The first phase of construction began Monday at the former Midtown Plaza site, with streets and infrastructure to be created to support redevelopment at the 8.6-acre location.
The $5.9 million project includes reconstruction of the portion of the underground service tunnel, officials said. The tunnel’s entrance is on the eastern end of the Midtown location. It provides vehicular access to businesses and entities west of the site, including the Chase Tower, Hyatt Regency Rochester and the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
“After more than five years of design and demolition, it is extremely gratifying to see this project move into the construction phase,” Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said in a statement released late Friday.
“I look forward to watching this development site take shape over the next several months.”
Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc. is doing the work, which is funded by grants from Empire State Development Corp. and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with funds from the city of Rochester.
Crane-Hogan and its subcontractors will employ as many as 50 workers for the construction, scheduled for completion next March, officials said.
Redevelopment of the former Seneca Building by the Pike Co Inc. is under way, with Windstream Corp. scheduled to move into the structure in August 2013.
Renovations to the underground parking garage, and street and utility upgrades are scheduled to begin after July 1, officials said. Work on open space and landscaping is planned for summer 2013.
All construction is scheduled for completion by the end of next year.
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