Tuesday, June 23, 2015

10 Home Area Renovations That Likely Need a Pro 

Working on a DIY remodel, deciding whether to call in a specialty contractor to perform a specific task comes down to several areas you'll need to consider: 
  • Skill. Do you have the necessary skills to build a sound structure, and do it safely?
  • Scale. Is the size of the project one that you can handle in a reasonable amount of time?
  • Cost. When factoring in the value of your own time, can the project be completed for less cost by a professional? Do you have the tools you need?
  • Aesthetics. Can you finish the project attractively enough that you're not sacrificing resale value? Would a rough grout joint or wallpaper seam bother you?
Learn more about the specific problem areas that often require professional help below.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Morgan-LeChase acquires 21 acres for Canandaigua project

Morgan-LeChase Development LLC said Thursday it has closed on its acquisition of 21 acres of land across from Kershaw Park in Canandaigua for its Pinnacle North project.

The intent is to turn a blighted area along the north shore of Canandaigua Lake into a hub of economic revitalization, with residences, recreation andtourism opportunities, the developers said.

The plans include roughly 450 one-, two- and three-bedroom lakefront residences, as well as restaurant, retail and designed outdoor environments.

The purchase price of the property was not disclosed.

Morgan-LeChase first unveiled early conceptual plans in June 2013 for a mixed-use development project then referred to as the North Shore.

Since then, the project team, which includes architect David Hanlon, has worked with local and state government on approvals for the first phase. 

"We have put an enormous effort into the planning of this development while working collaboratively with the support of many private and public lenders, as well as local and state officials,” said William Goodrich, president and CEO of LeChase Construction Services LLC, in a statement. 

A projected 20- to 24-month construction timeline is expected once the company breaks ground in the next couple of weeks and begins the clean-up. 

“We are very optimistic about the prospects we are in discussions with for the public-use building and believe this space will be a premium destination feature for both local residents and visitors,” said Kevin Morgan, Morgan-LeChase vice president, in a statement. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Inner Loop Bridge Construction

Work to begin Tuesday on Inner Loop bridge

Construction is scheduled to start Tuesday on the $5.9 million project to rehabilitate the bridge that carries the Inner Loop over the Genesee River and Brown’s Raceway.

“This section of the Inner Loop is a busy and vital link in Rochester’s transportation network and this project will ensure continued safety in the High Falls district,” state Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement. 

The project includes replacing the top layer of the bridge roadway surface to extend the life of the structural deck, as well as repairs to steel beams, concrete piers and bearings. Minor sidewalk repairs, curb improvements and replacement of the existing concrete median barrier are also included in the project.

Some 31,000 vehicles cross the bridge—located between the State Street and St. Paul Street exits—every day.

On Tuesday, the entrance from State Street to the Inner Loop eastbound will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In mid-June, the St. Paul Street entrance ramp to the Inner Loop westbound will close for roughly a month. One lane in each direction will be maintained.

“Keeping in mind Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of minimizing impacts to the traveling public, we will be limited the most disruptive Inner Loop closures to weekends, when traffic volume is the lowest,” McDonald said.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sibley Building makeover gets $10.2 million from state

The redevelopment of the Sibley Building got a boost Tuesday to the tune of $10.2 million from the state as part of a project to build and preserve affordable housing.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the grant, awarded to Sibley Redevelopment Phase I LLC for the first phase in the multi-phase redevelopment of the historic building. The first phase includes building 72 units of mixed-income senior housing as well as elevators, a gym, game room and access to services and transportation.

The grant was part of more than $141 million in awards for affordable housing across the state. The low-interest loans, grant and tax credits are expected to leverage more than $469 million in grants, loans and private resources, the governor’s office noted. The funding will also go to build or preserve 2,160 affordable apartments statewide.

“Providing greater access to safe and affordable housing is a top priority of our administration and with this investment, we are helping more New Yorkers find a place to call home,” Cuomo said. “This is not only an investment in affordable housing projects, but a critical step towards developing safer communities, stronger local economies and brighter futures for all New Yorkers.”