ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — For years, the City of Rochester has been trying to develop Parcel 5, a large lot on Main Street in downtown Rochester, and a new financial request could indicate what the future holds for the site.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is requesting City Council to vote and approve a request of $4.7 million from the state to renovate Parcel 5, the location where the former Midtown Plaza used to stand. Legislation says the city will spend an additional $18.8 million, bringing the project total to $23.5 million.
According to the consolidated funding application, the city wants to add a visitor center with restrooms, an overhead canopy, site and stage lighting, a marquee, greenspace, hardscape, and digital infrastructure.
Parcel 5 was recently used as a concert space at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Thousands attended the performance on Saturday, surrounded by downtown Rochester’s skyline as a backdrop to the music of Trombone Shorty. The site has also hosted events for the Fringe Festival and other smaller events.
City council will have to vote on the funding request before it heads to the state for approval.
“What we want to do is make Parcel 5 really downtown’s front lawn or living room where this activated 365 days a year people can make use of this site as a community gathering space, have a cup of coffee, maybe have a drink afterward, come and see a show. It’ll be an entertainment space year-round for the community,” said director of communications of the City of Rochester, Justin Roj.
Read the city’s full proposal regarding funding applications: