City of Rochester hopes to restore the Midtown Monorail

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The city of Rochester has opened a request for proposals that would revive and preserve the former Midtown Monorail.

The monorail was a prominent feature during the holiday season at Midtown Plaza, which was the first indoor shopping mall in the United States. It was removed from operation and dismantled when Midtown was demolished in 2008, and has been in dry storage since 2010.

According to the RFP, the city is seeking a qualified company or institution to set up a permanent display of the monorail at no cost to the city.

The city says the monorail will be donated to the selected institution, on the provision that the monorail will revert back to the city’s possession if the terms are not met.

The city says they prefer to keep the monorail in the city, and would like to see if it can be made operational, but this does not preclude proposals from the greater Rochester area or for static display.

Whoever agrees to display the monorail must display it for the next ten years, with an option to renew for an additional ten years.

The monorail must be cared for under the city’s agreement with the Empire State Development Corporation and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Part of this agreement stipulates the monorail may not be sold to a private entity for exclusively private purposes or profit.

The deadline for the RFP is Tuesday, January 10 at 4 p.m. To learn more, visit the city of Rochester’s website.

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