What is your opinion of the plan to demolish Midtown Plaza to make way for Paetec Holding Corp.’s new headquarters and mixed-use urban space?
68% strongly approve
5% strongly approve
In your view, how likely is it this plan will spur a broader revitalization of downtown?
41% very likely
41% somewhat likely
12% not very likely
5% not at all likely
Locating Paetec’s new headquarters downtown is a bold move that shows a real commitment to the Greater Rochester community by the company’s leadership. The city, county and state (in concert with the business community) should seize the opportunity to leverage this investment by cutting red tape and doing everything possible to encourage development around the new Paetec building. It’s a great opportunity to attract other companies and related businesses that can help revitalize downtown, but it’s going to take a coordinated effort.
-Norm Silverstein, president, WXXI
The day of reckoning is finally coming to get rid of the black hole of the core of Rochester. I am sure that many of the 500 or 600 employees will want housing and associated services like a grocery store downtown. This may slow the suburban exodus for us.
-Daniel Mossien, Mossien Associates Architects P.C.
This is a good plan, if it includes retail space accessible to the general public on the first and second floors of the new Paetec facility. The influx of 600 to 1,000 employees to the downtown area should spur an increase in both retail sales and food service. This site is a critical cog in connecting the existing downtown businesses (B&L, Xerox and Chase) to the hotels and the convention center, and must be maintained at all costs. If designed properly, this could be an important step in revitalizing downtown.
-William G. Clark, president and CEO, Urban League of Rochester
10/19/07 (C) Rochester Business Journal