s plans for its house at 27 Bellevue Drive remain unclear.
Members of Defend Urban Neighborhoods, an affiliate of the Highland Park Neighborhood Association, will staff an information table on Bellevue Drive during the tour, seeking support in retaining the neighborhood’s residential character. The group opposes expansion of Highland Hospital’s footprint and will seek signatures on a petition to retain the neighborhood’s residential zoning, which would prevent the hospital from using homes it owns or acquires for institutional purposes.
Wayne Goodman, executive director, The Landmark Society of Western New York, issued this statement of support for Defend Urban Neighborhoods:
"The preservation of our urban neighborhoods is important to our overall livability in the Rochester region. A strong urban core leads to a stronger metro area as a whole. The historic character of urban neighborhoods is paramount to the larger issue of sustainable, urban city living. Rochester's historic neighborhoods have weathered the storm of urban flight and are now poised to be more vibrant than ever, as these types of neighborhoods become the neighborhoods of choice for a new generation of entrepreneurial, community-conscious individuals."
Highland Hospital also made a purchase offer on the bed and breakfast at 428 Mount Vernon Avenue at the entry to block-long Bellevue Drive, but the offer was not accepted.
Tickets for the Landmark Society Tour are available online or at Parkleigh.