About the project
Charles Carroll Plaza and the supporting Genesee Crossroads Parking Garage underneath are located on a prime waterfront site on the west bank of the Genesee River between Main Street and Andrews Street in the city of Rochester’s Central Business District.
Charles Carroll Plaza is a public, riverfront, urban space that provides scenic views, park seating, a public promenade, public art, and green space. The plaza is tiered with multiple levels that directly reflect the shape of the multi-storied Genesee Crossroads Parking Garage below. The plaza is approximately 127,000 SF (3.4 acres) and provides essential connections to the surrounding downtown. The 50 year old site is in poor condition and requires renovation.
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- Remove pavers and other portions of the plaza to access supporting garage roof slab underneath
- Perform concrete slab repairs
- Replace the slab waterproofing system
- Reconstruct a new plaza that meets the current needs of the City’s urban core
The Genesee Crossroads Parking Garage provides approximately 658 parking spaces and is vital to the city’s downtown parking needs. The garage roof waterproofing and structural repairs are of the highest priority in maintaining and extending the functional life of this valuable asset.
The plaza on top of the parking garage is an essential link in the Genesee Riverway Trail system, a designated National Recreation Trail that provides pedestrian access along the Genesee River. The plaza is the current home to a six-part, enameled steel, sculptural compilation by nationally renowned artist Richard Fleischner. The installation, known as the “Rochester Project,” was installed as part of the Rochester Sesquicentennial by the Sesquicentennial Arts & Culture Committee and dedicated in October 1986.
Plaza Reconstruction Objectives…functionality with artistic waterfront design:
- Visibility and views: Maximize view sheds of the river
- Linkages: Improve all linkages through the plaza to create a dynamic pedestrian network
- Safety: Reduce vertical elements and add lighting to increase perception of safety
- Accessibility: Create full accessibility wherever feasible
- Vitality: User attractions and activity generators such as vendors, interactive art, sculptures, game tables, kiosks, open green and recreation spaces
- Additional factors such as durability, maintenance, and spatial variety will play into the final design.
The design consultant team of T.Y. Lin International Group, with OLIN landscape architecture, urban design & planning, Highland Planning, LLC and Bell & Spina Architects was selected through the City’s Request for Proposal (RFP) process to provide engineering, landscape architectural, public outreach, planning and design services for the project.
Public engagement and feedback for understanding the needs and visions of the community as they relate to the plaza will be implemented through a project advisory committee, public meetings, public surveys, and project updates on the City’s website.
- Winter / Spring 2015: Design Consultant Procurement through City RFP process
- Summer / Fall 2015: Site Reconnaissance and Inspection
- December 10, 2015: Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting 1 at the Holiday Inn on State Street
- February 24, 2016: Public Information Meeting 1 at the Holiday Inn on State Street
- September 14, 2016: PAC Meeting 2 at the First Federal Plaza
- November 10, 2016: Public Information Meeting 2 at the Holiday Inn on State Street
- Spring – Fall 2016: Schematic planning and design
- Spring – Fall 2017: Advance development of design
- Fall / Winter 2017 - 2018: Finalize design and publicly bid
- 2018 - 2019: Construction phase
Schedule is subject to change based on funding opportunities
Design and construction documents are prepared with funds provided by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.
Project Advisory Committee Meeting 1
December 10, 2015
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Public Information Meeting 2
November 10, 2016
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Download views of the Schematic Concepts
If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact Jason VanDemark in the City’s Bureau of Architecture and Engineering at 428-7356, or by email.