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Feb 15, 2016 5:28 PM

High prices have Rochester officials struggling to fill vacant downtown buildings


ROCHESTER - City officials are having a hard time filling the large empty buildings on downtown North Main Street in Rochester.

Main Street Executive Director Michael Provost told Fosters.com that some of the vacant buildings have sat empty for years and are badly in need of a renovation.

In 2009, 73 percent of ground-floor downtown retail space was occupied by businesses, according to the paper. Today, the occupancy rate is closer to 84 percent.

High price tags have been placed on some of these vacant buildings and as a result officials are struggling with getting investors interested in the properties.

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