Mayor Warren irons out new ideas for Parcel 5

Mayor Warren reveals new ideas and visions she'd like to see take shape on Parcel 5. (PHOTO: PROVIDED)

ROCHESTER -- Mayor Lovely Warren briefly announced new ideas for Rochester's Parcel Five and the proposed Performing Arts Center.

Warren, who was re-elected Mayor of Rochester in November, says the debate over Parcel Five was used as a political football during the election. On Wednesday, she told 13WHAM at an event, she and her team are getting to work.

"People have talked about this as a Performing Arts Center, but we really want this to be an entertainment complex," Mayor Warren said.

In 2017, it was announced that the Golisano Center for the Performing Arts and Tower will be built in the space on East Main Street and will feature housing, retail shops, restaurants and additional parking. Parcel 5 is one of the Midtown development parcels created since the demolition of Midtown Plaza was completed in 2011.

Mayor Warren said 776 construction and permanent full-time jobs will be created as a result of the project. Of those, 610 jobs would be construction jobs; 166 permanent full-time jobs would be added for the PAC and tower.

Mayor Warren adds that she wants to see the center become more than just a place for Broadway shows.

"A place where you can open up the doors and allow concerts to open up and stream music outside," Mayor Warren said. "Also, something that the community can utilize culturally."

The idea comes just one day after one of the projects biggest donors, Tom Golisano, told 13WHAM that he wants to see a plan sooner than later.

"I told the mayor a couple months ago that it is not good forever," Golisano said, referring to his $25 million pledge to the project. "I have other people who want help, and there's so much help to go around."

One of Rochester's newest City Council members, Malik Evans, is looking forward to reviewing the new plan as well.

"I think it's better to move slower and be more effective than move fast and not," Evans said.

"We are committed to getting this project rolling along and would love to engage with Mr. Golisano," Mayor Warren adds. "It is to make sure he's informed and he is committed, because I do believe that this is the right project for downtown Rochester."

Mayor Warren is working to secure funding both privately and from the state. A representative from Assemblyman Joe Morelle's office told 13WHAM that the City of Rochester has been actively communicating with legislators.

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