Nine celebrated openings planned for DMC district

March 23, 2019

In recent months, Destination Medical Center officials have repeatedly referred to nine known developments that will open their doors this year.

Some the projects are officially supported as DMC-related efforts, and others merely reside within the footprint of the DMC district.

Either way, DMC Economic Development Agency Executive Director Lisa Clarke said, the openings will bring more interest in what is being done surrounding the city’s downtown core and Saint Marys Hospital campus.

“Now we are starting to bring it to reality, and that’s when everyone gets very interested,” she said of ongoing efforts that are starting to take shape.

Here’s a look at the nine projects expected to open this year:

• Titan Hilton Hotel — The 19-story, mixed-use building at the intersection of Broadway and East Center Street is expected to open its doors in April. The project is the first DMC-supported development to receive tax increment financing. It was approved for nearly $3.7 million in TIF on the $125 million project.

• New city parking ramp — Known as Ramp No. 6, the city’s newest parking ramp is located on First Street Southeast. Built in conjunction with the Hilton Hotel, the $31.4 million project will provide 540 public spaces and 90 spaces dedicated to the hotel. Following weather-related and other delays, the structure is expected to open this month but work may not be complete on the site. The city is seeking proposals to build up to 10 stories of affordable or mixed-use housing on top of the ramp. Proposals are due June 14.

• One Discovery Square — Frequently deemed the economic engine of DMC’s Discovery Square subdistrict, the 89,000-square-foot life science building is planned as the first phase of subdistrict buildings that will seek to provide opportunities for various businesses and research efforts to co-mingle.

• Urban on First — The six-story, mixed-use building at at Fifth Street Southwest and First Avenue is expected to be completed in July. It will include 9,000 square feet of retail space and 154 market-rate apartment units.

• Hotel Indigo — The effort to renovate and rebrand the downtown Holiday Inn, 220 S. Broadway, is set to open its doors this summer. The project includes 173 hotel rooms under the new brand, while ground-floor office spaces and existing condos remain owned by other individuals and businesses.

• Wells Fargo renovation — The $26 million facelift of the Wells Fargo building at 21 First St. SW includes plans to replace all of the dark, reflective glass on the building and the skyway to improve the appearance, and plans to build out a lobby extension into the Peace Plaza for public use.

• Residence at Discovery Square — While not a DMC-supported project, the six-story building sits in the Discovery Square subdistrict and will provide a mix of apartments and commercial space on the southwest corner of Fifth Street Southwest and Third Avenue Southwest. Developers have committed to pricing 20 percent of the building’s 143 apartments as affordable housing.

• Ronald McDonald House — A $16.5 million expansion, which broke ground in May last year, will increase the number of rooms for guest families from 42 to 70 and add a variety of other amenities. The expansion is anticipated to open in mid- to late May.

• Chateau Theatre — More than seven decades after it originally opened its doors, the historic theater is set to get a new life. The Rochester City Council will choose from five proposals for operation of the building for the next three to five years. Renovations costing up to $1.1 million to make way for the new use started in December and are expected to be completed by mid-June.