Does all this snow and cold have you down and ready to skip town? Well the good thing is that Spring Break is right around the corner. If you have travel plans, then all the better.
But what about your future here in Rochester? The near future? Heck, what about the future OF Rochester? With all of this talk about the future, here are FIVE developments in the works for our city that should surely get you excited for the months ahead.
1. Culver Road Armory
An exciting new development coming to the old Armory located across from Cobbs Hill Park, many of you have seen the beautiful facade transforming in front of your eyes from I-490 as you pass by. This unique city landmark and former military grounds are now slated to hold everything from lofts, offices, retail, restaurant, and gallery space. Many of those are already operating there.
2. The Tower at Midtown
Big City living anyone? The Tower at Midtown is expected to offer just that. In the heart of downtown at the former site of the Midtown Plaza complex, this project is a 50/50 partnership between two powerhouse developers, Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management. Offering a mix of commercial office space, retail, and trendy apartments - it will be the latter of those that will be the major draw back to our city center with open floor plans, roof decks, and unbelievable views.
3.The Sibley Building
Want to live in a major piece of Rochester's storied past? WinnDevelopment, a super-successful Boston real estate development firm, certainly wants to make that dream happen. Think that the developer is some outside force not attuned to Rochester's history? Think again: the Boston-based company's project completes a full circle of history as the original Sibley Building was developed by Boston-bred businessmen Rufus Sibley, Alexander Lindsay, and John Curr.
4. Downtown Transit Center
Haven't been to downtown's Main Street in a while? In less than a year's time residents, visitors, and especially public transportation users will find a very different atmosphere on and around Main Street as the new RGRTA Transit Center finally opens up. Taking much of the bus traffic off of Main Street, the Transit Center is located on Mortimer Street and will give the public an indoor, comfortable waiting area for their next ride. That will mean a lot especially during a winter like the one we're experiencing now.
5. College Town
Tired of trekking all the way out to the suburbs to find a Barnes & Noble or a unique place to shop, eat, or just relax? In the area known as College Town at Mt. Hope, there will be plenty of shopping, dining, and of course, the Barnes & Noble experience for students, residents, and visitors alike. A 136-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel will join the 110,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and if you are worried about parking - get over it, there will be a 1600-space parking garage included.
Did this list whet your appetite? Want to see more developments coming to the City Center? Check out the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation's list of Center City Development 2014.