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The future of Downtown Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. -- New details are emerging about the future development of Downtown Rochester.

The developer of Midtown has released renderings of the project, showing the planned transformation.

We are working very closely with a very large national movie theater chain to put a 10-screen movie complex in, we are working with several food retailers -- Tops being one of them -- and another one from out of town. We have several women's clothing manufacturers and the normal assortment of restaurants, national restaurant chains and a couple bars looking it, said Larry Glazer, CEO and managing partner of Buckingham Properties. A lot of retailers who are not in the area said, 'I don't want to be in Greece 'cause then I can't hit Pittsford; I don't want to be in Victor because then I miss Greece.' This is a midpoint.

Apartments will fill the top 14 floors of the building. The third floor will be office space and the bottom two floors are planned for retail.

We are in for building permits," said Glazer, who hopes to start announcing leases in a few months and has Spring 2015 as a target day for completion. "We expect to have trailers onsite sometime in March and well start actual construction, late April, 1st of May at the latest."

Its just some of the hundreds of millions of dollars going into revitalize Downtown.

We've got huge landscape changing, big blockbuster projects, like the filling in of the inner loop, like what's happening on the Midtown block, Sibley complex, Alexander Park," said Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation. "There are a lot of big multifaceted investments going in."

Developers of the Sibley Building are hoping to bring back a building that once was.

We're fortunate enough to be developing the most beloved building in the City of Rochester, and our goal is to transform it into the premier destination downtown, said Joe Eddy, vice president of Winn Development. (We want) the Sibley Building to be a continuation of whats happening on East Avenue and connecting it to the St. Paul Corridor and also expanding into the new Midtown.

These changes all come as the population downtown grows.

Weve lost, in the City of Rochester, 120,000 people in the city of limits since the year 1960 or so. (We're) beginning to see that starting to reverse, (and) Downtown is part of that story, said Zimmer-Meyer. We've got a lot of responsibility to make sure the environment works for the investment and for the people who are coming into the center city, because we abandoned it 35 or 40 years ago and we need to take it back now.


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