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Help Susan B. Anthony save Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Petitioning Dana K. Miller

This petition will be delivered to:

City Council
Dana K. Miller
Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association
Dawn Noto
Landmark Society
Caitlin Meives
Rochester Subway
Mike Governale
City of Rochester Preservation Board
Peter Siegrist
Deputy Mayor
Leonard Redon
Neighborhood and Business Development
R. Carlos Carballada
Senior Staff Assistant Office of the Mayor
Alinda Drury
Commissioner Environmental Services
Paul Holahan
Assistant to the Mayor
Darryl Porter
Dollar General
msimpson@dollargeneral.com
Dollar General
cpachtin@dollargeneral.com
City of Rochester
City Council
City of Rochester Zoning
Tim Raymond
City Council
Matt Haag
City Council
Adam McFadden
City Council
Elaine M. Spaull
City Council
Lovely A. Warren
Maye Development
Marvin Maye
Rose Maye
Toni Felton
Robert Lovett
Tracey Jones
Donald Hardaway Jr
City Council
Carolee A. Conklin
City Council
Loretta C. Scott
City Council
Carla M. Palumbo
City Newspaper
Chris Fien
Commissioner of Recreation and Youth Services
Luis Burgos
Director Communications
Gary Walker
Democrat and Chronicle
Stuart Low (Democrat and Chronicle)

Help Susan B. Anthony save Westminster Presbyterian Church

    1. Susan B. Anthony
    2. Petition by

      Susan B. Anthony

      Rochester, NY

UPDATE: The owner of the property is again trying to have the building demolished.  He claims that he will place a discount grocery store in its place (rather than a Dollar General which was his original plan).  No grocery chain has stated an interest in the property and intially when the owner went before the city board he claimed that the Dollar General constituted a grocery store.  Clearly his motives of destroying a neighborhood while lining his pockets has not changed.

I spent my life fighting for equality so that your lives would be better. I believe in you and your right to participate in our democracy and create a more perfect union. I am here to tell you that this right to determine your own future is slowly being taken away from you.

My neighborhood, the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, is slowly being destroyed by those who care little for freedom or our collective history. What will happen if our history is destroyed? What will be left to remind the people of our struggles and ideals.

There is a developer who over the decades has destroyed the buildings that make up my neighborhood and now he has set his sights on 660 West Main Street. It is the address of the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Built in 1859 (during my lifetime) the church was a bustling chapel that helped German immigrants make Rochester home. With the help of the church the German community grew and thrived. Together they built Bausch and Lomb, the Genesee Brewing Company, the plant nurseries that dotted our growing city and much much more. They're even responsible for our nickname -- the flower city. It was so great to see these men and women embrace the opportunity that America represents.

The residents of the community want to preserve the building and use it as an arts and cultural center -- celebrating Rochester's rich history and culture. The developer wants to demolish the building and build a Dollar General.

Yes, a Dollar General.

And if you don't act the City of Rochester will let it happen. Sign this petition and let everyone you know that you stand with me, Susan B. Anthony. By signing this petition you're letting everyone know that your voice matters and we as a community should have the right to determine what gets built in our community and what part of our history gets destroyed.

Don't let this piece of Rochester get destroyed. It's our history. It's your history. Sign this petition and help stop the demolition.

"Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry!"
--Me

Recent signatures

    News

    1. It's a scandal

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer

      Here is the perspective of Stacie Colaprete who lives next door to the church. https://www.facebook.com/notes/stacie-h-morris/its-a-total-scandal-the-saga-of-the-old-church-continues/86133075657

    2. Owner tries to demolish the church again. Hoping that a new mayor will do

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer
      New plans, same objections to razing church

      Plans to raze a former West Main Street church are again moving forward - and neighbors are again mobilizing against it. Developer Marvin Maye wants to replace the weathered building and a crumbling brick house with a full-line food store.

    3. We are winning the fight!

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer
      Demolition of West Main Street church halted for lengthy study

      Plans to demolish a West Main Street church building must undergo an extended, months-long study, the city has determined. That decision stalls redevelopment of 660 W. Main St. for a Dollar General and carries no promise of approval, even if the work is done.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. An editorial in today's D&C!

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer
      Don't rush to erase a piece of Rochester history

      As a neglected yet irreplaceable Reconstruction Era church building faces a commercial developer's wrecking ball, the city of Rochester's zoning board acted prudently Thursday in pumping the brakes and calling for further study. The decision of whether to allow Marvin Maye to raze a building he rightfully owns and replace it with a Dollar General store and retail plaza can't be made carelessly.

    6. A new D&C article

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer

      A new article on the Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Thursday zoning hearing to take place at City Hall at 11am. Get there early if you wish to sign up to speak. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20121128/NEWS01/311280034/West-Main-Street-church-Dollar-General-Rochester

      Hearing Thursday for controversial plan to raze West Main Street church

      A controversial plan to raze a West Main Street church for a Dollar General goes to a public hearing on Thursday. But no decision will be made, for the time being. The latest delay - as city staff determines whether a full-scale review of neighborhood impact is warranted - has frustrated developer Marvin Maye, who contends the city is dragging its feet.

    7. A new article from rustwire.com

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the newest article on our efforts to save Westminster Presbyterian Church. http://rustwire.com/2012/11/05/famous-dead-rochesterian-riled-up-about-planned-church-demolition/

      Famous (Dead) Rochesterian Riled Up About Planned Church Demolition | Rust Wire

      ROCHESTER, NY- With Halloween behind us and election time upon us, neighbors and preservationist in Rochester's Susan B. Anthony neighborhood are finding that a powerful ally from the spirit realm in the form of Susan B. Anthony herself has joined their efforts to save a local historic church from being demolished and replaced with a dollar store.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Rachel Barnhart covers the attempted demolition of historic church

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer
      Dollar Store Fight " The Rochesterian

      The fight over the proposed demolition of a church on West Main St. is about more than historic preservation. It's also about the proliferation of dollar stores. Marvin Maye wants to tear down the 140-year-old former Westminster Presbyterian Church and put up a Dollar General.

    10. Our voices are being heard!

      Susan B. Anthony
      Petition Organizer

      Our voices are being heard. Read this article, post comments and continue to spread the word! http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20121001/NEWS01/310010042/Rochester-church-preservation-efforts

    11. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Terry Schmitz ROCHESTER, NY
      • 6 days ago

      Landmarks are important to preserve the culture of our city.

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    • Cacie Willhoft OAK PARK, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      I love Rochester, and would hate to this this building disappear.

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    • Bonnie Mclean ROCHESTER, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I love old churches

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    • Paul Jonasse ROCHESTER, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      It would be a travesty to destroy this beautiful building and replace it with "modern" building. Please do not allow this to happen.

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    • Tim Haughian WINNIPEG MANITOBA, CANADA
      • about 1 month ago

      Learning about the history Of Rochester helped me fall in love with the city. If it was in Canada, I'd move there in a minute. Please don't under-estimate the value of presenting your history to visitors. Like it did wirh me, it may influence them to return again and again, spreading the word as they do.

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