The city of Rochester has received two proposals to build a performing arts center—one along with a casino–at Midtown’s Parcel Five on East Main Street, Mayor Lovely Warren announced Monday.
The city received a comprehensive draft proposal from the Seneca Nation of Indians outlining its desire to build a performing arts center with a gaming facility at the site. A second draft proposal was submitted in conceptual form by a consortium of casino operators and other possible yet-to-be-identified investors who would partially fund a stand-alone performing arts center.
The second proposal was submitted on behalf of Thomas Wilmot, chairman of Wilmorite Management Group LLC, which is developing the $440 million del Lago Resort & Casino in Tyre, Seneca County.
“A world-class performing arts center in the heart of our city would be a game changer for downtown Rochester, drawing tourists from across the region and creating jobs for the people in the neighborhoods where they are most needed,” Warren said. “A performing arts center project will bring activity to downtown and, when combined with gaming, also holds vast job-creating potential.
“As mayor, I need to keep an open mind to all job-creating projects and I am grateful that we have received interest in our downtown and specifically Parcel Five. By bringing job-creating projects that will complement the new development that is underway downtown, we can achieve critical mass in the rebirth of our center city.”
The mayor said she will listen to and assess any project that holds the potential to bring jobs to this city’s residents and she looks forward to learning more about the specifics of these proposals.
The Seneca Gaming Corp. proposal states it has the potential to create thousands of good-paying, permanent jobs in downtown. It combines a 3000-seat performing arts center with a gaming-entertainment center. The performing arts center could hold up to 150 shows a year, including Broadway plays and concerts. The proposal does not call for a hotel or a signature franchise restaurant.
The Wilmot proposal calls for bringing 400 jobs to Rochester. In partnership with RochesterWorks Inc. and their participating job training programs, the organizers of Wilmorite, Delaware North and Batavia OTB will source 400 full-time-equivalent jobs from the city of Rochester. It also describes a plan for funding construction and development of a Rochester performing arts facility for Rochester Broadway Theatre League performances.
Project descriptions of each proposal, as submitted, can be seen at: www.cityofrochester.gov/pacparcel5.
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