Golisano not confident Parcel 5 performing arts center will move forward

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Paychex founder Tom Golisano says he doesn’t think the proposed performing arts center at Parcel 5 will be completed.

In a radio interview on Connections with Evan Dawson, Golisano says he has heard “very little” about the project over the last few months.

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League and the city plan to put a 3,000-seat theater at the vacant location on Main Street near East Avenue in downtown Rochester. Golisano has pledged $25 million to the project, but the total cost of the theater could be about three-times that.

Golisano told Dawson, “I’m a little surprised.”

Dawson: “Surprised at… council?”
Golisano: “Lack of activity on the project.”

When asked if he thinks Mayor Warren has enough votes on city council to get the project done, Golisano would only say: “I’m not hearing hardly anything, so I don’t know if it’s going to happen or not.”

But, at this time, Golisano says he is not considering pulling his pledge.

In response, Arnie Rothschild, the RBTL chair, told News 8 that plans for the theater are moving forward. He claims that the reason Golisano is out of the loop with the city is because city officials have been speaking with him. Rothschild says he has been communicating with Golisano about the project.

In a statement, Mayor Warren’s office said: “The City has been working on a weekly basis with the development team, with RBTL as the primary point of contact for this project.  RBTL has communicated to us that they have been in constant discussion with all of their funders on the project status. We would certainly welcome direct involvement and communication with Mr. Golisano as part of that development process. His willingness to support this project is important and we remain grateful for his generosity.”

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