The City Council has approved a zoning change that would allow conversion of the former St. Jerome Hospital into senior citizen housing.
The six-story 50-year-old Bank Street structure, owned by United Memorial Medical Center following a merger of the community's two hospitals, also would house outpatient health care services.
The previous zoning -- medical district -- does not permit housing. The change would allow up to 37 "affordable multifamily senior rental units."
The potential developer -- Conifer Realty of Rochester -- says it needed the zoning change before it could apply for financing from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal.
The St. Jerome building has been largely vacant for five years since the hospital mergered with Genesee Memorial Hospital to created the medical center, which bases most of its services at the former Genesee Memorial site on North Street.
In other business, the council:
* Unanimously agreed to table a proposal for a neighborhood development coordinator, a position that would pay $35,000 a year and replace an ordinance enforcement officer.
* Approved replacing a traffic light at Richmond Avenue and Union Street with four-way stop signs.