A centerpiece of the development planned for downtown Rochester is taking another step forward.
There have been a lot of changes downtown over the last few years, with the former Midtown Plaza shopping plaza coming down, and a new office building just completed recently for Windstream Corporation, the company that bought PAETEC Communications.
It's not an entirely new building, it's the former Seneca building in that Midtown complex, but it's been completely redone. Now, 70 Windstream employees are in the process of moving in, with the remainder of the 300 employees who will work there expected to be in by early October.
Chris Hasenauer is a vice president with Allworx, which is a division of Windstream. He says the move downtown will help consolidate some of Windstreams operations that are scattered around the area. Besides helping with efficiency, Hasenauer says it also makes it easier for their employees to share ideas.
"It's just those unintended interactions you can have once you're all in the same building , that you can't have when you're in separate spaces."
Windstream is occupying two of the three floors of the Seneca Building, and the developer is now looking for a tenant for the top floor.