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Photo of the Day: Where Did the Elks Club Go?

Here's why it was demolished — and what's going in its place.

The former Elks Club building on the corner of Main Street and Lysander Road just north of downtown Rochester is a memory now.

The building was demolished Thursday morning. What's planned in its place? A Real Estate One office, which will be built set back about 20 feet from the road. The Elks Club building was right next to the street, in the right-of-way, which would have made road improvements on that strip of Main Street difficult, city officials said. 

"We are excited to have a new building in town, and really happy to see a real estate office there," said Rochester City Manager Jaymes Vettraino. 

Vettraino said the city has been "very cautious" in allowing permits for the redevelopment of the Elks Club property. Several fast-food restaurants, including Taco Bell, expressed an interest in that spot, he said. However, because the property is surrounded by a residential area, restaurants — especially drive-thru restaurants — were discouraged there.

Thanks to Patch reader David Youngman for the photo!

Scotty O November 08, 2012 at 11:14 PM
So when are they going to start building the Taco Bell at Livernois and Walton???
Jill P November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Too bad Rochester can't get a market like Rudy's ( in Clarkson)... I just bought a home across the street and that would have been convenient. Or a nice restaurant... nothing fancy, and certainly no drive thru; but Real Estate one?? I guess I can understand that they want to get out of where they are now.
Jill P November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Sounds good to me!!
David Gifford November 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Jill, I agree. Rochester could benefit from a market downtown. I would do my shopping there instead of driving a mile in either direction from where I live downtown.
Craig S. April 05, 2013 at 05:50 PM
The Elks consolidated with the North Oakland Lodge, here is their link, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rochester-North-Oakland-Elks-Lodge-2225/117058288322020 (copy and paste it in your browser) There still working within the Rochester community, along with the North Oakland one.

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