September 17, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of $350,000 For Rochester Revitalization Project

Federal Dollars Will Help Revitalize Old Midtown Plaza, Spur Future Economic Growth

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senate passed the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, which included $350,000 to help revitalize the old Midtown Plaza in downtown Rochester. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"This is great news for Rochester," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help create jobs and help turn the economy around for the long term by bringing new life, new energy and new businesses to the old Midtown Plaza area. I will continue working hard to ensure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

The City of Rochester will use the $350,000 federal investment toward a public-private partnership to redevelop the old Midtown Plaza into a mixed-use urban space. The project is expected to create or retain over 1,500 jobs and leverage over $200 million in new investment.

With Senate passage, the bill will now proceed to the House-Senate Conference Committee, then voted on in both chambers and sent to the President to become law.