Heart of the City designs part of open house, pop-up events

May 5, 2019

Ideas for redesigning a portion of Rochester’s downtown core will be on display Wednesday.

An open house on the Destination Medical Center Heart of the City Subdistrict will give the public an opportunity to discover different interactive designs, which could create a new vision for Peace Plaza, First Avenue and an adjoining alley.

The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Peace Plaza and is expected to involve members of the Heart of the City design team, as well as the DMC Economic Development Agency and City of Rochester.

The open house comes at a time when plans for the downtown core have been unsettled by other current events.

In September, a proposal to redevelop Rochester’s Chateau Theatre met with a tepid response from Rochester City Council members, who cited concerns over the $16.7 million price tag. One member even suggested the city might sell the historic theater.

Funding for the project has long been included on the DMC capital improvement plan, with renovations financed through state funding, but the council and DMC Corp. board must approve final plans before work can go beyond the planning stages.

In addition to Wednesday’s open house, the design team will host pop-up events during the next two weeks to engage continued conversation about the design.

The pop-up events are:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Café Steam 2 in the skyway

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Rochester Public Library

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 at People’s Food Co-op