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Links of the Day:

– City Council will vote on a major rezoning of the Port of Rochester this month. Legislation calls for a Marina District. It sets out a plan for development, complete with design standards for buildings and public squares.

The city plans to build a marina and sell public land for development of housing and retail. Meantime, SUNY Brockport may build a Lake Ontario Research Center near or inside the Terminal building. There will be promenades and trail links.

The zoning plan is the next step in the massive transformation of the port. It’s going to dramatically alter the waterfront.

Zoning plan (PDF document, included in legislation packet)

City Website for Port Redevelopment

– A Democrat and Chronicle columnist calls Jim Alesi “kind of a sleaze,” but thanks him for letting his mom marry.

– Golf courses are struggling because young people aren’t taking up the sport. And it’s rather expensive.

– A Long Island husband and wife, who are estranged, are running against each other for a state assembly seat.

Banks are wooing HSBC customers.

America’s favorite pastime has become mommy-bashing. 

2 Responses to Port Development Surges Ahead

  1. I see a collection of “superblocks.” Didn’t Rochester folks just spend multi-millions (of State money) to demolish a superblock downtown? Superblocks do not a village — or a community — make.

    Also, I see a rail line sort of almost off the edge of the rendering. A rail line that links the port directly to downtown. Yet no station is shown. I had a conversation several years ago with the port manager about the rail line, which at the time he saw as something that was in the way, rather than an opportunity. Yet at the original round of public meetings about the City’s harbor planning, there was an overwhelming amount of interest — including among Charlotte residents — for smart use of the rail line as a downtown link. Couldn’t the City even give lip service to a progressive opportunity such as rail transit (even if it’s just excursion rail, with a trail alongside, initially) — say by showing it as a possible future enhancement–? Is that too much to ask–?

    I also see a break in continuity for the riverside trail, with the new marina inlet cut next to the Port of Rochester facilities. Nothing against a marina, but why not put a lifting pedestrian bridge across the inlet — perhaps with sloped approaches so that the bridge is already at a height where many boats can get under without lifting the bridge–? Because of the port officials and security officials in the building next door, the bridge could be remote-controlled & camera-monitored from there. Or, so that the boaters feel they have more control, it could be under control of marina managers. Off-hours it could be left lifted, and riverside trail users could go around.

    Shorter version: based on this rendering, this plan sucks in every way I look at it. And to top it off, there’s not a thing about it that suggests that it’s located on a historic river, in a historic port community, in a historic city.

  2. It is awesome to see this moving forward. Baltimore had this figured out about 25 years ago… So we may be a little slow here in Rochester, but we’re catching on…. We can discuss and debate the finer points, but the fact that we have not made our port into a strong asset for the city is a collective failure. If the “discussion” goes so far that nothing gets done – that is called failure.

    So glad to see the city pushing this forward.

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