Demolition work has started at the Rochester business complex that was home to the nation’s first enclosed downtown shopping mall.
Gov. David Paterson joined Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy for a ceremony marking the start of the project Monday at Midtown Plaza, which opened in 1962.
Crews have spent the past year removing asbestos from the buildings at the nearly 9-acre property. The demolition phase of the downtown revitalization project is expected to be completed by December 2011. Midtown Tower and part of the plaza will remain and be redeveloped.
PaeTec Holding Corp., based in nearby Fairport, plans to move its headquarters into the rebuilt plaza.
Then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced in 2007 that the state would commit $55 million to demolish Midtown Plaza.