People have been asking me lately why it appears the Windstream building on the Midtown site is built with its back to Main Street.
There is a blank wall, devoid of windows, on the Main St. side. That’s because the building was never intended to front the street. There’s a parcel of land that sits between the building and Main St. The developer, Pike, has an option to buy that parcel.
The danger is Pike and the city take years to put anything on that piece of land. Pike will landscape the property, but it won’t mitigate the Main St. view.
Rochester’s mayor has said developing Midtown will take 10 years, a projection I find rather pessimistic. Let’s hope development of the site moves along quickly and we won’t be staring at a blank wall for long.
Links of the Day:
– The death of a Monroe County jail inmate was cited in a critical Albany Times Union report on for-profit medical providers.
– A Syracuse fire station is in such disrepair, firefighters can’t park fire trucks in all bays or they might crash into basement.
– Buffalo celebrates Dyngus Day, squirt guns, pussy willows and all.
– The troubles of a historic former Syracuse hotel are reminiscent of the Sibley Building.