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Construction on port project to begin soon

Charlotte, N.Y.- Construction is expected to begin soon on a nearly 50-year-old proposal to build a marina at the mouth of the Genesee River.

Rochesters mayor said the project at the Port of Rochester has passed a series of critical milestones and the city is now seeking a firm to begin construction this fall. The city is also seeking proposals from developers interested in building a harbor-side neighborhood.

"The Genesee River Plan of 1965, under Mayor Frank T. Lamb, called for the construction of a marina and private developments that would secure Charlotte's rightful place as one of Lake Ontario's premier waterfront destinations," said Mayor Tom Richards. "It was a good idea then, and it is an even better idea now. Today, I am humbled and honored to say this idea is finally coming to fruition."

The city began advertising for bids on the marina project Monday. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015.

The first phase of the project calls for constructing a deep-draft marina basin that can accommodate 85 slips immediately south and west of the Port of Rochester Ferry Terminal with a river opening near the current site of the city boat launch. The basin will be surrounded by a park and public promenade that will connect the Genesee Riverway Trail to the Charlotte Pier.

North River Street will be extended to the south to provide an additional north-south access point into the Port from Latta Road, complete with sidewalks, lighting and on-street parking. In later phases of the project, a portion of the Port of Rochester Ferry Terminal will be renovated into a boater-service facility for boaters. The marina design includes plans for future expansion of the basin to accommodate up to 157 slips.

The total marina project is estimated to cost $20 million.

It will be paid for with proceeds from the sale of the Hemlock and Canadice Lakes watershed to the State, Federal and State grants and the City's Capital Improvement Program.

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