Project Development (Real Estate and Property)

About Project Development 

The mission of the Division of Project Development is to facilitate the revitalization of the city of Rochester through redevelopment planning processes, the development of vacant and underutilized property, and the renovation of vacant and underutilized buildings.

Responsibilities of Project Development

Prepares and administers requests for proposals (RFPs) for the disposition of City-owned property. 

Provides grant and/or loan funding for projects. 

Tower 280Tower280 and Sibley Square are recent examples of this. Tower280 is comprised of 181 residential units and approximately 130,000 square feet of commercial space which includes three office tenants and a restaurant.

Sibley Building redevelopment will create 96 market-rate apartments, 72 units of affordable homes for seniors, retail space, and office spaceincluding  High Tech Rochester, a startup incubator. 

Applies for and administers grants and/or loans from other funding agencies. 

 The College Town development and the Seneca Building are examples of this. College Town utilized the HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program and returned an underutilized site to a productive use through the creation of a 14-acre district. The College Town project created 154 housing units and 270,000 square feet of hotel, office, and retail space.

The Seneca Building received funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. This project, located at the former Midtown site, created a new three-story building comprised of 173,000 square feet of commercial space. The Seneca building is now home to Windstream and the D&C.

Staffs the City’s PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) Review Committee. 

Undertakes development- oriented neighborhood planning processes. 


In partial fulfillment of the JOSANA neighborhood master plan, the Stadium Estates project created 45 new single-family homes, all to be affordable to households earning 60% or less of the area median income.

For more information about the Division of Project Development, please email Mark Fitzstevens, Manager of Downtown Development at or call him at: (585) 428-6153.