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Mary Lupien Featured on WHEC Addressing City Council

"Parcel 5 could be a public social center, the focal point of our city where we celebrate art and music, and food and hold festivals," said Mary Lupien, who supports Visionary Square.

March 28, 2017 11:22 PM

Parcel 5 wasn't on the City Council's agenda on Tuesday, but it was on the minds of city neighbors at the meeting.

"Parcel 5 could be a public social center, the focal point of our city where we celebrate art and music, and food and hold festivals," said Mary Lupien, who supports Visionary Square.

A dozen speakers on Tuesday shared their opinions on the three options under consideration. One option, Visionary Square, would create green space for outdoor events and include food trucks and outdoor cafes.

A performing arts center has also been proposed for the site and lastly the Gallina proposal, to create a mix of housing, shops and restaurants as well as a large green space for events.

Edward Campany, MCC student: "The Gallina development accomplishes every one of Visionary Square's goals without becoming dependent on outside visitors. It is practical, economic and socially just comprise our city's needs."

We asked Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren where the city stands on the proposals.

She told us, "I think that we've been very consistent about what we want to see. We want a vibrant downtown where it's alive after five, where you can have some open space and a place for people to gather and really come and enjoy our city. We also want jobs and economic development opportunity for people in our city."

City Council Vice President Dana Miller says this is not a decision the city is taking lightly. "We really see Parcel 5 being a critical location and it's very important that we get it right. We did this back in the 60s to build Midtown and this is another shot that we get and we probably don't get another shot for another 50 to 60 years," said Miller.