Rochester Community House Signs New 20-Year Agreement

The City of Rochester and the Rochester Community House organization are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:05 p.m., a 20-year agreement has been signed that clearly spells out both the City’s and the organization’s responsibilities; and solidifies several  more decades of partnership. City of Rochester Mayor, Stuart Bikson, and Rochester Community House Board Chair, John Cadieux, signed the agreement. This agreement comes after the city approved (earlier this year) substantial renovations that will be taking place in 2022. The goal of the renovation is to improve the appearance, usability, and to make the building as maintenance free as possible for the near future.

Two men shaking hands while seated at a table. A screen of the future building is in the background.
City of Rochester Mayor, Stuart Bikson, and Rochester Community House Board Chair, John Cadieux, signed the agreement.

“I am looking forward to seeing the renovated Community House and believe the additional space and having a modern building will be of great benefit for our community to use and enjoy for many generations to come,” said Mayor Bikson.

“There are too many people to thank for their hard work and contributions they have made over the past 45+ years, but they know who they are. Just know that you are highly valued,” said Board Chair John Cadieux.

More than $1 million dollars in renovations are planned for the Community House, starting in early 2022. The building will have the entire roof and siding replaced, with the northern portion of the building being removed and replaced with a walk-out basement space and a much larger conference and gathering space above, with an improved lookout meeting room to the east. Patio, decks, an elevator, and other improvements are also planned.

Rochester Community House Rendering of the planned renovations. An American flag is in the foreground.
Rochester Community House Rendering

Beyond the City’s renovations, the Rochester Community House non-profit is also planning extensive interior improvements and landscaping through a fundraising campaign titled “Polish the Gem,” said Alan Smith, Executive Director of the Community House. The goal is to raise $500,000 to update all aspects of the interior and certain landscaping projects on the north and east of the building.

“The Community House greatly enhances our beloved Municipal Park and having an improved facility will allow our residents and non-profits to have a beautiful meeting place,” said Blaine Wing, City Manager. Wing will be the lead City staff person overseeing the renovation.

Renderings of the proposed renovations and photos of the signing are available online for the 20-year agreement.

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