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Proposals for Port of Rochester

Charlotte, N.Y. - With the first phase of the marina project at the Port of Rochester in Charlotte underway, proposals for the 2.8 acres of land along the river have been brought to the city and are now being reviewed.

The first proposal was sumbited by Edgewater Resources out of Michigan, and Edgemere Development, Inc., out of Rochester. 

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.

The second proposal comes from two developers out of Rochester, CEA International and Morgan Management. 

The $36,600,000 proposal includes 200 residential units with a mix of rental and for-sale space, 6,800 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, 200 enclosed parking spaces and 62 surface parking spaces.

"They're drastically different," said Hose 22 owner Craig Ristuccia when asked about the proposals. "Quite frankly the one proposal [Edgewater/Edgemere] is too grandiose."

In a letter from Mayor Lovely Warren to the Port of Charlotte Merchants Association and Charlotte Community Association the mayor wrote, "The City has reviews both proposals in detail and interviewed each development team. Senior City staff members involved in the evaluation process are recommending the Edgewater/Edgemere Team as the preferred developer."

"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?"

Mike Partner, President of the Charlotte Community Association, hopes as the project continues the city will listen to what the public wants.

"The city says you know they can still be changed, or things can be added depending on the public's input and that's what we want to do," said Parker, "to make sure we get as many people out there to the meeting, whenever it's going to be, so they can voice their opinions."

The Charlotte Community Association and Port of Charlotte Merchants Association are hoping to hold a public meeting about the proposals next week.

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