Movies With a Downtown View 2019!

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The time has come for our annual announcement: Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties is back for 2019! We are in the final planning stages for another great year.

Last year we celebrated our 5th year by branching out to more locations which included Washington Square Park, Parcel 5, and the Hyatt’s rooftop Center City Terrace + Lounge.


We have great things planned for our two movie events this year and hope you’ll join us. Here are the details:

Friday, July 12th in Parcel 5: Napoleon Dynamite

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Photo courtesy Alex G Weiser

Last year was our first time holding a movie in Parcel 5 and it was our biggest event yet! We had so much fun, we’re doing it again.To make it even better this year we’ll be sharing the space with Midtown EATS!

Midtown EATS announced changes for this year with lunch on Thursdays and then lunch & dinner on Fridays. Midtown EATS will run from 4:30-9:30pm on the 12th (with a happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm) and we’ll be kicking off MWADV at 7pm with music, free raffles, more vendors and of course a great movie.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:45pm
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Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Photo Courtesy Stephen S Reardon Photography

Our 2nd movie night in August will be in MLK Jr. Memorial Park, our “MWADV Home”. We’ll have vendors, music, free raffle giveaways and more. And Neno’s will be joining us! Of course we have more planned, but that is all we will announce for now.

MWADV Start: 7pm
Approx. Movie Start: 8:15pm

As always, these movies are FREE to attend, we’ll have FREE raffles, there will be an ASL interpreter each night and the movies will be captioned - see you this summer!

These events are put on by the Washington Square Park Community Association and wouldn’t be possible without our many sponsors, to find out more visit the official MWADV Website.

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This is What the Future of Commercial at Tower280 Looks Like

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Everybody's heard the news that Tower280 in downtown is open for business: both on the residential front as well as the commercial side of the equation. The joint venture between Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management has already produced contracted commercial tenants such as Bergmann Associates, and the Italian Eatery, Branca (its second location in Rochester to open soon), and coming along nicely signing on renters to fill the gorgeous upper floor apartments. 

But there's almost 50,000 square feet of commercial space still available on its lower floors - so what should Tower280 executives do to fill the space? 

In an effort NOT to come up with an ill-timed April Fools' joke on the city, we'll state it now: THE FOLLOWING IDEAS ARE JUST OUR OPINION. If you still believe these things are happening after reading this post and disclaimer, then a BIG APRIL FOOLS' ON YOU, YOU DEFINITELY DESERVE IT!

With that said, This is What the Future of Commercial at Tower280 Looks Like:

Trader Joe's 

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Ok, you may be wondering why we're mentioning Trader Joe's when we're such big fans of Hart's Local Grocers? First off, NO ONE can beat the breakfast sandwiches of Hart's, so let's set the record straight. Second, Trader Joe's is THE only GROCER we know of that has the clout, the cult-like following similar to Wegmans, and the national notoriety that would change not only the shopping habits of local urbanites, but would potentially pull suburbanites back into the city for their inexpensive goods. Where else can you buy a bunch of flowers for $3?

Why it's a GREAT idea: ...because everyone KNOWS that good wine only costs $2.49 - granted we'd have to get those pesky wine laws changed here in NYS. 


Cheap, fashion forward European clothing - isn't that what we're all aspiring for? An undisclosed issue doomed the former H&M that shuttered the doors in Greece Ridge and the Eastview Mall locations a few years ago, but apparently it wasn't due to lack of sales. And we're a different city now, right? Any retailer that can sell underwear for a couple of dollars may just pull in a large part of the surrounding metropolitan market for good reason. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: Operating in 61 countries and over 3700 stores, H&M would give downtown an international destination flair that you just can't find in the Malls - um, anymore.


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Yep, I just won't let this one go. While a normal store size for IKEA is over 50,000 square feet, we could be different and make this into the world's smallest IKEA - ever. Also, it's been said that IKEA execs like to base their stores outside of central business districts because the traffic tends to get crazy. But hey, maybe doing just the opposite here would actually create a traffic problem WITHIN our city - something that city officials would love to see at this point. Also, your Swedish furniture will coordinate perfectly with your European wardrobe from another Swedish maker, H&M. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: Who needs those weird instruction manuals anyway? You can learn to put together your $25 Gersby bookcase on YouTube, and this stuff would fill all the modern new loft spaces downtown quite nicely.  

Au Bon Pain

Who even knows how to pronounce this correctly? Well, correct grammar or not, this Boston based retailer would pair nicely with the Boston WinnDevelopment Team over there at the Sibley Building. But we're not talking Sibley Building here - a typical sized store ranges from 2,500 - 3,500 square feet, making a perfect fit as a ground level occupant of Tower280. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: This chain was recently ranked the #1 Healthiest US Chain Restaurant by the restaurant grading website Grellin, and it would provide a central place for the downtown working (and living) crowd to enjoy a good coffee, pastry, sandwich, or nutritious salad during the workday.

So whatd'ya think, did we nail it for downtown's Tower280 spaces? Let us know your thoughts...

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5 City Developments to Watch for in 2014...


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

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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.

Lead Architect/Designer:
Expected Completion Date: TBD
Press: RochesterHomepageCITY Newspaper

2. The Tower at Midtown

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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.

Lead Developer(s): Buckingham Properties Morgan Management
Expected Completion Date: 2015

3.The Sibley Building

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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.

Lead Developer: WinnDevelopment
Expected Completion Date: TBD
Press: Rochester SubwayDemocrat & Chronicle

4. Downtown Transit Center

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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.

Website: RGRTA Project Details
Design & Construction: Bergmann Associates, The Pike Company, LeChase Construction
Expected Completion Date: Early 2015
Press: Reconnect Rochester

5. College Town

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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.

Developers: Fairmount Properties, Gilbane Development Company
Expected Completion Date: Fall 2014
Press: WHEC-10UofR

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.