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Tower 280 at Midtown
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General information
Status Complete
Type Mixed use
Location 280 E Broad St, Rochester, New York
Coordinates 43°09′20″N 77°36′16″W / 43.155627°N 77.604378°W / 43.155627; -77.604378Coordinates: 43°09′20″N 77°36′16″W / 43.155627°N 77.604378°W / 43.155627; -77.604378
Completed 1962
Renovated 2014–15
Owner Buckingham Properties
Management Morgan Management
Roof 251 ft (77 m)
Technical details
Floor count 18
Lifts/elevators 8
Design and construction
Developer Buckingham Properties (2015 Renovation)

Tower280 at Midtown, formerly known as Midtown Tower, is a high-rise building in downtown Rochester, NY. It contains luxury apartments as well as a top floor penthouse with office space and retail space and a restaurant on the bottom three levels.


Midtown Tower was first constructed in 1962 as part of the now-defunct Midtown Plaza shopping center before the mall's closing and subsequent demolition. While part of Midtown Plaza it was home to a seventy eight room hotel, offices and the Top of the Plaza restaurant and nightclub which was known early on for its Jazz scene and notable performing acts such as Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn. As the mall began its decline the hotel closed in 1980 with the restaurant after a few format changes closing for good in 2000.

As Midtown Plaza was torn down to make way for the later-cancelled PAETEC Headquarters, the steel structure of Midtown Tower was saved and ultimately retrofitted with a more modern façade. The tower now houses residential units as well as retail and office space on the bottom three levels. By October 2016, the tower's residential spaces were nearly rented out with some retail space still available.

Notable Tenants

  • Bergmann Associates
  • Branca Italian Restaurant
  • Brand Networks


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