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Midtown Project Timeline and Milestones

Development Timeline 

The graphic below indicates the project's abatement and demolition timeline.

Midtown-Demo-Phase-Schedule 
  • Demolition Complete: September 2011
  • Construction start
    • Phase 1 - Truck Service Tunnel and Pedestrian Tunnel: Spring 2012
    • Phase 2 - Parking Garage Modifications and Rehabilitation and street and utilities installation: After July 1, 2012
    • Phase 3 - Open Space and Landscaping: after July 1, 2013

Milestones Achieved

  • March 8, 2013- City issues RFP for 88 Elm St. redevelopment
  • December 20, 2012- Midtown Tower project receives $4 million award through NYS Regional Economic Development Council application
  • November 1, 2012- Public meeting to discuss open space designs
  • October 18, 2012- City Council work session on open space designs
  • November 14, 2011 - City, Windstream sign agreement for Windstream to open an office in the Midtown Project site
  • June 29, 2011 - City presents Final Design Report
  • January 17, 2011 - City holds public meeting to present Draft Design Report and alternatives to receive public feedback.
  • December 28, 2010 - The City and PAETEC announce agreement to build new PAETEC headquarters on Midtown site.
  • December 28, 2010 - Midtown Redevelopment Draft Design Report released by the City. 
  • October 18, 2010 - Demolition begins on the B. Forman Building along Clinton Avenue.
  • September 23, 2010 - Skyway over Main St. comes down.
  • June 15, 2010 - ESD Board of Directors awards demolition contract for Midtown Plaza.
  • February 25, 2010 - LaBella begins preliminary design at Midtown Rising site.
  • February 23, 2010 - RFP issued for Midtown demolition and site preparation.
  • December 16, 2009 - Midtown Rising project tops 200 workers.
  • December 10, 2009 - RFQ issued for Midtown site planning and engineering design services.
  • November 9, 2009 - Rochester City Council approves legislation amending the City of Rochester Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Map by adopting the Amended Midtown Urban Renewal Plan.
  • November 4, 2009 - Trailways relocated to 186 Cumberland Street.
  • October, 2009 - City Selects Morgan Management/Christa Development Partnership as preferred developer for the Midtown Tower. The plan includes 24 condominium units, 186 rental apartments and commercial space.
  • October, 2009 - City of Rochester commences preliminary site infrastructure and subdivision design.
  • September 18, 2009 - Community briefing regarding the asbestos and hazardous substance removal.
  • September, 2009 - Cambria finalizes agreement with Local Laborers 435, and selects subcontractors Marcor and Bristol.
  • August, 2009 - Midtown Tower developer interviews conducted.
  • August, 2009 - Cambria on site and begins abatement planning and pre-abatement activities.
  • August, 2009 - Construction Manager (LiRo Engineers) takes over day-to-day management and operation of the Midtown site.
  • July 2, 2009 - Tower development proposals due.
  • July, 2009 - Midtown Rising establishes Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • July 1, 2009 - Notice to proceed issued for abatement contract. Environmental remediation and abatement commences, with approximately 14 months of completion.
  • May 21, 2009 - ESD awards abatement contract to Cambria Contracting, Inc. and Paradigm Environmental.
  • April 1, 2009 - Clear Channel relocated to the HSBC Building.
  • March 23, 2009 - ESD commenced bid solicitation for asbestos abatement contract.
  • March 18, 2009 - City Council adopts a Findings Statement.
  • March 16, 2009 - The City of Rochester Planning Commission holds public hearings to consider the Midtown Site Plan as an amendment to the previously adopted Urban Renewal Plan and makes a recommendation to the Rochester City Council.
  • March 9, 2009 - Rochester Environmental Commission meets to make final recommendations.
  • March 3, 2009 - City executes Findings Statement.
  • February 20, 2009 - In accordance with SEQR, the City of Rochester publishes Final GEIS, 10-day waiting period for all agencies to make decisions.
  • December 27, 2008 - Minuteman Press Relocated.
  • December 19, 2008 - Deadline for public comments on SEQR Draft DEIS. Final GEIS includes responses to all substantive written and verbal comments.
