ROCHESTER, NY—The city of Rochester lost one of its leadingbusinessmen and visionaries committed to redeveloping this upstatecity's downtown.

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Larry Glazer, CEO of locally-basedBuckingham Properties and his wifeJane, were killed when a plane the developer waspiloting crashed in Jamaica on Friday after the aircraft becameunresponsive over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Glazer was nicknamed the “Patron Saint” of Rochester for hisextensive downtown Rochester holdings. Buckingham Properties owns,co-owns, or manages nearly 13 million square feet of real estatespace, including the Midtown Tower, Xerox Square, and the Bauschand Lomb building in downtown Rochester, according to The RealDeal.

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Glazer had big plans to improve downtown Rochester and hadproposed a project called “The Grove,” that was to feature retailspace, a movie theater, and perhaps a hotel.

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In a previously published report in City Newspaper,Glazer said, “My vision starts with the idea that downtown can comeback and it will be vibrant. It will be different than it was. ButI've spent the last few years traveling around this country lookingat downtowns, and I see what they've done. And I'm telling you thatthere's no reason why Rochester can't do it, too.” See story inThe Real Deal.

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John Jordan

John Jordan is a veteran journalist with 36 years of print and digital media experience.