Center City Master Plan


Reconnecting to Rochester's Center City

Downtown Rochester has been the hub of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region for nearly 200 years.  It has seen many changes during that history.  Now, more than any other time in the past half century, broad national, social, cultural, economic and demographic trends are coalescing to bring renewed energy to cities.  A new generation is reconnecting with their downtowns.  Rochester realizes the importance of a vibrant Center City and is dedicated to making decisions that will produce a high quality of urban life that its citizens are proud of and that is attractive to 21st century entrepreneurial talent and investment. 

2014 Center City Master Plan Update

The plan can be downloaded by clicking on the link below: 

Volume 1:  The plan 

Volume 2: Background and supporting information (appendix) {coming soon}  

Thank you to the thousands of people who provided input during this process.  

The original Center City Master Plan adopted in 2003 can be viewed here.

Center City 3D Model

Learn about the new Center City 3D model!

Javas AMFrequently Asked Questions about Center City, the Master Plan, and the update process:

Other Center City Planning Efforts

Community Planning Efforts

Emerging Initiatives


Comments or questions related to the Center City Master Plan Update should be emailed to, or sent to:

Center City Master Plan
Attention: Jason Haremza
City Hall Room 125B
30 Church Street
Rochester, NY 14614