Inner Loop East Redevelopment


“This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape Center City, making our neighborhoods more vibrant, and making it easier for our residents to travel downtown for work and play. This will leverage millions of dollars in private investment, create construction, and permanent jobs, and bring new vitality to a brand new neighborhood.”
~ Mayor Lovely A. Warren

A unique opportunity exists to reshape Downtown’s east side.  Removal of the eastern section of the Inner Loop is creating a number of new development parcels.  These parcels have been offered for sale and development by the City of Rochester through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.  Development of these parcels will create a new and exciting streetscape along Union Street that will include residential, commercial, retail and restaurant uses.

Planning for Development

The City hired SWBR Architects and Philip Michael Brown Studios (PMB) to assist with planning for redevelopment of the Inner Loop East area.  The planning study looked at opportunities to:

  • Establish better pedestrian connections to downtown and the Alexander/Park Ave./Monroe Ave neighborhoods;
  • Create buildings that compliment and fit within the urban fabric of the area;
  • Build upon the assets and success of nearby districts and attractions; and
  • Recommend the types of uses that will cater to visitors, residents and downtown workers.

On May 28, 2015, the City held a public information meeting at the Central Library regarding the planning study.  The SWBR and PMB plan was presented at the meeting with the purpose of gaining input from the public on the plan. 

A PDF of the presentation is available here  

The planning study was incorporated into the City’s RFP document to help guide developers who submitted proposals for the parcels.

Public Input

If you would like to provide comments, suggestions or have any questions about the project, please contact Anne DaSilva Tella, Manager of Project Development at AnneDaSilvaTella@CityofRochester.Gov or (585) 428-6124.