River Gorge Site

This site, between Smith Street and Mill Street, offers about 4 acres of development opportunities. With the new ROC The Riverway initiative, this will be an area that will be getting more and more attention and interest.  Easily accessible from Lake Avenue, this property has high potential for interesting site design and development with great access to future Genesee Riverway Trail segments.  

If you are interested in this site, please submit an Expression of Interest. Most City-owned properties are sold through a process that starts with a Request for Proposal (RFP). For a list of current RFPs, and to learn more about the RFP process, click HERE. 

  Overhead - River Gorge Site

 Picture - River Gorge Site

Site Information

Address: 196 Smith Street (South of Smith Street)

Size of Site: 3.56 Acres

Zoning CCD-R Center City District - Riverfront

NeighborhoodHigh Falls 

Appraised Value (as of 2017): $100,000

New York State Brownfield Opportunity AreaLYLAKS BOA


For more site details, see the Rochester Property Info Application

For information about nearby investments and community/city plans, see the Projects and Plans Application. 


Relevant Documents (click to download)

Vincent St Trail Landscape Plan (2017)

River Gorge Site - map showing RGE easement and trail buffer (2017)

196 Smith St Site Plans (2010)

196 Smith Street Phase I ESA (2009)

196 Smith Street Phase II ESA (2009)

196 Smith Topographic Map (2009)

Vincent St. City of Roch Easement Sketch 3 (2008)


Distance to Nearby Locations

Adjacent to the High Falls Heritage Area

Adjacent to future Genesee River Trail segments

1/4 Mile to Monroe Community College - Downtown Campus 

1/4 Mile to High Falls

1/2 Mile to downtown

1/2 Mile to I-490 

2 and 1/4 Miles to University of Rochester

3 and 3/4 Miles to Greater Rochester International Airport

5 and 3/4 Miles to Rochester Institute of Technology

8 Miles to the New York State Thruway


 Additional Information

For more information about this site, contact Paul Scuderi, Director of Real Estate at (585) 428-7527, or Paul.Scuderi@CityofRochester.Gov.

For more information about Rochester's City-owned, Market Ready Strategic Development Sites, click HERE.