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Marina project underway

by Evan White

Rochester, N.Y. -- It is a project some 50 years in the making, and appears to have come to fruition. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the city's Port of Rochester marina project was held Thursday.

The new marina will be built at the mouth of the Genesee River on Lake Ontario. Within the coming weeks, excavation and construction is expected to begin for the $16.5 million development, according to city and neighborhood leaders. A marina will be carved into the port area complete with 85 boat slips, and a public promenade.

"I like the idea and I'm a boater," said Joe Coppola of Charlotte, "there's never enough spots in Rochester."

The modern plan is based on one first presented in 1965.

"It has definitely been a long time coming," said Brian Labigan, board member of the Charlotte Community Association.

"With the marina comes people from out of town, obviously, transient boaters, the opportunity for some people to live at the port.

The city has yet to name a developer to mold three city owned acres that fall within the marina district. That is expected later in the year, according to city planners.

Most parking spots, an area of concern among residents, will be preserved, according to Paul Holahan, Commissioner of Environmental Services.


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