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August 09, 2013

Additions possible for proposed downtown Roch. entertainment center

Developers of a proposed multi-entertainment complex in downtown Rochester are pondering another component.

Andy Chafoulias, a longtime Rochester developer and president of Titan Ventures and Investments, announced this spring that he planned a new building to house a jazz and blues nightclub, an authentic Italian restaurant, an event venue and a roof-top patio bar, among other things.

08092013oldcobrownbuilding"I want to bring more vibrancy to downtown and make it even stronger than it is. The mission is to fill the voids in downtown," he said in May.

The early version of those plans called for demolishing the former C.O Brown Insurance building at 300 S. Broadway in August to clear the way for construction.

That timeline has now been moved back a little, while the Titan planners consider the possibility of adding office space to the project, said John Beltz, Titan's vice president of brand revenue development. The hope is to finalize the design yet this fall, with demolition starting in September or October, he said.

The mission of bringing more entertainment and "vibrancy" to Rochester remains the core of the project. However, adding office space could change the layout and even the size of the building, Beltz said.

Chafoulias' early version of the project was to have an underground level for the jazz/blues bar and then three stories above ground.

Offering office space could mean "adding a few more floors" to the development, Beltz said.

One detail, however, that has been nailed down is the name of the project. Titan is now calling it City Centre to brand it along with the adjacent 60,000-square-foot office building constructed by Joe Weis in 2008.


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