The area surrounding what will soon become College Town is completely transformed. Buildings that once stood have disappeared and dump trucks weave in and out of the site. Groundbreaking on the site was in May. Since then the entire site has been leveled. For the last two months, Monroe Roadways has been doing work to install utilities and prepare the site for construction. The Fairport company has been increasing the number of employees on the site as the project has progressed.
A parking garage, Barnes & Nobles, grocery store, hotel and shops will be constructed at College Town. The buildings are expected to go up this winter. Monroe Roadways says the project is on schedule.
"Everyone was prepared and well sized for a project of this nature. I think they did a lot of homework and hired the right people to move it along at a quick pace like this," Monroe Roadways president Jeff Taylor said. "I think this is a very dated area, and the University of Rochester and Strong have been making great strides towards improving the buildings and facilities. This will just round it out and make this whole end of the city more appealing."
The entire project was paid using federal, state and local funds. About 900 construction jobs will be used and 300 permanent jobs will follow once it is complete. College Town is still on track to open by the fall of 2014.