News Release - Mayor Thomas S. Richards Announces Progress at the Midtown Rising Project

City of Rochester

News Release

(Friday, Jan 4. 2013) – Mayor Thomas S. Richards announced today that the City will move forward with the second phase of the Midtown Redevelopment project by awarding the $11.8 million Midtown Parking Garage Rehabilitation project to Crane-Hogan Structural Systems, Inc. Work on the parking garage will begin in February and is scheduled to take one year to complete. It will be done simultaneously with Phase 1 of the Midtown Redevelopment project—the $6 million reconstruction of the Midtown truck service tunnel.

“I would like to thank the City Council for approving the necessary public funding for this phase of the Midtown Rising project,” said Mayor Richards. “This project is transformative, not only for Downtown, but for the entire region.”

The City will advertise for bids on Monday, Jan. 7 for Phase 3 of the Midtown project. This phase includes construction of new streets, sidewalks, open spaces and public utilities to support private redevelopments at the site. Phase 3 is estimated to cost $6 to $7 million and construction will begin in April and continue through 2014.

The underground service tunnel work, scheduled for completion in early March, will allow for continued truck access not only to the Midtown site and the Windstream Building, but also to Chase Tower, Clinton Square, the Hyatt hotel and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Other work underway on the site includes the $19 million adaptive reuse of the Seneca Building by the Pike Company that will result in 109,000 square feet of office space for Windstream Corp. Windstream plans for occupancy this summer.

Construction on the steel frame of the Midtown Tower is underway to prepare it for redevelopment by the partnership of Buckingham Properties with Morgan Management. Work on the 17-story, 357,000 square foot structure is projected to begin this year with completion expected in 2014. The estimated development cost of the Tower is $55 million. In anticipation of the redevelopment project at the Tower, the City will begin work in January to waterproof the roof, weatherize the top of the Tower and conduct elevator repairs.


News Media: For more information, contact Paul Way, Manager of Special Projects for the City’s Architecture and Engineering Bureau at (585) 428-7383.