As our EcoDistrict moves forward, can it draw in prized land near High Falls? – New York News

As our EcoDistrict moves forward, can it draw in prized land near High Falls? – New York News

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High Falls property is currently owned by RG&E, but the community remains hopeful that it will soon be accessible to the public.
Lauren Peace

One of Rochester’s most unusual, desirable pieces of land — at the bottom of the Genesee River gorge near High Falls — is largely empty and begging for re-use.

The fate of the land, the site of RG&E’s recently demolished Beebee Station power plant, has always been unclear.

But the parcel is smack in the middle of Rochester’s innovative new eco-district in-the-making, and there’s hope that could spur change.

“Beebee’s down now. It’s an intriguing possibility,” said Michael Philipson, co-founder of Greentopia, the nonprofit that is organizing the EcoDistrict at High Falls.

An eco-district is a neighborhood dedicated to sustainability, one in which the residents and businesses agree to pursue practices meant to lessen impact on the environment and improve quality of life.

Work on the Rochester eco-district, which would be the first in New York state and one of the first of its kind in the nation, began three years ago.

The draft plan for the EcoDistrict at High Falls is to be unveiled at a public gathering Thursday evening at which people who work and live in the district, and anyone else interested in sustainability and eco-driven development, is welcome.

The public meeting runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Made on State, the arts and community space at 510 State St.

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