A local architect has a vision for reusing Rochester's abandoned subway, or at least the part that still exists beneath the Broad Street Bridge, beneath the pavement on the bridge's lower level where the subway cars once ran (and before the subway, the Erie Canal).
Rochester architect Lewis Childs calls it the "Broad Street Underground." He looks at the abandoned, trash-strewn subway bed and its graffiti-covered arches, and he sees a 400-foot-long by 60 foot commercial space linking the Convention Center and the Blue Cross-War Memorial Arena.
Childs would fill that space with restaurants, recreation activities and shops lining the south wall of the tunnel from one end to the other. The north side would hold a two-tiered pedestrian walkway allowing an open view down into the space while maintaining auto traffic along Broad Street above it all. This concept is similar to the Atlanta Underground.
A steering committee of people interested in the Broad Street Underground concept meets Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 at the Phyllis Wheatly Library on Dr. Samuel McCree Way in Rochester.
There's another new proposal for reuse of the subway bed space. We'll tell you about that later this week.