Beacon Hosts Downtown Revitalization Event

Downtown Rochester has become a hub of revitalization activity. Over the past two decades, reports the Rochester Downtown Development Corp., more than $2.5 billion has been invested in the downtown core, and more than 8,500 residents and students have now called downtown their home.

More changes are on the horizon. These include the city’s downtown Rochester revitalization initiative, the planned relocation of its corporate headquarters by Constellation Brands to the Aqueduct Building campus, and the ROC the Riverway project, among other initiatives.

At the same time, the rise of remote work during the pandemic is reshaping the outlook for many central business districts across the country. Surveys from Gallup and others have shown that most Americans who have worked remotely in the past two years don’t want to return to the office full-time. How would a shift to a hybrid work environment impact the redevelopment of downtown Rochester?

On June 15, the Rochester Beacon will host its first in-person event since the pandemic began: “The Future of Downtown Revitalization.” It will include a roundtable moderated by key downtown stakeholders.

The event will take place at the Butler/Till Building, located at 260 East Broad St. The new five-story mixed-use building, co-owned by Butler/Till and Buckingham Properties, is in the heart of downtown, next to Parcel 5 and Tower 280, another major redevelopment project.

Bond, Schoeneck & King is sponsoring the event, scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory and the number of people who can attend is limited. You can register now to reserve your place.

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David H. Henry