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Qualifications sought for Midtown work

A request for qualifications has been issued for road design services at the Midtown Plaza development site.

The request was issued to 15 pre-qualified firms listed on the state Department of Transportation Region 4 Local Design Services Agreement, city and state officials announced Thursday.

The range of work in the request includes designing new streets, including an underground tunnel; designing modifications to the parking garage underneath the site; and designing a central square for gatherings, officials said.

Qualifications must be submitted to the city of Rochester engineer by Tuesday, officials said. Finalists will be picked by Dec. 18, with interviews with finalists to be completed by Jan. 5. City Council will authorize the selection of a consultant by Jan. 19.

“Infrastructure design is a very important component in the redevelopment of Midtown, as this contractor will help bring new life and character to downtown Rochester,” said Dennis Mullen, Empire State Development Corp. chairman and CEO designate, in the statement.

“It is important for us to select a proposal that best demonstrates a more attractive, safe and accessible street grid and parking for citizens and visitors alike. We are excited to see the proposed enhancements and will select the design that is most fitting for Rochester’s needs and goals for the future.”

(c) 2009 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.

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