Fencing in front of the Sibley Building on Main Street is a sign of change for the historic building's facade.
The new owners are already working inside, overhauling the iconic building's 22 elevators and ten escalators and bringing in new tenants.
WinnDevelopment Vice President Joe Eddy says the work now getting started will restore the facade to the look it had a hundred years ago. New windows will go in, plus awnings and flags similar to those on the building a century ago. Decades of grime will be power-washed and the original bronze-gold color of the window trim will be restored.
WinnDevelopment plans to invest 200-million-dollars over the next ten years on the iconic Rochester building. They've already spent several million upgrading mechanical systems in the sprawling building, including the 22 elevators and ten escalators.
A daycare center opens in the building next month, and next year they'll start work on converting the upper floors into a mix of affordable and high-end housing units.
The lobby will also get an historic makeover, and that includes restoration of the famous clock where generations used to meet downtown.