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Strong passes on Midtown clock, monorail

The clock and monorail at Midtown Plaza are not moving to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester.

Strong passes on Midtown clock, monorail

The clock and monorail at Midtown Plaza are not moving to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester.     

After it was announced Midtown would be demolished, Rollie Adams, Strong Museum president and CEO, said they began considering whether they could provide a new home for the monorail and clock.     

"In fact, we were highly interested in the clock because of its relationship to automata and wind-up toys," Adams said. Automata usually are made from wood and metal, and have simple mechanism such as gears, cams, ratchets or other mechanical parts.     

The monorail was much too large for the museum, he said. "And unfortunately, after we had an opportunity to study and measure the clock in detail and explore how and where we might use it here, we discovered that, despite our recent expansion, we do not have a public space in which we can display it in a safe and aesthetically acceptable manner either," he said.

Paetec Holding Corp. plans to replace Midtown Plaza and relocate 600 employees downtown, with a price tag of roughly $100 million. Paetec expects to move downtown in 2011 when its new building is complete.

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