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Council approves Vick Park A renovation

Mark Siwiec, a Rochester real estate agent, was approved by Rochester City Council on Dec. 17 for a $115,000 grant and $285,000 low-interest loan to renovate 45 Vick Park A.

The money will be used to transform the building from 29 rooms — formerly housing drug dealers, users and prostitutes — to 10 to 12 one-bedroom and studio apartments.

“I have always focused on getting responsible, reputable and safe tenants in our community and getting rid of the tenants who make their neighbors feel unsafe and uncomfortable,” Siwiec said.

He purchased several Vick Park A properties in March 2012 and has since renovated 47 Vick Park A into six one-bedroom apartments with new appliances, tile showers, windows and hardwood floors. Siwiec also recently spearheaded the renewal of 43 Vick Park A, which has been half renovated, with five of 10 units complete. The building features the same amenities as 47 Vick Park A and is currently occupied.

With the support of City Counsel, Siwiec, according to a release, will use top-of-the-line materials to renovate 45 Vick Park A. He estimates that work will take approximately six months with leasing beginning in September.