People who live and work in Rochester's historic East Avenue preservation district packed a planning meeting Monday night.
Residents are split on a 99-unit apartment complex on University Avenue, next door to the George Eastman House Museum.
Folks on both sides of the controversy let their voices be heard before the Commission votes on whether the project can move forward.
The property is owned by the Voiture 111 Organization. Veterans with the organization say the building is falling apart.
As part of the deal, developers would build them a new home.
"The site is the dead zone. Eastman House to the fire station. No pedestrian or bike generators in this strip. The apartment house will put more eyes on the street and people on the street. So that this dead zone can come alive and enrich the University Ave. experience," said Richard Rosen, Rochester.
"To accentuate the growth of the neighborhood, more residents, more people thriving in a growing neighborhood. More residents, more people thriving, in a growing neighborhood We think, we think it's good for everybody," said Patrick Dutton, Rochester.
Critics say adding an apartment complex would ruin the historic district.
"We believe that the development of a project of this size will dramatically, adversely affect the vistas from our property. At this point, the view from the east side of our property is very much like what George Eastman would have looked at. This would greatly damage the view from the east side of our property," said Bruce Barnes, George Eastman House.
If it's built, the complex would be three to four stories tall.
The planning Commission had hoped to vote on the project Monday night, but did not. It postponed voting until the end of October.