Andrew Gallina believes innovation and creativity are key drivers of growth downtown.
“They will help lead to the successful rebirth of the city,” said Gallina, president of Gallina Development Corp.
Gallina made his remarks at the Downtown Real Estate Revival, part of the Rochester Business Journal’s Power Breakfast series, at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Nearly 700 people attended the event focused on downtown development.
In addition to Gallina, the speakers were:
- Ken Glazer, managing partner at Buckingham Properties LLC;
- Robert Morgan, CEO of Morgan Management LLC;
- Baye Muhammad, commissioner of the city’s department of Neighborhood and Business Development; and
- Richard Rosen, manager at Mark IV Enterprises.
Gallina, Glazer and Morgan talked about their various projects downtown and discussed the importance of creating jobs around the center city, as well as having ample parking and providing a safe and secure environment for people downtown.
Morgan supports the development of a casino and performing arts center, which he said could bring hundreds of jobs to the area. City officials are reviewing such options.
Rosen stressed learning from past mistakes when it comes to downtown development and favored developing, and sticking to, a plan.
Muhammad said his office is looking to create a vibrant, all-inclusive downtown where activity extends beyond the workday.
“To be great, we need to embrace all cultures,” he said.
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