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Charlotte residents received a letter recently from Mayor Lovely Warren accusing their newly-elected City Council member, Jose Peo, of lying to them about the process to develop the Port of Rochester and suggesting he wanted to steer the project to a preferred developer.

The City of Rochester has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop a 2.8 acre site at the Port of Rochester. The RFP comes more than two years after a controversial plan to build a hotel and condominiums at the site faced major pushback from some residents. That plan fell through because the developer, Edgewater Resources, missed a deadline to provide the city with a detailed financial plan.

Last year, nearly 100 community members gathered at a charrette to brainstorm their priorities and goals for the area. The vision plan that resulted from that process is now included in the new RFP.

This hour, our guests discuss what they think will help make the Port a year round destination. In studio:

  • Molly Clifford, member of Rochester City Council
  • David Riley, planner and research associate at the Center for Governmental Research
  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester

The City of Rochester is looking for someone to help develop property near the Port of Rochester marina.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the city has issued a Request for Proposals for a nearly three-acre parcel of land along the waterfront on Lake Avenue.

She says that site is primed for redevelopment  with the completion of $27 million in public improvement projects, which include a new 84-slip marina and riverfront promenade.

Warren says the city and its partners in the Charlotte community are working to transform that part of the city into a year round destination.

The development of the Port of Rochester has been the subject of hot debate for more than 20 years – think Fast Ferry and the unsuccessful 2016 proposal for mixed-use housing and retail development. After a number of controversial attempts at revitalizing the area, the City of Rochester is back to the drawing board, and it’s seeking community input.

We talk about an upcoming event aimed at generating ideas to improve the port and surrounding areas, build up transportation near the waterfront, create year-round activities near the beach, and more. Our guests:

  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester
  • Molly Clifford, member of Rochester City Council
  • Sue Roethel, chair of the Charlotte Charrette Day Steering Committee
  • Mike May, member of the Charlotte Charrette Day History Committee

What's going on at the Port of Rochester?

The city is scraping a proposed plan to build a hotel, shops, and condominiums at the Port in Charlotte. Mayor Lovely Warren's office says the developer, Edgewater Resources, failed to submit detailed project financing for the project, and instead asked for a nine month extension. Mayor Warren says the city will seek other development partners.

We talk about the decision and what could be next for the Port. Our guests:

  • Marianne Warfle, president of the Port of Charlotte Merchants Association, and general manager of the Port of Rochester Marina         
  • William Brown, systems analyst for TSM Solutions and member of Charlotte Strong

We take a fresh look at the plans for developing the Port of Rochester. Rochester city leaders say plans are moving forward, and ground could be broken next spring. The city is expecting a new hotel, condominiums, and more. Critics say there are numerous reasons to oppose the project, and they'll outline their concerns at a meeting on Thursday. But business owners in the area say that the plans could spark new life to a dormant area. Our panel debates:

  • Kate Washington, City of Rochester deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development
  • Bill Brown, president of TMS Solutions
  • Ed Steinberg, city resident