Updated: September 21, 2020 09:02 PM
Created: September 21, 2020 04:49 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The tallest building in our city, the former Xerox Tower, was purchased Monday afternoon by one of the most successful developers in Rochester.
Andy Gallina signed the papers to buy Xerox Tower Monday afternoon.
It is 30 stories and through 1969, it was the world headquarters for Xerox. Xerox still occupied the building until very recently.
The building is mostly empty. Gallina says there's one tenant inside working on two floors, the fourteenth and fifteenth floors.
I asked Gallina what it was like when he closed the deal.
Gallina: "We're a little nervous but we're excited about it."
Brean: "What are you nervous about?"
Gallina: "Well, it's a big project. Just a big complex project."
Brean: "When did you close?"
Gallina: "This afternoon."
Brean: "Really, you signed the papers this afternoon."
Gallina: "That's correct."
Brean: "And when you put pen to paper you were thinking what?"
Gallina: "Another big exciting challenge and opportunity."
Brean: "What does the building look like on the inside?"
Gallina: "It's a tired office building. But it's time for a redevelopment plan."
Brean: "So what's the plan?"
Gallina: "The plan will be revealed to the community very soon. We have an extensive redevelopment plan that we've been working on for quite some time, pre-COVID."
Brean: "Is it a place where people will be able to work and live?"
The former Xerox Tower is the third tallest building in Upstate New York.
I asked Gallina what the view is like from the 30th floor.
"Pretty spectacular. Much like the top of the Metropolitan you see the lake. You don't just see the lake you see into the lake. You see a long way," he said.
Gallina now owns the former Xerox Tower, The Metropolitan which is the former Chase Building, the D&C building on Main Street and One East Avenue, the 11 story building on stilts near the Liberty Pole.
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy released the following statement on the sale:
“The Xerox Tower is among Rochester’s most iconic buildings, and has been one of our city’s greatest opportunities since becoming vacant in 2018. There is no doubt that Gallina's acquisition of this property will be the start of a new chapter for this outstanding space, and I have every confidence that Andy’s leadership will breathe new life into our downtown. Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce thanks Gallina for their continued investment in our region, and stands ready to assist as they embark on this exciting project."
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