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Midtown Redevelopment Project Taking Shape

Aug 5, 2014

The possibility of hundreds of additional jobs coming to downtown Rochester as part of a massive redevelopment project. That was part of the update that local developer Larry Glazer provided  during a meeting of the Rotary Club Tuesday.

There's a lot of news pending about the massive project, now called The Grove at Midtown, and the CEO of Buckingham Properties says among the possibilities is a company which could bring 500 office workers to downtown.

Glazer says he can't go into more detail yet, but he also highlighted some other pending parts of this project, including interest by two supermarket chains interested in putting a store at the Midtown site.

"Each of them slightly different, but both would be very good for downtown Rochester, they're not talking about a 50,000 or 60,000  square foot store, but they are talking about a full service supermarket that would service the population of downtown Rochester."

Besides the former Midtown Plaza building, Glazer and other developers also own the Xerox Tower, and they recently purchased the Bausch and Lomb building.  The project at the Midtown Tower includes office, retail and residential space.

Glazer says a movie theater and a hotel are also good possibilities. He says prospective commercial tenants are mainly trying to make sure that this project will generate enough people moving downtown to make those businesses viable.