Historic Aqueduct Building in Rochester is up for sale

Jun 18, 2019
Originally published on June 18, 2019 1:34 pm

An historic downtown Rochester building is for sale. Depending on who buys it, the building on East Broad Street could see some new uses.

It’s the Aqueduct Building….if that name doesn’t ring a bell right away, Angelo Nole, Managing Director of the commercial real estate firm CBRE says you will probably know it by the statue of Mercury, from Roman mythology, perched on top of the 7-story building.

“It is a very identifiable building, yes, people will recognize it maybe as the Aqueduct Building, but they will recognize the statue and being right on the river; if you just say to someone, ‘It’s the beautiful brick building right on the river, across from the Blue Cross Arena,’  everyone says, ‘oh yes, I recognize that now.’” Nole said.

The building dates back to around 1880, and it had been occupied by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing and then Thomson Reuters for many years; Thomson announced last year that it would be cutting hundreds of jobs in Rochester.

The building is listed at $6.9 million, and Nole says it’s in very good shape.

He says whoever buys it might even consider using it for residential purposes as well, with its views of the Genesee River and the fact that it is centered in the area that will be part of the ROC the Riverway program, which involves a number of projects that will be rolled out in the coming years.