Beacon slates event on downtown revitalization

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Downtown Rochester has become a hub of revitalization activity. In the last two decades, the Rochester Downtown Development Corp. reports, more than $2.5 billion has been invested in the center city, and more than 8,500 residents and college students now call downtown home.

More changes are on the horizon. They include the city’s Rochester Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Constellation Brands’ planned relocation of its headquarters to the Aqueduct Building campus, and the ROC the Riverway project, among other initiatives.

At the same time, the rise of remote work during the pandemic is reshaping the outlook for many central business districts nationwide. Surveys by Gallup and others have shown that most Americans who worked remotely over the last two years do not want to return to the office full time. How would a shift to a hybrid work environment impact downtown Rochester’s redevelopment?

On June 15, the Rochester Beacon will hold its first in-person event since the start of the pandemic: “The Future of Downtown Revitalization.” It will feature a moderated panel discussion with key downtown stakeholders.

The event will be held at the Butler/Till Building, located at 260 East Broad St. The new five-story, mixed-use building—co-owned by Butler/Till and Buckingham Properties—is in the heart of downtown, adjacent to Parcel 5 and Tower 280, another major redevelopment project.

Bond, Schoeneck & King and The Burke Group are silver sponsors of the event, slated for 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. It is free to attend, but registration is required and the number of people who can attend is limited. You can register now to reserve your place.

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