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Midtown Plaza


Midtown Plaza



  • Midtown Plaza opened in 1962 as the first fully enclosed downtown mall in the United States.
  • It included office buildings, retail shops and restaurants, a hotel, and 1,820 space underground parking garage on an 8.6-acre site in the heart of the city.
  • Initially very popular, by the 1980s it was no longer competive with suburban shopping centers. The three anchor stores were closed by 1995; by 2007 over 1 million square feet, or 86% of the available space was vacant.
  • Several failed revitalization efforts, rising costs of renovation (particularly related to asbestos remediation), and a depressing effect on neighboring property values led to a decision in 2007 to demolish the complex.
  • In July 2007, Paetec Holding Corp. of suburban Perinton approached the city offering to build a new Paetec Holding Company Headquarters downtown provided the Midtown Plaza site could be made shovel-ready.
  • The city took title to the property on May 28, 2008, with closure to the public due July 31, 2008 and complete vacancy due December 31, 2008.
  • Many of the smaller buildings in the complex were demolished and the city built new infrastructure and access roads to make the more than 8-acre site ready for new development.


New York

Involved Companies

Gruen Associates

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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 lookingup-view-from-the-southwest Tower280 251 ft 17 high-rise building 1962
2 McCurdy Building 105 ft 6 low-rise building 1901
3 Euclid Building 90 ft 6 low-rise building 1961
4 B. Forman Building ≈76 ft 6 low-rise building 1920
5 Seneca Building ≈38 ft 3 low-rise building 1972
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