RFP - Lease Opportunity - William A. Johnson Jr. Port of Rochester Terminal Building

1000 N. River St, Suite 203

The City of Rochester (“City”), through this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) solicitation, seeks a qualified developer/team of developers (“Developer”) to lease Suite 203 at 1000 N River Street (referred to as the “Site”) in Rochester, NY to establish a restaurant in this location as it is the City’s intention to receive development proposals that will lead to the lease of the premises.  The City intends to contract with the entity who presents the best use and plan/layout of such use, demonstrates the best financial capacity to operate in the leased premises, and who demonstrates previous and/or current experience in the proposed use. While the City is interested in a restaurant, other uses may be considered. 

The City will look most favorably at a proposal that can speak to its alignment with the City of Rochester’s Comprehensive Plan, known as the Roc 2034.  The following link will direct interested parties to the City’s page that outlines the components of the plan as well as a full version of the Roc 2034 document.  https://www.cityofrochester.gov/Rochester2034/


The Port Terminal Building is located at the Port of Rochester at 1000 N. River St, where the Genesee River meets Lake Ontario, about 9 miles north of Downtown Rochester.  The Port and surrounding areas offer opportunities for Boating and Fishing, Swimming or Beach activities at the adjacent Ontario Beach Park, Walking and other Recreational Activities along the Charlotte Pier and the Genesee Riverway Trail, Hiking, Biking, Boating/Marina, and Dining with a River Front View. There are multiple festivals, concerts by the shore, and outdoor movie screenings at the park. Public transportation from downtown is available via Route 22 on RTS. 


September 18, 2023: RFP Release

September 27, 2023 at 10 a.m. via Zoom:  Information/Question Session (See Below for ZOOM Link)

October 4, 2023; 9 to 10 a.m.: Property Showing

October 10, 2023; 3 to 4 p.m.: Property Showing

October 20, 2023 (by 4 p.m.) :  Proposals Submission Deadline

October, 2023: Review, Interviews (if applicable) & Selection


RFP (Request for Proposal-Full)

Cover Page-Fillable PDF

Commercial Lease Application-Fillable PDF

*Please see Section 4 of RFP for all submission requirements



Click Here for a question submission form