Parcel 5 to become performing arts center

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A new performing arts center is coming to Rochester.

On Friday, Mayor Lovely Warren put her support behind the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.

She hopes Parcel 5 will soon be known as the Golisano Center for the Performing Arts and Tower.

According to the mayor, this vacant space in the heart of Rochester has sat empty for too long.

After several proposals were eliminated one by one. It came down to Gallina and RBTL.

In the final hour, Mayor Warren says RBTL made an amendment to its original proposal on Monday.

It partnered with Morgan Properties to propose a 3,000 seat performing arts center and 150 luxury lofts in which some units will be affordable housing.

“Being able to have an apartment where young professionals are looking for that,” said Mayor Warren. “Empty nesters are looking for that. This gives them the opportunity to do that and everyone can be apart of the economic recovery. Because it will have an affordable housing component.”

“I am going to live there,” said Arnie Rothschild. “I will live there. I will ride down into the theatre. It’s a dramatic improvement on what we were proposing.”

This is not going to happen over night, however.

After Mayor Warren makes her recommendation to City Council, and City Council approves it, construction of the new building will not begin for another year.

News 8 is told that this project will take at least an additional two years to complete.

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