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Port of Rochester – Marina Project

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About the Project

The Port of Rochester Marina development project enhances the recreational nature of the Port and creates exciting opportunities new residential, commercial and retail space. The marina project will strengthen the Port of Rochester’s reputation as a Great Lakes destination with

  • deep-draft docking facilities
  • restaurant development
  • retail development
  • visits by Great Lakes cruise ships
  • the Port’s existing attractions and events

View the Port of Rochester Mixed Use Development Qualification Statements. 

News Release - Aug. 7, 2013: Rochester Marina Developments Hit Critical Milestones 

Groundbreaking

Federal, state, city and neighborhood leaders broke ground at a ceremony in November 2013 to mark the start of construction.

News Release - Nov. 14, 2013: Mayor Richards Celebrates Kickoff of Marina Project 

Boating and Infrastructure

The contract of 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. 

Funding has been secured in the 2014 fiscal year for a full dredging of the Port of Rochester by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

News Release - March 4, 2014: Mayor Warren Announces Funding for Rochester Area Waterfronts 

Private Development

The City issued a Request for Qualifications seeking development proposals to convert vacant public lands between North River Street and Lake Avenue into a mix of commercial and residential properties in the City’s new Marina District. Results of the RFQ process are to be announced.

View the Port of Rochester Mixed Use Development Qualification Statements. 


Project Beginnings

In 2008, the City retained a marina design consultant team to perform a marina market analysis and an engineering and feasibility study that considered a new marina and surrounding marina waterfront development. The development goals for the project included the following:

  • Preserve and enhance the village character of Charlotte.   
  • Create a family-oriented, four-season development.   
  • Improve access into and out of the Port area.  
  • Enhance economic development and business activity within the harbor-front village.  
  • Improve the walkability and pedestrian safety of the area.  
  • Protect and enhance the environmental, historic and cultural resources of the area.   
  • Maintain and enhance the visual and physical access to the water.   
  • Develop a mixed-use project balancing public uses with private development that expands the tax base.  

Environmental Review Documents

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 

The City, as lead agency, prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the marina project. The associated documents are listed here for your review. Comments were accepted through the web and mail through November 18, 2011 at 5 p.m. 

Date Issued  Document 
May 22, 2012  
March 2, 2012     
Oct. 7, 2011  
June 10, 2010
  • Final Scope (Site Specific/Generic SEQR Environmental Impact Statement 
    & NEPA Environmental Assessment)
 
May 3, 2010  

Public Hearing

In addition to submitting comments through the web and via mail, the City also accepted comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement at a public hearing. Attendees were able to view project display boards and City staff and project consultants were available to answer questions.

Past Public Meeting Documents

  • April 15, 2010: This neighborhood meeting was convened to discuss the creation of a Monroe County Parks Labor Center and Charlotte Youth Athletic Association Concessions Shared Facility. It gathered immediate neighbors in the area and reviewed the concept for a shared facility for Monroe County Parks (MCP) and the Charlotte Youth Athletic Association (CYAA). The new building would allow MCP employees an operational base for personnel and vehicle/equipment storage, while also providing the CYAA with a concessions facility, community meeting space, and storage.  
  • April 29, 2010 

Planning Phase

Final Design Phase

Contact the Project Manager

For more information, please contact Mr. Mark Gregor, Manager of Port Redevelopment, at (585) 428-5978.


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