News 8 Archives: The Hyatt hotel skeleton blights Rochester skyline in 1989

News 8 Archives

This week (February 3-10) in history:
20 years ago this week, then-Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson showed off his piano chops, performing with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.   Johnson was also a talented organist and often gave recitals at local churches.
30 years ago this week, a sad scene in the middle of downtown Rochester.
Construction on the Hyatt Hotel on East Main Street began in 1986.
In 1987 financial problems forced work to come to a stop, and the building’s skeleton blighted the city skyline for four and a half long years.  A group of businessmen bought the property and finished the hotel and finally the Hyatt opened for business in 1992.
On February 5th, 1969 the News 8 cameras were rolling at the University of Rochester Clinical Radiation Center. 
UR had just received a major federal grant to continue cancer treatment and research.  This center would later become a regional powerhouse.  Proud doctors, medical students and nurses showed off their work for a TV news story 50 years ago this week.

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