News Release - Passero Associates Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Headquarters in City’s Cascade District

City of Rochester

News Release

Bridge Square rendering(Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011) — Mayor Thomas S. Richards, Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada and City Councilmember Adam McFadden joined New York State Sen. Joseph Robach, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Passero Associates Officers for a groundbreaking in downtown Rochester.

Passero Associates, an architectural and engineering firm with more than 100 employees, will relocate their corporate headquarters from Liberty Pole Way to the basement and bottom two floors of the four-story building at the former Josh Lofton School, 242 W. Main St, in downtown’s Cascade District. The renovation will also include about 4,000 square feet of retail space along with 20 loft apartments.

“We are extremely pleased to have one of our top priority real estate projects be successful,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “Passero Associates should be commended for its continued investment in downtown’s Cascade District. It is refreshing to see a historic Rochester building take on a new life thanks to Passero’s commitment to the western portion of downtown.”

“This space has everything we were looking for – a convenient location in the heart of downtown Rochester, ample parking for our employees and clients, and room for expansion,” said Wayne F. Wegman, President of Passero Associates. “Renovating this historic building is also an excellent opportunity for our architects and engineers to create a modern mixed-use space utilizing sustainable design practices and to showcase our firm’s design abilities.”

The developers will maintain the building’s historic look, while making changes to ensure for sustainable design and energy efficiency. By strategically reusing the exposed timbers and bricks, high ceilings and panoramic views of the city skyline will create a great place to live and work.

Lofton Lofts LLC, a partnership of

Virtual Tour of former Josh Lofton Space used for developer Request for Proposal
the Passero Group LLC and Spoleta Group LLC, was selected as the developer of the space by the City’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development in 2010. The purchase price was $285,000, based on an independent appraisal of the property.

The redevelopment of the 52,000-square-foot Josh Lofton site follows other western downtown developments, which include new residential loft units in both the Daily Record and the Cascade buildings in the Cascade District. This development comes on the heels of the Buckingham Commons mixed-use development on Plymouth Avenue and Allen Street and the North Plymouth Terrace townhome development will bring 24 townhouses, a 1.5 acre parking lot and commercial space to West Main Street across from the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

More immediate to the Lofton site is the City’s comprehensive overhaul of Broad Street and Nothnagle Realty’s multi-million dollar renovation of the “triangle” building at the Broad and Main Street gateway corner and The Monroe County Crime Lab on South Plymouth Avenue and West Broad Street.

Passero Associates provides planning, engineering, architectural design, surveying, environmental, program management, sustainable design, construction management and design-build services in New York, Florida and the eastern United States.


News Media: For more information, contact Wayne Wegman, President of Passero Associates, at 325-1000, or Bret Garwood, Director of Business and Housing Development at the City of Rochester, at 428-6150.