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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!

David Gifford November 08, 2012 at 12:38 AM
It is always great to see new construction in the city of Rochester. I hope the design is tasteful and mindful of the style of neighboring structures. This is the second building they have built and vacated in Rochester over the years. http://grho.rhpl.org/Results/Results-4.asp?ResultNumber=0&Side=1 http://rochesteravonhistory.blogspot.com/2011/03/this-month-in-rochester-history.html
Lmw November 08, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Too bad. I love Taco Bell!
Marty Rosalik November 08, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Who remembers when it was a pool hall? Before that I think I remember a store.
mclauer@yahoo.com November 08, 2012 at 01:51 AM
YEAH, I can't wait to see another real estate office building in Rochester!!
Terry R. Gonser November 08, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Interesting topic. The building started out as Davy's Food Locker. Parking was off Lysander St. I don't remember it as being a great place to shop. The A&P was the place where most people shopped.
Belle November 08, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I remember back in the '90's it was a restaurant and a nice one! MIGHT be wrong but it was the name Sea Scallops, not sure, trying to remember.
Kristin Bull (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Thanks, Patch readers, for the history lesson! A Facebook follower posted that she remembers it being a restaurant called the Bull Market in the mid-80s?
Betty S. Bradin November 08, 2012 at 11:36 AM
No, it was called Scallops.
Debbie Larsen November 08, 2012 at 12:44 PM
This building was originally built as a grocery store called Davey's Market. See the link for details: http://rochesteravonhistory.blogspot.com/2010/07/bygone-business-daveys-market.html
Jeana Schotthoefer Elmore November 08, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Yes, it's been the site of various businesses/restaurants over the years. I remember it was both Bull Market and then Scallops in the '80s then '90s.
Mackey Chandler November 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
So it will be built 20 foot back from the present road. When there is any widening of Rochester Road that means it will be right against the sidewalk again. Why don't they build to the BACK of the lot and if they lose anything in the future it will be parking?
Theresa LaPorte November 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
So where is the Elks Lodge relocating to?
Tony Casino November 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Theresa, The Elks lodge is now a part of the the North Oakland location on Army road, just north of Lakeville.
Bob Breese November 08, 2012 at 05:34 PM
The place was extensively remodeled in the late 70's by a client of mine called Furniture Village.
Marcus Burger November 08, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Thanks to the city leaders for being "cautious" regarding what type of business moved in, traffic impact could have been huge.
Linda Andersen November 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM
yep, I remember when it was Davy's. My sister lived not far from there and I used to ride my bike to the store for who knows what!
Richard McMahon November 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Scallops was an excellent seafood restaurant, tastefully decorated, upscale, and very busy on weekends. Ah, memories!
Sara J. Whitten November 08, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I live right behind that property and I'm very glad it won't be a drive thru!
Sherry November 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
HA!! and my husband worked at Scallops back in the day... he has since moved on to company in Auburn Hills.
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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