Finalists Announced for 7th Annual 2017 Reshaping Rochester Awards

One of the pieces of art being produced for "Her Voice Carries."

Winners will be announced at Awards Luncheon November 16. Tickets are on sale now.

The Community Design Center Rochester announced today that seventeen finalists have been selected for the 2017 Reshaping Rochester Betty Strasenburgh and Robert Macon Awards. Nominations were made by the public.

The 7th Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards recognize exemplary projects and initiatives in the nine-county Finger Lakes region that make a positive impact on people, neighborhoods and communities.

Winners of the Strasenburgh and Macon awards along with winners of the Joni Monroe Award, which are selected by the CDC Rochester Board of Directors, will be announced at this year’s Reshaping Rochester Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave. in Brighton.

Individual tickets are $50 and tables of 8 are $500. They are on sale now in advance only, not available at the door, until November 10th or until sold out and may be ordered online or by calling 585-271-0520.

Bob Shibley, Director and Dean of University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning will deliver the luncheon’s Urban Observations keynote presentation.


Finalists –   2017 Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism

Named in honor of a longtime Rochester activist and philanthropist, this award recognizes civic spirit, persistence and determination in turning a vision into reality.

Bob Bartosiewicz for his efforts in revitalizing Downtown Rochester’s inner core through the rehabilitation of the Granite Building and former BCBS/Excellus Building.

BASWA Street Light Project and Flower Basket Initiative for leading a successful merchant and neighbor led initiative over a multi-year period to raise funds for decorative and historically appropriate street lights along the South Avenue commercial corridor.

Bessie Clifton for her inspirational spirit, mentorship and involvement in numerous community organizations in the City of Rochester.

The Eklin Family for their vision and commitment to create a sense of community to the city of Geneva and the surrounding area.

Her Voice Carries for the sharing of powerful and uplifting stores of women within the community through public art.


Finalists – 2017 Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation

This award honors the late architect Robert Macon’s civic contributions and transformative projects that spanned a 30-year career.

Eastman Gardens

Eastman Gardens for the adaptive re-use of the Eastman Dental Dispensary into mixed-income affordable housing for seniors.

Elmwood Manor – Highland Ave Townhouses for being an exceptional example of design practices within the built environment.

Mark IV Enterprises and Anthony DiMarzo for the contribution of unique solutions to strengthen downtown Rochester’s core, improving the downtown waterfront and preserving the city’s historic fabric.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park for the restoration and renovations that have re-invigorated this valuable public amenity.

MCC’s Downtown Campus for providing critical access to post-secondary education and services on the city of Rochester’s northeast side and creating an important linkage within the urban fabric of the area.

The Metropolitan – for the rehabilitation of the Chase Tower, reconnecting it to the street and the neighborhood’s public space.

1360 Mt. Hope Avenue for being a model of infill development that demonstrates good new urbanist practices.

Newberry Place – fresbLAB for rehabilitation of the JJ Newberry retailer and the creation of local revenue through it’s “restaurant incubator” concept in Batavia.

The Parklet at 1344 University Avenue for being Rochester’s first parklet and benefitting the many businesses in the neighborhood by creating a comfortable and attractive public place.

Public Market Addition for structural renovations that have enhanced this historical marketplace.

R Community Bikes Inc. for providing transportation to Rochester’s citizens by giving bikes and repairs to financially-struggling neighborhood residents.

Stadium Estates for the revitalization of a challenged part of the City of Rochester, bringing new life to the JOSANA neighborhood.

The Joni Monroe Award, is nominated by the CDC Rochester Board of Directors, in honor of founder and former CDC Rochester executive director. It recognizes efforts that advance the enhancement and vibrancy of the public realm.


About Community Design Center Rochester

The Community Design Center Rochester is an independent nonprofit organization promoting healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities through quality design and thoughtful use of built and natural resources. It facilitates citizen-led planning processes that help communities to define values and priorities for their development. CDCR’s design professionals provide technical assistance, design guidance, and planning and policy recommendations to neighborhoods, community groups and municipalities throughout the nine-county Finger Lakes Region. The Design Center also organizes the annual Reshaping Rochester lecture series and awards. CDCR has worked with many communities in the Rochester region, including neighborhoods along the El Camino Trail in Rochester, the Village of Penn Yan, Joseph Avenue, the Town of Lima, Corn Hill, Upper Monroe, the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, the towns of Pittsford and Brighton, and more.