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Main Street makeover gets $2M in state funding

Time for a Main Street makeover. The city announced Thursday it has secured $2 million in state funding to reconstruct the main drag to make it safer for pedestrians and traffic as well as more appealing to potential downtown business owners.

The Main Street Streetscape Project is in the design phase and slated to start construction in the spring of 2017.  The redesign calls for reconstruction of sidewalks on Main Street from Liberty Pole Plaza to Saint Paul Street, new recessed parking areas, updated lighting and landscaping features, a renovated Liberty Pole Plaza and implementation of the first phase of the new signage system to help pedestrians find their way around the downtown.

“Downtown Rochester is once again thriving, and with the Main Street Streetscape Project, people will not only be able to park along our main thoroughfare, but also walk and bike safely between their destinations,” Mayor Lovely Warren said.

The investment in reconstructing Main Street is the street’s first makeover in 30 years, city officials said.

“These are needed upgrades and additions that will provide residents and visitors of our city with improved safety and better accessibility, while also promoting new pedestrian-friendly activities in this part of downtown Rochester,” said state Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece.

“An investment in a revitalized downtown Rochester is an investment in more jobs and a better quality of life for our entire region,” said state Sen. Richard Funke, R-Perinton.

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