City of Rochester Ranked First in Michigan and 16th Nationally for Increasing Home Values

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The City of Rochester was recently ranked first in Michigan and 16th in the nation by NerdWallet among the country’s cities with the fastest increasing home values. The designation was based on data from the real estate website Zillow.com, which identified the cities with the biggest increase in home values since 2009. Rochester ranked the highest of all three Michigan communities included in the national top 50 list. According to the publication, Rochester’s home values have increased an … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Receives ‘AAA’ Bond Rating

The City of Rochester recently received the highest ‘AAA’ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P) for the City’s series 2015 limited-tax general obligation capital improvement bonds financing its Parking Platform Construction Project. Rochester joins the very few Michigan communities with an ‘AAA’ bond rating and is just one of two cities with a population of less than 20,000 to receive this highest rating from S&P.  The ‘AAA’ rating is based on … [Read more...]

Rochester Parking Platform Construction Kicks Off January 2015

As a part of the City of Rochester’s comprehensive parking management strategy, the City is breaking ground on the next phase of the strategy: construction of two parking platforms in the downtown district. Construction on the East Street Platform, located on East Street between Fourth and University, will begin on Monday, January 5. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 4 pm on January 5. The westerly Walnut Blvd. Platform, located on Walnut Blvd. between Fourth and University will also … [Read more...]

37th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival in the Park Brings Old-Fashioned Family Fun to Downtown Rochester

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There is something for everyone at the 37th Annual Greater Rochester Heritage Days Festival which takes place Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Municipal Park in downtown Rochester. The festival celebrates the community’s history, traditions and culture and is chocked-full of old-fashioned family entertainment. The festival opens on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. and coincides with the City of Rochester’s official dedication of … [Read more...]

Rochester Election Choices 2013

Rob Ray for Rochester City Council

Election Time for the City of Rochester Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, this year. Voters will go to the polls to pick from a slate of five candidates for city council. Rochester Media reached out to those running for office to offer readers a chance to get to know the candidates before the election. Rochester City Council Candidates Currently, Rob Ray serves on the Historical Commission for the city of Rochester. “As a neighbor, I share the same community values and … [Read more...]

Main Street is Now Open!

Main Street in Downtown Rochester reopened to traffic today at 12:30 pm. One travel lane northbound and one travel lane southbound are open, along with left turn lanes at Second and University Drive. University Drive is also open to traffic. Third and Fourth street at Main will remain closed for the next few weeks. “Thank you to everyone who worked hard to complete Phase One of the project and for the cooperation of our businesses and residents to make this phase a huge success”, stated … [Read more...]

RCOC, MDOT, Rochester Hills, and Rochester to jointly conduct press conference to discuss Rochester area road projects

Officials with the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the City of Rochester Hills and the City of Rochester will join forces Wednesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. for a joint press conference to discuss current and impending road and bridge projects in the Rochester area. The event will take place at the gazebo at Veteran’s Memorial Park at the southeast corner of the intersection of Livernois and Avon roads in Rochester Hills. The … [Read more...]

Rochester’s new parks and rec plan debuts

Wondering what the city of Rochester is planning for its parks? During the month of March, the city will offer residents a peek at the proposed new Park and Recreation Master Plan. The 30-day comment periord leads up to a public hearing by the master planning committee on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. The city has been working on a five-year plan which will serve as a guide for the development and improvement of the city’s parks. The committee will take public comments during the hearing, which … [Read more...]

Rochester’s Main Street Makeover

Starting in April, downtown Rochester is getting a makeover. Well, at least Main Street is. This project includes a complete reconstruction of Main Street from the Clinton River Bridge to the Paint Creek Bridge. The finished project will reveal a fresh Main Street, complete with reclaimed brick planters, street seating, LED light poles, improved water service, and much more! Downtown and all downtown businesses will remain open throughout the construction period. In addition to all the … [Read more...]

An open letter to the Rochester Council by Scot Beaton

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I understand your frustration 100% with the Rochester Hills council; I have been fighting the "fiscally responsible" battle with them for years. Even when you put 30+ hours of your own free personal time into reading their budget line item by line item...even when you send out emails and phone calls to the staff and get your "numbers" 100% right... all you get from them is three minutes at their budget public hearings and deaf ears. These 6 charts (charts I created) FY 2011 clearly explain just … [Read more...]