2017 Annual Conference: Rochester Development Field Tour

Wednesday, June 14—1-3:30 p.m.

See signs of a vibrant city during this tour through Rochester. You'll have the opportunity to explore renovations and new uses for older spaces as you learn about these unique redevelopment projects.

1. Chateau Theatre – (STOP) The City of Rochester acquired the historic Chateau Theatre in January, 2016. The Chateau is a focal point in the “Heart of the City”. A Chateau Theatre Re-Use Task Force was appointed and a needs assessment was completed, with the intent that the Chateau should be renovated as a functional and flexible performance, meeting, and event space. The Chateau Theatre is a cultural asset that, upon renovation, will enhance economic development efforts, help move forward downtown revitalization efforts as part of the DMC initiative, and promote arts opportunities in the community.

2. 1st Avenue Flats – (STOP) This is a newly constructed affordable rental apartment housing project in downtown Rochester. The city has taken an active role in trying to deal with the housing affordability issue. This project is in a downtown location that is very convenient for downtown employees to live in, with close proximity to their workplace, thereby also helping to reduce transportation related costs.

3. Hilton Hotel project and new City parking Ramp – (Driving by) A new 19 story, 264 room Hilton Hotel is under construction at the corner of Broadway and Center Streets in downtown—the first new downtown hotel to be constructed in nearly 30 years. Adjacent to the Hilton is a new 630 stall city-owned parking ramp that is just starting construction and cantilevers over the CP railroad tracks, featuring a unique design. (We will only have renderings available as these projects are just starting construction.).

4. Flats on 4th Project – (STOP) This is a mixed use redevelopment project on the edge of downtown across the street from the City/County Government Center. The developer demolished the blighted buildings on the site and construction is nearly completed on a six-story mixed use building with approximately 2,300 square feet of ground floor retail space and 92 apartment units on the property. 20% of the units (19) are to be affordable to persons at 60% area median income. The project is consistent with the city’s Downtown Master Plan (DMC Plan), which advocates for the creation of a series of vibrant downtown residential neighborhoods as being integral to realizing the vision of a livable city.

5. Conley-Maass Building – (Driving by) This is an adaptive re-use redevelopment project of an old building in the downtown. The building was recently renovated and is a good example of a private-public partnership. The developer worked with the State Historic Preservation Office to seek historic preservation tax credits. The city provided some tax increment assistance to the project, and the building is now home to a vibrant downtown restaurant on the ground floor and business start up “incubator” space on the 2nd floor.

6. Alatus Project – (Driving by) This is a redevelopment project for a mixed-use development consisting of commercial/office areas, a mixture of residential housing options, and the parking facility. The project will consist of 347 market rate luxury apartment units, 560 enclosed parking stalls, and a best-in-class resident amenity package. In addition, approximately 21,000 square feet of retail and office space will extend along the 2nd Street corridor, along with high quality landscaping to provide a welcoming pedestrian experience. The vision for the proposed project is to create a transit-oriented residential mixed-use development located in close proximity to downtown Rochester and adjacent to Mayo’s St. Mary’s campus.

7. Cascade Lake Project – (STOP) Cascade Lake is a transformation of gravel mining areas, located along Cascade Creek, into an approximately 100-acre lake, which will also include a multi-use park that will include swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, and biking.

8.125 Live – (STOP) 125 Live is the new, state-of-the-art facility specifically designed to focus on the diverse needs of individuals 50+ and provide a wide variety of physical, social, and intellectual opportunities to engage the minds and bodies of our community’s active adults. Through expansive programming, fitness amenities, gathering spaces, and personal health resources, 125 Live provides opportunities for adults to embark on their own journey to “aging successfully.”

Please note: To take part in this free workshop, you will need to pre-register.

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