Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking of the Port of Rochester Marina project, a Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) priority project that is expected to create 300 jobs. The $20 million project includes the construction of a new marina on the Genesee River in the City of Rochester, which will enhance public waterfront recreational facilities and encourage and support further private development.
This project will transform an under-developed public waterfront into a brand new marina, reinforcing Rochesters reputation as a first class Great Lakes destination and creating hundreds of jobs, Governor Cuomo said. Todays groundbreaking shows how the Regional Council Initiative is prioritizing and supporting local assets with the potential to create jobs and spur economic development in their communities. I am pleased to see this collaborative project coming together and look forward to the opportunities that will result from its development and completion.
The five-acre marina project is supported by $4 million in incentives from New York State and will be a catalyst for development by creating a new stretch of waterfront property and increasing the value of currently vacant public land which is otherwise not generating tax revenue. In addition to the 300 permanent jobs that are expected to result at from the marinas redevelopment, the project will create 2,500 construction jobs. The Pike Company serves as general contractor for the project, and construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.
Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards said, I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for the tremendous support his Administration has provided the Port of Rochester Marina Project. This Project will help us establish a new waterfront destination at the confluence of the Genesee River and Lake Ontario, benefitting Rochester and all of western New York. Our citizens are fortunate to have a Governor who recognizes the value of this Project and is so deeply committed to improving the Upstate economy.
As part of the redevelopment project, The Pike Company will construct 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 public promenade that will connect the Genesee Riverway Trail to the Charlotte Pier. Project elements include realignment of a public right-of-way, installation of new utilities and relocation of existing utilities, reconstruction of a portion of the Genesee River wall, and the installation of docks and associated amenities. The marina design includes plans for future expansion of the basin to accommodate up to 157 slips.
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has identified the Port of Rochester Marina project as a priority project and consistent with its strategic goals, including community development, said Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, University at Rochester President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Market CEO Danny Wegman. This project enhances the recreational nature of the Port and creates exciting new opportunities for residential, commercial and retail space, which will ultimately stimulate economic development in the region.
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, The Marina project will transform the Port of Rochester into the waterfront destination weve always believed it could be. I applaud the City and State for working together to finally realize the vast potential of the Port to revitalize the Charlotte neighborhood and generate economic activity for years to come.
Senator Joseph Robach said, Ive been pleased to work with the Mayor, Charlotte neighborhood organizations and the residents of Charlotte to make improvements and add housing opportunities to the Charlotte community. As a native of Charlotte, I know firsthand what a great neighborhood it is, and all the beauty and riches the Genesee River and Lake Ontario provide for residents and visitors alike.
New York State provided assistance including:
- Four grant awards through the Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF LWRP) totaling $2,980,545 from the New York State Department of State for planning and construction of the Port of Rochester marina, including one $745,545 grant awarded through Governor Cuomos Regional Council initiative.
- A $1 million grant from the New York State Department of Transportation for improvements to the road network that provides access to Ontario Beach Park, the Genesee River and the terminal facilities at the Port of Rochester.
- A $198,000 grant from New York States Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP) which will be used to install porous pavers in parking areas near the Terminal Building, including the drop-off zone at the front door. Administered by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., GIGP grants reduce water pollution by reducing storm water runoff through innovative, eco-friendly projects. At the Port of Rochester, 50,000 square feet of drainage area will be improved with 12,000 square feet of porous pavers.
- New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) is implementing the $1.45 million U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boating Infrastructure Grant for the marina.
Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales said, The Department of State is proud to join the City of Rochester in this important and monumental groundbreaking. Through our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, the Department has been a strong supporter of the City of Rochesters Port Redevelopment by facilitating numerous grants for the planning and development of the Port, including the construction of the Marina and Promenade. The Port of Rochester is a fine example of well-allocated state resources for projects that transform public spaces into economic development engines.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said, Thanks to Governor Cuomos leadership, New York State is making targeted investments to improve transportation across the state, supporting economic development, creating jobs and enhancing safety and mobility. I want to thank the governor for his leadership in making our upstate freight network a priority for all modes rail, ports and trucking.
Environmental Facilities Corporation President and CEO Matthew J. Driscoll said, Through GIGP and other state funding opportunities, New York has the potential to become a national leader in environmentally-friendly innovation. Sustainable green projects not only enhance commercial development in New York State, they also create jobs by training workers and contractors in these new green practices.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, An exciting and accessible waterfront can truly invigorate a community. I applaud Governor Cuomo and all of the partners working together to provide this tremendous new recreational resource for the city of Rochester.