College Town



Upper Mount Hope, adjacent to URMC
North - Elmwood Avenue
South - Crittenden Boulevard
East - Mount Hope Avenue
West - East Drive

College Town is a mixed-use development/sub-neighborhood in Upper Mount Hope. It was built by the University of Rochester, [WWW]Fairmount Properties, and [WWW]Gilbane Development Co and designed to serve as a gateway to the UR Medical Center and River Campus.

College Town is anchored by the University of Rochester Official Bookstore. The other tenants are:

College Town's residential portion (over 154,000 square feet) is called the Mt. Hope Lofts. Construction also included a new street called Celebration Drive that connects Mount Hope with East Drive.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place May 2, 2013. College Town was officially dedicated on October 17, 2014. Grand opening was April 24-25, 2015.

In December 2015 plans for nearby student housing called the Gold Street Lofts on Mt. Hope were announced.

There was also a grocery store called Constantino's Market, but it closed after less than a year.

Zagster has a station there.


College Town hosts numerous events throughout the year. Summer 2015 witnessed Wednesday Music Lunch, Friday Concerts, and the Summer Outdoor Movie Series. Special events in the past have included Fairy House Building Day and a Sidewalk Sale and Live Music.



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2013-11-05 11:51:34   RIT called their project College Town too. —Damiankumor

2013-11-05 12:51:04   Its official name is Park Point at RIT. —EileenF

2015-01-31 14:54:53   A known character on Reddit had [WWW]this to say about College Town. I thought it was hilarious. (strong language) —EileenF

2015-10-24 18:35:35   From the latest issue of The Wedge, in a review for The Soup Spoon (which is actually across the street from College Town):

Ouch. He did like the Soup Spoon, though. —EileenF

2024-07-03 11:42:20   What existed before College Town? —chris.schwartz

2024-07-03 16:13:10   Before this was college town, most of the real estate was a Wegmans store and parking lot. On the corner of Elmwood and Mt Hope there was a motel which then became UR/Med center office space, and at the corner of Crittenden and Mt Hope there was a gas station. —DottieHoffmann