  • December 4, 2008 - City issues a request for proposals for the purchase and adaptive reuse of the Midtown Tower. The submission deadline for proposals is March 2, 2009.
  • December 2, 2008 - DGEIS public hearing.
  • November 10, 2008 - In accordance with SEQR, the City of Rochester releases a Draft GEIS describing and analyzing redevelopment alternatives and impacts. This document will appear on the city's website. The 40-day period for public review and comment commences.
  • October 3, 2008 - PAETEC announced the team of architects that will design their new 350,000 square foot, 9-10 story building at the corner of East Main Street and Clinton Avenue: DCS Design-Davis Carter Scott Ltd. (McLean, VA) and Bergmann Associates Inc. LLC (Rochester, NY).
  • September 30, 2008 - Midtown Parking Garage closes.
  • September 15, 2008 - ESD awards contracts to structural engineer (LaBella Associates) and construction manager (LiRo Engineers Inc.).
  • August 1, 2008 - Final comments were due for draft scoping document.
  • July 29, 2008 - The City of Rochester conducted "scoping" meeting to identify and narrow the project's potential impacts.
  • July 25, 2008 - Midtown Plaza and all buildings closed to the public at 6 p.m. All tenants, except Clear Channel, Trailways and Minuteman Press have relocated or closed. Only the Euclid Building accessible. The garage available from the Euclid Building and the Broad Street Gate Atrium.
  • July 8, 2008 - In accordance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQR"), the City of Rochester released "Draft Scope Document," defining the content and issues to be evaluated in the Generic Environmental Impact Statement ("GEIS"). The document appears the project website. A 14-day public period for comments on Draft Scope commenced.
  • June 30, 2008 - Chase and Xerox skyway bridges close.
  • June 5, 2008 - Community press briefing and roll out of new project website. Midtown Advisory and Stakeholder Committees form to consult with City and State on key planning, environmental impact and redevelopment issues.
  • May 28, 2008 - City acquired title to Midtown properties.
  • April 17, 2008 - ESD Directors awarded $100,000 legal services contract to Phillips Lytle to perform all services related to the site development agreement(s). 
  • April 15, 2008 - Rochester City Council authorizes approximately $7.3 million for the purchase of the properties, tenant relocations, and property management/operating costs.
  • April 9, 2008 - NYS Enacted Budget included $55 million Upstate City-by-City funds for the Midtown Redevelopment Project.
  • March 20, 2008 - ESD Directors awarded $350,000 contract to LiRo Engineers. Inc. to perform Phase II environmental studies.
  • March 20 2008 - ESD Directors increased the UDCP grant by an additional $100,000 (totaling $850,000) for engineering and demolition impact analyses on the site's 1820-space underground garage.
  • February 12, 2008 - City Council approves $340,000 from the sales proceeds of Urban Renewal property to be used for midtown tenant relocation expenses. City Council establishes $5.9 million as the maximum price to be paid for the acquisition of Midtown, and approves $4.2 million in bond funding for the acquisition. 
  • January 15, 2008 - City Council authorizes agreement with LaBella Associates for master planning of the Midtown site. 
  • January 14, 2008 - ESD hired an Upstate Director of Construction to oversee the entire project abatement and demolition.
  • December 18, 2007 - City Council authorizes acquisition by negotiation or condemnation of the Midtown Plaza parcels and approves an agreement ($255,100) with a consultant to assist with relocation the Midtown Plaza tenants.
  • December 7, 2007 - Rochester Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) approves $500,000 for relocation expenses for Midtown Plaza tenants.
  • November 15, 2007 - ESD Directors authorized $750,000 Urban and Community Development Program (UCDP) grant to the City to undertake urban and real estate planning, garage analysis, and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 
  • October 16, 2007 - New York State (NYS)/Empire State Development (ESD), City of Rochester and PAETEC signed historic agreement to redevelop Midtown.
  • March 20, 2007 - Rochester City Council or "City Council" establishes Midtown Urban Renewal District.   

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