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Entrance on Clinton Ave.

Entrance on Clinton Ave.


The wall that fronts Main St.

The wall that fronts Main St.


View of south side of building.

View of south side of building.


Courtyard side

Courtyard side


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.

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15 Responses to Wall on Main St.

  1. April 1, 2013 at 11:33 am Benny C. responds:

    shades of the great Civic center wall along Exchange St. awaiting the completion of a City-County office building straddling Exchange abutting the wall.

    let’s hope Windstream’s wall won’t have roofing tar dripping down it.

  2. April 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    After waiting for something (employment) you are told to wait. Then wait some more. If the $$$ is in the bank, then what are taxpayers waiting for? And why so long?

    10 YEARS?!

  3. Looks like another place for an interesting walltherapy mural!

  4. April 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm carl binger responds:

    I was just about to comment Rachel but not about the wall, but the third floor that is now for lease in the windstream building. I just noticed the signs for it today as I was driving from ESL. I really thought Windstream would be able to completely fill that building. Maybe I missed the news on this one. It just kind of sucks because of the disappointment from paetec, and all of its scaling back from the original tower, and now this. I hope they can fill the third floor.

  5. April 1, 2013 at 3:05 pm Orielly responds:

    Someone’s got to tell it like it is.

    The Paetec plan was a scam, from a Tower where you could see Toronto to a 2 story building… but free parking for the employees. What Political party led that effort? Same one who played political games with REN before saying no to REN.

    SO now we have a rusting top 10 floors of Midtown and a shell of a building waiting for something… .some day but with 50M in taxpayer money spent.

    And “we hope” they can rent the third floor?

    The DEMs have screwed up 3 of the 4 main corners of this town at Main and Clinton .. the REN corner, Sibleys and Midtown.. and our comments are “we hope they can rent a third floor”? No wonder Xerox sold the tower.

    There should be outrage and there should be another party elected to get a chance to make it right and work.

    And until there is outrage and another party running things or at least with a voice in City government… the tower will continue to RUST.

    • April 2, 2013 at 11:03 am Benny C. responds:


      Can you guess why no one gives a lick about Downtown?

      Can you guess why the Windstream development is oriented to an interior courtyard instead of E. Main?

      Can you guess why the hottest part of Downtown is the East End sector where gentrification is alive and well?

      Until the city begins to admit the underlying core problems of irrational design plans that skirt the underlying problems we will continue to have a patchwork quilt of non-congruous developments that test the limits of urban land use economics and pedestrian-friendly urban design.

  6. April 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm Carlos M responds:

    Thanks for confirming what I had figured was the case. Another building will be built flush to the wall of Windstream, so they just finish the sides that people will actually see.

  7. April 1, 2013 at 8:57 pm Chris Reich responds:

    I suppose someone could commission some more of the questionable multi-story artwork which graces St. Paul Blvd south of the Inner Loop. Or just to paint some fake windows on it…

  8. April 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm Eduardo Ricardo responds:

    When someone continues to be late, as this project continues to be, you eventually end up being behind, uncompetitive and unimportant. And eventually fired.

    Democrats…YOU’RE FIRED!!!

  9. April 2, 2013 at 5:34 am Mike Craig responds:

    Let’s see if I have this right. We have a massive boondoggle here with construction stretching on forever to end up with not so much and the hope that something will get done there in the future. With massive taxpayer subsidies no doubt. And instead of taking this as clear warning about government as real estate developer the responses are divided between cynical resignation, naive hope, and the suggestion that we should replace the incompetent corrupt Democrats with the slightly less incompetent, slightly more corrupt Republicans so that they can build their own taxpayer funded boondoggles and bring in their friends and donors? What’s wrong with this picture?

  10. I can’t help but think of the new East Ave Wegmans. We have a major intersection, East and Winton, where we have a beautiful view of a 12ft prison wall. I’m sure they are waiting to install the barbed wire.

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