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RocLinks 6/18/16

June 18th, 2016

A repairman works on the Sibley Building clock tower [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone Negative Collection, Rochester Museum & Science Center]
By Matthew Denker

From local development to just plain news of the weird, here are your RocLinks for this past week…

Oh Really?

So I learned something new this week. Apparently Tilt is in the location that Rochester had a Spaghetti Warehouseexternal link back in the ’90s. In what was apparently a big change for the chain, they abruptly switched from using actual old industrial buildings in cities to building fake ones in the burbs (my only experience with one is from Lynnwood, WA – definitively suburban). Go figure.

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The city continues its long slow grind to adding a new performing arts center downtown. After a pair of, let’s politely call them lightweight, proposals for the site, the city has again issued an RFP.external link Maybe the proposals will be more to their liking this time than the last. Maybe not. The objectives of the proposal are highly jilted towards getting something with made up employment and economic benefits and away from something that could be a successful mixed use, downtown development (think some mix of retail and housing). Good luck to all parties involved – I hope you get what you’re looking for.

Someday We’ll Know

Did you know Winn was still working on Sibley?external link They are! And they expect to finally have apartments ready next (2017) fall. And they’re not telling you the price in case A.) rents are up even more still in downtown and they undershoot or B.) the demand for high(er) priced rentals downtown is satiated and they need to scramble to actually get more office tenants and the rentals never happen. It’s like a choose your own adventure.

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And finally, one of my favorite Buffalonians (is that how they prefer to be named?), Mike Puma, is featured in the first episodeexternal link of BRO’s new podcast. Check it out – Mike’s my hero.

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4 Responses to “RocLinks 6/18/16”

  1. Powers says:

    I never got to the Spaghetti Warehouse in Rochester before it closed (I was in the middle of college at the time), but I’ve been to the one in Pittsburgh, and I go to the one in Syracuse every time I’m there. Neither is in anything close to a suburban location — but they both predate 1996, too.

  2. Jason says:

    I vaguely remember going there when I was in grade school. Primary school I believe. We went on a field trip some place in the city. I can’t remember where, but we stopped and had lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse. I remember thinking that they were going to come out with large tubs of Spaghetti to feed us because it was a warehouse. lol

  3. Nick says:

    It was totally in the wrong location. That is why it failed. Whomever chose that spot contributed to its demise. It should have been on Water Street or in the St. Paul Quarter. I think Mayor Johnson was trying to bring something to a dead area across from the old post office. Too bad. The one in St. Louis was in just the right area.

  4. john says:

    Would be interested to know if there are any types of tours being hosted at the Sibley building, or any other historic building in Rochester anytime this summer?


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