How can we balance historic preservation with economic development?
This fall, the Landmark Society released its annual "Five to Revive" list. A site in Seneca Falls has generated some debate, and a bit of pushback from area residents who question the mission to save the former National Yeast building. Developers have discussed turning the building into a convenience store; the Landmark Society has visions of mixed use, space for artists, and more -- just not a convenience store. But some residents say the area is a kind of food desert, and there is a need for even a chain store.
It's an example of the debates communities must have moving forward. Our guests discuss it:
- Caitlin Meives, preservation planner for the Landmark Society
- Larry Francer, associate director of preservation for the Landmark Society
- Josh Durso, former Seneca Falls resident, and columnist for the Finger Lakes Times
- Emil Bove, Seneca Falls resident, local attorney, and former member of several local town boards
- Mitch Gruber, member of Rochester City Council and chief programs officer for Foodlink