City seeks $20M in state aid for Parcel 5

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There is a new twist in the proposed development at Midtown’s Parcel 5 in Rochester. News 8 has learned the city is now asking the state for $20 million to help fund the Golisano Performing Arts Center. 

The City Council says more public discussion needs to take place before any progress is made.

This week, Mayor Lovely Warren formally requested state aid to help build a massive theater on the one-acre site.

In April, Warren and developers announced the project in a last-minute decision after several rounds of request for proposals were submitted.

The project would establish a 3,000 seat performing arts center for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League and 150 luxury lofts by Morgan Properties.

But they mayor has yet to submit any legislation to City Council regarding the development, and recent discussion surrounding the project has caused council to call for a public forum on the project.

Deputy Mayor Dr. Cedric Alexander says he’s hopeful Governor Andrew Cuomo will provide the city with the funding they’ve requested to help move the project forward.

“I think it’s going to be absolutely fantastic for the community overall, it’s going to help provide jobs and it’s going to really put us in a position regionally to have an art center that I’m quite sure will be well known, not just in this region, but across this state and across this country,” said Alexander. 

Earlier this year when it was announced, Warren estimated construction would start in early 2018 — that’s if all the funding is in place and necessary approvals are made. 

City Council’s forum on the matter will be held Thursday, Aug. 10 at City Hall.

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