It's no secret that Rochester, more specifically the city, has become the hot place to be right now. Our friends over at the RDDC continually monitor downtown development, and according to their 2016 New Member Packet, there's some $840 million being pumped into a variety of projects, 21 of them focused on the residential side of things. This is expected to bring an additional 2,400 residents downtown to the estimated 6,100 already living here - and that's just speaking for DOWNTOWN!
But just as we started back in 2014, we wanted to compile a quick and easy guide of developments that you should be excited about this year. The following developments continue to signal that our city is coming back in a big way, and whether they are big commercial projects or hotel renovations, all are truly important to the vitality of this region.
We start with this because it's been on our list before, back in 2014 to be exact, when it was still called The Tower at Midtown. Now rebranded as Tower280 at Midtown for its address at 280 East Broad Street, this mixed-use development consists of residential, office, and retail space.
Get excited: residential views downtown and beyond, underground parking, a concierge, fitness center, a rooftop dog park to open shortly, and even the second location for the Branca Italian Restaurant.
Completion Date: Summer 2016
2. The Metropolitan
Get excited: the Metropolitan Rochester promises something that very few developments in the city are doing at this point: offering for-purchase condos on its top floors. Oh, and not to mention the high-speed fiber optic internet that will be wired throughout the building, the fastest elevators in the city, and expansive windows with unobstructed views.
Completion Date: 2016/2017
3. Charlotte Square
Get excited: located near Hart's Local Grocers and all the development happening with the Inner Loop, this project of exciting living space promises an interactive and modern lifestyle experience that will include solar panels generating half of the energy for the building, fire pits, outdoor terraces, an electric car charging station, a pocket park, and a community center to name a few...check out the full list here.
Completion Date: October 2016
4. Hyatt Hotel Renovations
Get excited: MC Management of Rochester, owned and operated jointly by Dave Christa and Bob Morgan, is planning on pumping $15 million into one of the most popular hotels in Center City for a complete inner and outer facelift. Rooms will be fresh, modern, and bright and you can once again add it to the list of places you'll be proud to suggest for overnighters staying in our city.
Website: MC Management
Completion Date: thru 2017
5. Wedgepoint Apartments
Get excited: with the help of the talented professionals over at SWBR Architects, this development will bring new life to the northern tip of the Southwedge in an area that has been run down and all but abandoned over the past decade. This project is proof that not all living spaces being built currently will focus on the high-end market - these are slated for individuals and families earning less than the Area Median Income.
Completion Date: Summer 2016
6. The Residences at The Columbus Building
Get excited: We mentioned that DHD Ventures was rehabbing the 88 Elm Property in our 2015 post, and we showed you what their Button Lofts looked like, so it should come as no surprise that these planned apartments will be just as beautiful. Be on the lookout for glass tile, IKEA shelving, stainless steel appliances, polished concrete floors, quartz countertops, and much more - still wrapped in plastic waiting for its first new tenant arrivals.
Completion Date: Move-in July 1st 2016
And more Coming Soon...
7. The Factory
Get excited: from the developers of the Geva Lofts and Woodbury Place, The Factory was first put on display for Fashion Week of 2013. We're looking forward to a completion date and more retail and residences in this growing section of NOTA as the Dutton's are becoming known for turning old, run-down buildings into beautifully repurposed spaces for living and working. You do know of their popular development, 34 Elton Street, right?
Completion Date: TBD
8. River's Edge Apartments
Get excited: aka: Court Street Apartments, this project has yet to make public any specifics on dates and concrete plans for the development, but finally there is someone other than Corn Hill that wants to take advantage of the Genesee River here in Rochester. There's a historical subway system down below (can it be incorporated into the development?), a BBQ joint right next door, and immediate access to the 490 highway on-ramp.
Completion Date: TBD
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