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City announces Midtown Rising names

Rochester, N.Y. -- Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced Monday the city picked names for the new street and plaza created as part of the Midtown Rising redevelopment.

Warren and a committee decided on Midtown Commons for the new open space and 'Andrew Langston Way' for the new street. They were picked from among 328 suggestions submitted to the city between March 17 and March 31.

The names will be forwarded to City Council for approval at the May 20 meeting.

"Midtown Commons honors both the importance of Midtown Plaza to Rochester's history and the new space's common use for everyone now and into the future that is consistent with the original Midtown vision -- a collaboration for the benefit of the City of Rochester and its residents, as well as retail and commercial businesses and arts groups," Warren said. "Midtown Commons speaks to what this community is all about."

Andrew Langston Way will pay homage to the founder and CEO of WDKX-FM 103.9. He died in 2010.

"In April of 1974, WDKX went on the air as one of the first black-owned radio stations in New York and today is one of the only locally owned radio stations in Rochester," Warren said. "Just as Midtown Plaza was the first of its kind for indoor malls, Andrew Langston was a true Rochester pioneer for African-Americans in the field of broadcasting."

The new streets at the Midtown site are expected to be completed and open by the end of May.

A dedication ceremony is being planned.

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