City Manager Blaine Cox and Director of Economic Development Michael Scala are pleased to announce the city is moving forward with the development of a mixed-use space at 10 and 12-14 North Main Street in downtown Rochester.
Together, the two new buildings will offer two 1,000-square-foot commercial spaces and 52 market-rate studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom residential units.
The City of Rochester took control of the two spaces, formerly the Salinger Building and Scenic Theater, about two years ago as part of its commitment to redevelop the downtown area.
“We felt it was important increase the energy downtown by adding additional residents,” said Scala. “Developing these mixed-use spaces will not only bring businesses to the area, but residents and foot traffic as well.”
With part of a $300,000 downtown revitalization fund earmarked for the project, the city council met last year to amend zoning regulations to allow for commercial space. In early March, they signed an agreement with Chinburg Development to purchase and develop the properties under a community revitalization tax relief program.
“We’re pleased to have a major developer coming in,” Scala added. “The city has worked very hard to implement the changes required to make this a viable project.”
The city has already used $30,000 from the fund to clean out the buildings and begin selective demolition. A portion of the remainder will be used to assist in the additional demolition before the titles are turned over to Chinburg Development.
“We are really impressed with the ‘open for business’ attitude from city officials in Rochester and are thrilled to be a part of saving the main portions of these historic buildings,” Chinburg Properties President Eric Chinburg said.
The two buildings will be partially demolished and then connected, and a new building will be erected behind it. Chinburg Development is cognizant of the Salinger building’s historic importance and plans to maintain its character.
With approximately 70 new residents to utilize businesses and a significant face lift to North Main Street, this is a big step toward revitalizing the downtown area.
The project is slated to be completed by October, 2021.