Hotel Cadillac

Jeremy Moule / CITY Newspaper

There may be new life coming to some old hotel buildings on Chestnut Street in downtown Rochester.

The buildings are the Hotel Cadillac, and a building next door, the former Richford Hotel.

Local developer Lou Giardino says he’s taking over the project from DHD Ventures, which originally had planned to redevelop that historic building.

Giardino is working with a partner, Voyager Hotel Group from Los Angeles, and is planning a $16 million renovation which would have the Cadillac become what Giardino describes as an 80-room luxury hotel.

The Hotel Cadillac has closed, but activists supporting former residents continue to protest how they say management company DHD Ventures handled the closure. Local shelters are working to find housing for the former residents, while saying the future of the Cadillac is a symbol of gentrification in Rochester.  What's next for the property is unclear. We discuss it. 

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