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The Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood Association
"Together We Can Make A Difference"

Plymouth Exchange Neighborhood

Plymouth-Exchange, or PLEX for short, is a neighborhood centered on the parallel roadways of South Plymouth Avenue and Exchange Street. Parts of PLEX are included in the Third Ward Historic District. It is a largely residential area where University of Rochester students and employees mingle with working-class families.

Running along the southeastern border of PLEX is the Genesee River Trail, between Exchange St. and the Genesee River. Entrances to the trail are located at Flint and Violetta Streets. The geography of PLEX is also notable for the hill on South Plymouth that offers some very nice views of the downtown skyline. Both rent and real estate are extremely cheap. House prices are well within the five digits, sometimes as low as $25,000 for small ones.


In recent years PLEX has experienced a surge of redevelopment, including new businesses, new housing at Carlson Commons and Plymouth Manor, and the University of Rochester's Brooks Landing Project. In January 2012 UR announced that it was expanding the Brooks Landing Project to include yet more student housing. The new dormitory, located on Plymouth Ave (on the border between PLEX and the 19th Ward), is expected to be eleven stories high and home to 145-170 upperclassmen, in addition to the 400 already living in Riverview. A restaurant open to the public will occupy the first floor.
In July 2012 UR opened the Erie Lackawanna Pedestrian bridge extending from the Genesee River Trail behind Exchange Street (near the Flint Street entrance) directly to Wilson Boulevard on the River Campus. (The first pedestrian bridge was the one at Brooks Landing, which opened in 1991.) This allows students living in Riverview Apartments quicker access to the River Campus and provide the UR community an easy way to reach downtown via bicycle. (Note: UR officials advise against using this portion of the Genesee River Trail at night, due to its isolation and lack of lighting.)

PLEX Neighborhood Association

The Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood Association serves the Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Carlson Commons, 70 Corretta Scott Crossing, at 6:00PM. All neighborhood residents and other interested persons are welcome. As of June 2012, the executive director is Dorothy Hall. PLEXNA dues are two dollars a month.