DMC Board reflects on 2019, and looks forward

Alice Keefe
Updated: November 12, 2019 05:37 PM
Created: November 12, 2019 04:29 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The DMC Corporation board met for the final time this year on Tuesday.

2019 saw headway on a number of major projects in downtown Rochester.


“It’s just been a really exciting year for DMC and, for Rochester in general, and the region. I mean, there’s more people coming here, there’s new companies coming into town,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director of the Destination Medical Center’s Economic Development Agency.

In 2019, buildings opened, plans were made and DMC projects began to take shape.

“One of those is heart of the city,” Clarke said.

With the designs drawn, and the artwork revealed in October (pavement with raised letters, low fog, a sculpture and lights to illuminate Peace Plaza), construction is set to begin in 2020.

“We are enhancing that space to really drive visitation and to actually create a space that our patients and visitors and those of us who work and live in Rochester are excited to be a part of,” Clarke said.

This year also marked the opening of One Discovery Square.

“We opened just this spring, and it’s almost full, which is a great message to the community, the region, and the state and the nation that we are open for business,” Clarke said, noting the building’s 85 percent occupancy rate.

Still this year, the long-awaited return of the Chateau Theatre.

“We are very happy to just bring community together in this space, and all different parts of education, to whatever the community needs,” said Carrie Noble-O’Keefe, director of business development at Exhibits Development Group (EDG) which currently operates the Chateau Theatre.

The theater is expected to open on November 23rd, with its first exhibit on The Beatles.

“You’ll have artifacts from describing The Beatles, and it’ll be a wonderful experience for all ages,” O’Keefe said.

Now, 2020 is just around the corner.

“We’ve got quite a few projects in the pipeline right now, probably up to 30 or so,” Clarke said.

Among the biggest future projects is figuring out what to do with the two-and-a-half acres of city-owned property along the riverfront. 

While the year may be coming to a close, DMC’s plans are just getting started. 

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