Portland Avenue Revitalization Project

Scope of Work

The Portland Avenue Revitalization project is a locally funded street beautification project along Portland Avenue from Lux Street (south limit) to Norton Street (north limit). The City’s Consultant on the project is Wendel WD Architecture, Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture PC (Wendel).  

  • Final Bid Drawings (1 of 2) 
  • Final Bid drawings (2 of 2) 
  • Final Banner Design 

  • Wendel was able to seamlessly progress the street design project being mindful of the needs and desires of the community and Steering Committee as outlined in the Four Step Portland Avenue Revitalization Plan report prepared by Ingalls Planning & Design dated May 2010. With close coordination with the Monroe County Department of Transportation, they also were able to engineer a safe and pedestrian friendly street closely following the  City of Rochester’s Complete Streets Policy effective December 2011. The street enhancements that were captured from the Four Step Portland Avenue Revitalization Plan and will be implemented into the street revitalization project are: 

    •  New decorative street lighting system 
    •  Banners on lighting pole arms
    •  Bump-outs at select intersections for safer pedestrian crossing distances and traffic calming
    •  Special sidewalk treatments at the bump-outs
    •  Raised center median to address accidents at the curve
    •  New 12-inch water main including side street water main tie-ins, all new water services and hydrants the entire length of the project
    •  Temporary high visibility crosswalks
    •  Temporary on-street bicycle facilities and associated signage
    •  Temporary pavement striping
    •  Two new gateway walls at the Norton Street intersection with Portland Avenue which will include landscaping at each
    •  One new gateway wall labeled “PORTLAND AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD” at the Chapin Street intersection with Portland Avenue
    •  One new bus stop shelter at the Durnan Street stop on Portland Avenue
    •  Topsoil and seeding of all lawn areas disturbed by the project 

    A separate federally funded milling and resurfacing project (2015 Preventative Maintenance Group No. 2) will follow the beautification project in 2016, and will mill and resurface the pavement from Draper Street to the north City Line; install all permanent pavement striping including crosswalks; install all permanent bicycle pavement markings and associated signage; replace hazardous sidewalks, broken curb and curb ramps that do not meet current Americans with Disabilities Act standards; restore all lawn areas disturbed by the project with topsoil and seed.

    The project is currently in the Bidding and Award phase. Four (4) bidders attended the project bid opening held on August 12, 2015. The project will be awarded within 45 days of the bid opening to the lowest responsible bidder. Construction of the beautification project is anticipated to begin in late summer/early fall 2015 and be substantially complete by end of spring 2016 at which time the milling and resurfacing street project will ensue. 


    Project Background

    The City of Rochester’s Department of Neighborhood and Business Development (NBD) has begun using a 4-step planning process for the development of revitalization plans for the City’s neighborhood commercial areas. The simple yet comprehensive community planning approach includes extensive community and stakeholder participation, the development of a vision, an economic overview, a community design plan, and an action/implementation strategy. The process is flexible, community-based, and action oriented. A modified version of the 4-step process was used to develop the Portland Avenue Revitalization Plan. This project is an outcome of each of the four planning steps.

    The planning area encompasses the Portland Ave corridor from Norton St at the north and Lux St at the south (map). The Portland Ave Revitalization Project includes primarily commercial and mixed use buildings with some single-family and multi-family residential buildings. Although this is the primary study area, discussion with the Committee and the community extended beyond this area and included the surrounding residential streets and parts of Portland Ave south of Lux St.

    Project Documents

    • Portland Avenue Revitalization Plan 
    • Steering Committee Meeting Minutes (8/20/13) - The Consultant team along with City of Rochester Street Design staff and County Department of Transportation staff met for the first time with the Portland Avenue Steering Committee to discuss conceptual ideas and gather information from the Steering Committee that will aid in developing preliminary design plans. This is the first meeting of a few that the City will have with the Portland Avenue Steering Committee.
    • Steering Committee Meeting Minutes (12/17/13) - The purpose of this meeting with the Portland AvenueRevitalization Steering Committee was to present the project design at the 35% Preliminary Design stage.


    Project Schedule

    • Consultant Selection - June 2013
    • Preliminary Investigation Phase - August 2013
    • Preliminary Design Phase -January 2014
    • Final Design & Contracts Documents Phase - July 2015
    • Bidding Phase - August 2015
    • Construction Phase - September 2015
    • Substantially Complete - June 2016


    If you have questions or need additional information, contact the City's Project Manager, Ms. Lisa Reyes at (585) 428-6354 or email her.