Primary results are a positive sign for Parcel 5 performing arts center

September 13, 2017 07:12 PM

Arnie Rothschild, the chair of the Rochester Broadway Theater League, says the proposed performing arts center at Parcel 5 is in a better position now than it was before the primary election.

That's for two reasons: First, the mayor's big win Tuesday night.

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"The second thing is the new composition of city council in my view is going to be looking really hard at what the mayor's priorities are," says Arnie Rothschild, Rochester Broadway Theater League.

Three new people won the Rochester City Council primary race. We asked them where they stand on Parcel 5. Malik Evans, former Rochester school board president, said he has to wait to see what the money and the mayor's proposal look like. Willie Lightfoot, the former county legislator, said no comment.

Berkeley Brean: "Congratulations."

Mitch Gruber, Democratic primary winner: "Thank you."

Mitch Gruber was the third new person who made the cut on primary night.

Brean: "Where do you stand on Parcel 5?"

Gruber: "It's not the reason why I got into this race."

Gruber told us he ran to develop neighborhoods, not downtown. "I'm a pragmatic person," he says. "You're not going to box me into a corner to tell you how I feel about it because I need to see a proposal and I need to see if a proposal even comes up before January."

Gruber is 31-years-old just got his PhD in history from the U of R and works at Foodlink.

"I've really been thinking critically about how we build healthier neighborhoods and a healthier city and that's the work I want to do on council," said Gruber.

But the city council's job is going to include Parcel 5 and the performing arts center.

Brean: "Why would it be important to them?"

Rothschild: "Well because it's not just a performing arts center. It's an economic engine. This is going to create a ton of jobs."

The price tag for the performing arts center is $85 million. Rothschild says they're at $65 million and that includes the $25 million commitment from Paychex founder Tom Golisano earlier this year.


Berkeley Brean

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