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Construction begins at Tower at Midtown

Rochester, N.Y. - Construction at the Tower at Midtown is underway, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.

The City of Rochester and Midtown Tower, LLC held a plaque hanging ceremony Friday to commemorate the start of construction on the site.

Mayor Lovely Warren said, "We're going to have people in our downtown, not just for work but also to live and experience entertainment. That means we're on our way back as a city and we're completely excited about making this a place that everyone can call home."

Midtown Tower, LLC is a partnership between Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management.

The plan for the tower is a mixed-use space for retail stores and offices as well as 179 apartments, and is meant to be a cornerstone to the revitalization of downtown Rochester.

The residential area will also feature a pet-friendly dog park and wash area.

Three of the floors will be reserved for retail and offie spaces and restaurants. There will be underground parking.

"With the start of construction on The Tower at Midtown, we are seeing yet again how the Regional Councils are spurring economic activity at the local level," Governor Cuomo said. "This project is an integral part of the revitalization of downtown Rochester - one that is transforming the area into a vibrant commercial, office, and residential hub - and I look forward to seeing its progress continue over the coming months."

The site incorporates part of the old downtown mall, Midtown Plaza that was built in 1962. The mall closed in 2009.

The $59 million,1.6 acre project is expected to be completed in 2015.

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