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College Town project is on time

Rochester, N.Y. College Town, the $100-million project on Mount Hope Avenue in Rochester is on track to be finished by fall.

Its been a work in progress since May 2013 when developers broke ground for the 500,000 square-foot building.

Everything had gone pretty smoothly, said Project Manager Adam Branscomb of Fairmount Properties.

By mid-July the first floor retail space, including a mix of shops and restaurants will have tenants working to get their space ready to open.

I think primarily when you look at the daytime population in and around the university and its medical campus. It's the largest employer within a nine county area, Branscomb explained. There really hasn't been an area where people can go for lunch for an after work cocktail with colleagues, a place to pick up dry cleaning, pick up a meal to bring home to the family, without having to get into the car.

With construction on time, employers are now looking for employees to fill the nearly 500 jobs that the project is projected to create. They held a job fair at the Staybridge Suites Rochester University on Genesee Street, Tuesday.

I've been looking for a job more or less a year now, said Daniel Diaz. Diaz was one of well over 100 people looking for work. I have a two year old son that I need to support you know and you know just for me just to stay busy, stay out of trouble, go on a different path so to speak.

According to developers, around 75-percent of the retail space is full and they are currently negotiating more leases.

 
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