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Design Center announces revitalization grants

The first two projects of the Rochester Regional Design Center’s new Development Design Fund Program are a history museum and a school, both in distressed Northeast neighborhoods in the city of Rochester.

The program provides professional architectural and planning services including design, planning and feasibility analysis to nonprofit community and neighborhood groups and community development corporations.

Selected for the first grants of $5,000 each are:

• The Joseph Avenue Business Association for a pre-development feasibility study to create a Museum of History and Religion in the heart of the Joseph Avenue corridor on the site of the decommissioned former B’nai Israel Ahavas Achim Synagogue.

• Dazzle School of Visual & Performing Arts, which serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, for pre-development work for potential expansion to the vacant building at 130-134 Webster Avenue. Rehabilitation of the building will also serve the surrounding Beechwood community with the improvement of the overall streetscape.