Rochester downtown revitalization project will cost $10 million


New York Construction Report staff writer

A $10 million plan to revitalize a section of downtown Rochester was announced this week with five projects, including transforming the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue.

Also, four historic, mixed-use buildings will be revitalized, creating housing and modern storefronts.

“I kept saying it was an abomination and a crying shame what was happening on that corner, and I am glad that New York state agreed with us,” Mayor Malik Evans said. “And now with the life-changing investments that have been made and announced here today, we have the ability to make sure today that missing piece of the puzzle is filled in.”

The plan includes:

  • $1.8 million to add housing units and commercial space to Edwards Building on St. Paul Street
  • $1.4 million for Alta Vista, a mixed-income building on four vacant lots at Franklin and Pleasant streets
  • $1.3 million for Main Street Commons, an outdoor public space
  • $1.3 million to build a boutique hotel and restaurant in the Kresge Building on East Main Street.

The $10 million award will come from the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. All five projects are expected to be complete between 2023 and 2024.


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