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MONROE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Although it's been almost a year since Rochester resident Dove Leta moved from the Mount Hope area, her excitement for what College Town will bring hasn't faded.
"It makes it look a lot nicer here, cleaning up the city which is good because that's what they need to do," Leta said.
Rochester Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner Del Smith said both College Town and the CityGate site just down the street are still on schedule to be completed by fall.
"Any development project you run into snags unanticipated events, but as far as we know, everything is on track and we look forward to the ribbon cutting for both sites," Smith said.
College Town is a $100 million project that�s been in the works since 2008.
It will be home to a 20,000 square foot Constantinos Market, a two level Barnes and Noble, a Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, office space, 150 high end apartments, and more than 10 restaurants and shops.
With a new school year starting on Tuesday for University of Rochester students, the new destinations are a big draw.
"I think just having another place to hang out, such as the Barnes and Nobles, place to study, meet people, and then all the new restaurants will be really exciting to try out as well," URMC Graduate Student Andrew Soroka said.
Near the intersection of Westfall Road and East Henrietta Road in Brighton, CityGate will host Western New York's only Costco, as well as 300 living spaces, a hotel, and shops.
"These are clearly big projects for Rochester and they're bringing in significant amounts of investment and jobs," Smith said. "Not only that but the retail shops, the hotels that are associated with both of these projects, I mean that's going to improve the quality of life for Rochesterians."
When both of these projects are complete, Smith said it's a great example of what Rochester residents can expect to see elsewhere in the city.
"Rochester is really experiencing this transformation and resurgence," Smith said. "These two projects are really kind of the lead models of what we kind of expect to happen in the near future on other projects as well."
- See more at: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/763556/city-shares-updates-on-college-town-and-citygate-projects/#sthash.A1oTdVzc.dpuf