The Community Design Center of Rochester will honor its Reshaping Rochester Robert Macon Award for Urban Observation and the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism winners and honorable mentions at a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester.

The awards recognize people and projects advancing the Rochester region. The winners will be selected by a jury of community members.

The Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation is given for a building, development or planning effort that has contributed in a unique way to the community and earned praise for its solution in response to urban design and the built environment. The finalists are Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management for its redevelopment of Tower280, City of Rochester for the Port of Rochester Marina, New York State Department of Transportation for its redevelopment of the Kendrick Road corridor, Rochester's Cornerstone Group for Stadium Estates and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship for its adapting of the former Rochester Savings Bank.

The Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism celebrates civic spirit, persistence and determination that translates visions into reality. It recognizes a personal effort to advance a difficult and worthwhile endeavor and honors leadership that encourages others to pursue challenging paths toward a productive end. The finalists are Theresa Bowick for her leadership as an advocate for personal health, fitness and wellness; Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Healthi Kids Play Best Team for its advocacy changes to the built environment; Mark Gregor, City of Rochester division of environmental quality manager, for his dedication to the Port of Rochester Marina project; Steven Kraft for his rehabilitation of a former drug house; Andrew Meier, former mayor of Medina, for his vision and desire to bring renewal to the city of Medina; and Neil Scheier for his efforts to revitalize the Joseph Avenue neighborhood.

“From downtown redevelopment to wellness initiatives, we are struck with the diversity of finalists this year,” said Mo Duggan, CDCR executive director. “We are thrilled that the community is looking to the Reshaping Rochester Awards to recognize these amazing projects and advocates.”

Leonard Brock, director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

“As we look to address issues of poverty and access in our community, we note that so many of the finalists address these issues head on from their own unique perspective,” said Paul Tankel, CDCR board president. “We look forward to telling their stories at our annual luncheon.”

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