WXXI Local Stories
Thu March 19, 2009
Midtown Plaza Redevelopment Moving Forward
By Bud Lowell
Rochester, NY – The City of Rochester is moving within days to ask for bids on the asbestos removal work at Midtown Plaza.
City Council last night accepted the environmental findings for the Midtown redevelopment project under New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act.
City Corporation Council Tom Richards says that clears the last environmental hurdle before the city can begin tearing down the Midtown plaza buildings.
Richards says Requests for Proposals to demolish the Midtown buildings will be posted in a few months once the asbestos removal work is well underway.
He hopes contracts for the demolition will be issued early in the fall.
The city still has one more procedural step to take before that can happen.
It has to amend its urban renewal plan to match the environmental findings.
The city is also looking at two proposals to redevelop the Midtown Plaza office tower and will have to decide whether to accept or reject one before bidding the demolition contracts.
The state is using a 40-million-dollar state grant to clear the Midtown site for redevelopment, including a new downtown headquarters for PAETEC.