Recent developments in the Midtown Rising project include the presentation of a $500,000 grant from Rochester Gas & Electric to support electric infrastructure upgrades at Tower280 at Midtown and the release by the city for a request for proposals for development of a small site know as Parcel 2.
A ceremonial “big check” was presented to officials from Midtown Tower LLC on Tuesday to help with the $59 million renovation of the 17-floor, 408,904 square-foot tower at 280 E. Broad St.
RG&E’s grant assistance was part of a comprehensive public-private economic development incentive package developed through a collaborative effort with government partners at the local, regional and state level.
Tower280 at Midtown, widely recognized as one of the most important development projects in the city of Rochester, will add 79,000 square feet of Class A office space on two floors of the mixed-use building. Residential and retail spaces, along with a spacious atrium, fill out the remainder of the building.
The city of Rochester released RFPs early this month to develop Parcel 2, a .79 acre site at Midtown Rising, a redevelopment partnership positioning the city of Rochester for the future, according to Mayor Lovely Warren, by reshaping the downtown core through major public and private investments, job creation and infrastructure development.
At the heart of the project is the rehabilitation of the nearly 9-acre former Midtown Plaza into a mixed-use district.
The Midtown Rising project involved the demolition of most of the Midtown buildings, adaptive re-use of the former Seneca Building as the new headquarters of Windstream, construction of new Gannett offices for the Democrat & Chronicle, re-use of the tower and the creation of three development parcels.
The RFP is posted at www.cityofrochester.gov/parcel2rfp.