Peace Fountain

An artist’s rendering shows how the Peace Fountain might remain on Peace Plaza with a modified presentation under the latest proposed designs for Destination Medical Center’s Heart of the City subdistrict.

Construction bids for the first phase of redesign around Rochester’s Peace Plaza will be sought with an estimated $16.3 million price tag.

While plans for design were approved in June with an estimated $15 million price tag, Josh Johnsen said plans to tear up the eastern section of Peace Plaza next year makes it an ideal time to address sewer alignment under the plaza and along Second Street, east of First Avenue.

“Some of the not-so-glamorous parts are just as important,” he said of the project that also includes new art installations and amenities designed to attract a variety of activities throughout the year.

Other work will include the addition of a system to melt snow from sidewalks in the winter and a variety of changes to make the area, which extends along First Avenue, more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The council was unanimous in seeking bids for the project, which is slated to be funded with state Destination Medical Center funds.

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