Reconnecting to Rochester's Center City
Downtown Rochester has
been the hub of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region for nearly 200 years. It has seen many
changes during that history. Now, more
than any other time in the past half century, broad national, social,
cultural, economic and demographic trends are coalescing to bring renewed
energy to cities. A new generation is reconnecting with their downtowns. Rochester realizes the
importance of a vibrant Center City and is dedicated to making decisions
that will produce a high quality of urban life that its citizens are proud of
and that is attractive to 21st century entrepreneurial talent and investment.
Updating the 2003 Center City Master Plan
The Center City Master Plan was first adopted in 2003. Since that time many development projects, political and market changes, budget issues and other events have affected Center City. The update of the Center City Master Plan provides an opportunity to listen to the public and downtown stakeholders and understand their views on the future of downtown Rochester.The updated plan document and website will include current conditions downtown, reflect the changes as seen over the past decade, and incorporate the priorities expressed by stakeholders and citizens.
Draft 2014 Center City Master Plan
Please review the
draft plan, which can be downloaded here. Paper copies are also available in all city libraries.
Please remember the
plan is a draft. It will change. Talented graphic and web designers will
produce the final document and webpage.
Right now, and up until December 31, we want to hear your suggestions.
- Is the general format
easy to understand?
- Do the maps provide
useful information? Are they easy to
read? Do they help illustrate the
- Are there things not
shown on the maps that you would like to see?
- Do the images and
photos help illustrate the principles?
- Are there images not
shown that you would like to see? Would
you like to submit your own photograph?
- Other comments?
Please attend one of the four quadrant meetings or the Downtown Open House to learn about the draft plan, offer your input and understand the timeline for completing the updated plan. The goal of the updated plan is to be a concise, easy to read document. City staff will also conduct a short demo of the Neighborhood Data Map at these meetings.
Charles Settlement House
||Adams Street Rec Center
||85 Adams St.
||500 Norton St
||Monroe High School
||164 Alexander St
||Manhattan Square Park
||353 Court St
Center City Survey
Thank you to all who took the survey earlier this year. The results can be found here. Thank you very much for your time and input towards making downtown Rochester a better place!
Center City 3D Model
Learn about the new Center City 3D model!
Frequently Asked Questions about Center City, the Master Plan, and the update process:
Other Center City Planning Efforts
Community Planning Efforts
Comments or questions related to the Center City Master Plan Update should be emailed to email@example.com, or sent to:
Center City Master Plan
Attention: Jason Haremza
City Hall Room 125B
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614