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Looking to the Future of Downtown Rochester, Does that Include the Peace Fountain?

October 18, 2018 08:40 AM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Destination Medical Center hosted its annual meeting Wednesday night, highlighting the progress of the past year, and looking to the future. An outdoor dinner was held in Peace Plaza, but beforehand, the public was given a glimpse into what the future of downtown Rochester could be like.


“We've garnered interest from developers and investors from all over the world and we've got 21 projects in the pipeline just in the last few years. We've got almost a half of a billion dollars in terms of investment already in Rochester. We want to make sure we celebrate that, but we also want to make sure we celebrate all of the activity and the planning that we're doing in public spaces,” said Lisa Clarke, Executive Director for DMC EDA.

Some of those were on display at the open house, like interactive media displays, art installations, and multi-lingual signage, just to name a few.

“What we're trying to do is quite a bit of prototyping here so people can see understand what this space means and help us envision the future of downtown Rochester,” Clarke said.

One of those iconic buildings downtown, the Chateau Theatre that was open to the public one last time, Wednesday, before construction starts on its renovation. Just outside the theatre, sits another gem of the city, the Peace Fountain.

“Each dove is unique, there are 57 of them. They represent the 50 states, the 7 major continents and the three at the top represent the past, present, and future of Rochester,” said Arlyn Gagnon, wife of the late sculptor of the Peace Fountain.

There's been some controversy about what would happen to Peace Plaza and the Peace Fountain with the future redevelopment of downtown.

“The concern now is that DMC is proposing to move the peace fountain,” Gagnon said.
 

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Right now, good news so far from DMC.

“We've asked the planners to come forward with a few designs and plan around the fountain, keeping the fountain here,” Clarke explained.

“It will inspire future generations,” Gagnon said. “The sculpture is a universal language. It speaks to all people and it will continue to do that very eloquently.”

 

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