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Rochester City Hall - City Projects

One of the goals of this website is to keep tabs on the major projects underway in Rochester.  Our current mayor, Mayor Warren, is facing many challenges but I feel she is doing her very best to improve our city. She certainly deserves our support. 

​Photos of some of these projects will be posted here.

If you have a concern and would like to address the City Council, you must call (585) 428-7421 before 5:30 p.m. of the Meeting day. You will need to provide your name, address, the organization you are representing (if any), and the topic you plan to speak about. 




​This website is still in its infancy, but here are pics of three major projects I am interested in following:
Rochester City Projects

Rochester City Hall is located at 30 Church Street, at the corner of North Fitzhugh Street.



Midtown Rochester Rising
(Photo: April, 2015)


Alexander Park (at Monroe and Alexander) is a success, and more improvements are on the way on the former Genesee Hospital site.


The area surrounding High Falls including Brown's Race will be transformed over the next few years.


College Town on Mount Hope is taking shape nicely.  - (Photo: April, 2015)


The Tower at Midtown 

Midtown Tower, LLC, a partnership of Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management are spearheading a $59 million project to redevelop Midtown Tower into a mixed-use complex which will bring more than 400,000 square feet of high-end commercial and residential real estate into the heart of Downtown, including apartments, and space for other commercial, retail and restaurant use. 15% of the apartments will be designated affordable, with half of those available to residents earning up to 120%, and half earning up to 140% of median area income. MORE INFO

More Projects To Keep An Eye On:
  • CityGate, opening in Spring 2014, is a 45-acre mixed-use development featuring a blend of shopping, living, dining, playing, and staying. The million-dollar-plus canal-improvement project located at Westfall and East Henrietta Road will also restore a one-mile stretch of the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. Website
  • GardenAerial: “The Friends of the GardenAerial’s innovation, stewardship and community outreach is important for this city and our future. Their plan to complete this first leg of the project and create a ¾ mile destination hub trail connecting the Genesee Riverway Trail, the El Camino Trail, the future JOSANA trail, as well as the St. Paul Quarter, 14621, JOSANA and Browns Square neighborhoods, is a collaboration and plan that will help reshape our city and neighborhoods.” 
 – Mayor Lovely Warren
Website
Costco Westfall Rd.entrance (May, 2015)
CityGate East Henrietta Road entrance (May, 2015)
  • The City of Rochester, in partnership with the NY State Department of Transportation, Monroe County, Town of Greece, and Genesee Transportation Council, is leading an effort to develop a vision for improving Mount Read Boulevard external link from Buffalo Road (NYS Route 33) traffic circle to Stone Road.
  • Lake Avenue Improvement Project: The City of Rochester is proposing to reconstruct 1 mile of Lake Avenue external link from Merrill Street (near Kodak Park) to the Genesee Riverway Trail (near Burley Road). The plan would reduce the lanes from four to three – with one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane. The project would also add safety improvements for pedestrians and transit users, and add bike lanes to connect points south to the Genesee Riverway Trail to the north.  Website
  • Rochester Bicycle Boulevards Project: Rochester is planning a network of bicycle boulevards external link to connect destinations throughout the city and give residents a safer bike commute. The plan is being developed by the City of Rochester, in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation, Monroe County, Rochester Cycling Alliance, and Genesee Transportation Council. Website
  • The Thurston Village Revitalization Project includes the design and construction of Right of Way improvements on Thurston Rd between Ravenwood Ave and Brooks Ave. These improvements will enhance the urban village feel of the corridor. The City will explore opportunities for Improvements in aesthetics, lighting, safety, street furniture, street trees, walkability, traffic, signage and gateway features as part of this project. Website
  • Redevelopment of THE BUTTON LOFTS on Monroe Ave is underway. Originally the home of M.B. Schantz & Co. Button Factory, these loft apartment homes feature high ceilings, oversized windows with expansive views, sleek modern finishes, exposed beams and brick work. The lofts will be available in one and two bedrooms. According to the developers, the lofts will be available for move in starting September 1st 2014. Website


The Button Lofts on Monroe Ave and Rutgers  (Photo: March, 2014)


  • The Rochester Performing Arts Center - Mayor Warren has recently requested 100 million dollars to help fund a performing arts center in the city. It will be interesting to see how that works out.
The Button Lofts on Monroe Ave and Rutgers 
(Behind TEMSTAD)
(Photo: May, 2015)



  • Thurston Village Revitalization Project: The Thurston Village Revitalization Project includes the design and construction of Right of Way improvements on Thurston Rd between Ravenwood Ave and Brooks Ave. These improvements will enhance the urban village feel of the corridor. The City will explore opportunities for Improvements in aesthetics, lighting, safety, street furniture, street trees, walkability, traffic, signage and gateway features as part of this project.  Website


The Tower at Midtown, completion expected in 2015.
Thurston Village Revitalization Project

  • The Sibley Building: WinnCompanies of Boston is redeveloping the building for retail, offices, and housing. A new child-care center is already in operation, and a police substation opened on the first floor. Some external improvements have been made, such as adding new awnings. A new security system has been included with a total of 57 cameras inside and outside the building.  Winn has begun work on the main atrium and has put in a couple of historically sensitive elevators. Website


The Sibley Building on Main and Clinton Streets
(Photo: April, 2014)


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Inner Loop Project
The Inner Loop is closed permanently, between E Main St and Monroe Ave/Chestnut Street. The photo below was taken on April 17, 2015.

Broad Street is closed between Union St and Pitkin St. The bridge over the former Inner Loop is being replaced with at-grade intersections as part the Inner Loop Transformation Project.  

•Pedestrians will be detoured over the East Ave bridge, north of the closure.
•Westbound traffic (to Broad St from Union St) will be detoured to Monroe Ave to Howell St to Union St.
•Eastbound Traffic (to Union St. from Pitkin St) will be detoured to East Ave to Pitkin St to Broad St. 

The 490 Eastbound Exit 15 for South Ave and Monroe Ave will remain open, however, this exit will no longer connect to the Inner Loop.  

April 17, 2015
Rochester's New Bus Terminal 
on North Clinton Street



College Town on Mount Hope is taking shape nicely.  - (Photo: April, 2015)
College Town on Mount Hope is taking shape nicely.  - (Photo: April, 2015)
College Town on Mount Hope is taking shape nicely.  - (Photo: April, 2015)
College Town on Mount Hope is taking shape nicely.  - (Photo: April, 2015)
College Town on Mount Hope is taking shape nicely.  - (Photo: April, 2015)
Work is still in progress on Rochester's College Town.

  • Golisano Children's Hospital is scheduled to open in mid-July, 2015.  Website


Interior of the new bus terminal on Saturday afternoon, July 11, 2015
​<---- See inside
Progress in early July, 2015
Early July, 2015
Early July, 2015
From Main Street - May 29, 2016
Culver Ave Armory - March 20, 2016
Three Heads Brewing - 186 Atlantic Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

GRAND OPENING: 
June 16 – June 19
Jun 16 at 3 PM to Jun 19 at 6 PM                             Website