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City selects high rise proposal for Charlotte

Rochester, N.Y. - Mayor Lovely Warren's office has confirmed the city of Rochester is moving forward with the high rise option for the Charlotte Project.

With the first phase of the marina project at the Port of Rochester in Charlotte underway, proposals were brought to the city for the 2.8 acres of land along the river.

Wednesday, 13WHAM News has learned that negotiations have begun with the developer Edgewater Resources out of Michigan.

The $73.5-million plan has 123 condominiums, 50 townhouses, a 96 room hotel/conference center/spa/restaurant, 12,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurant and commercial space along with enclosed parking.

There is some opposition to the project.

"This is just like throwing something into a beautiful community that doesn't mix," said owner of Windjammers, Lee Selover. "The buildings and high rises, who wants that down here?"

This plan was chosen over a smaller one from a local developer that was favored by area residents. 

"The community has told the city for years that they do not want high-rises on the beach," said Michael Parker, head of the Charlotte Community Association. "We were told the development was going to be five years down the road."

The next step in the project is to negotiate exclusively with the developer, then open it up for public input.

"How this project will roll out, what it looks like, what it feels like, that will develope from a dialogue that we demand the developer have with the community. We want their input," said Spencer Ash, Rochester Director of Business and Housing Development.

 
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