This will be the last summer you can enjoy Ontario Beach Park the way it is now. Construction on a marina at the Port of Rochester will start this fall, permanently altering the character of the area.
The mayor submitted legislation to City Council calling for final design work and the abandonment of N. River St. between Portside and Corrigan. The marina will be built over part of the road. The “Link” part of the terminal will be used for boating services.
The cost of the marina is $19.8 million. The city hopes it spurs development on surrounding land. A master plan calls for 400 residential units and retail. The project would mean the loss of nearly 500 parking spots. The 700 remaining spots are sufficient, the city found, except on busy summer weekends and special events.
The expanse of parking lots is not the best use of waterfront property. The city has an opportunity to generate tax dollars and build up the port, creating more of a destination. But there are no guarantees and the project remains very controversial among Charlotte residents.
Links of the Day:
– Rochester area police are using license plate scanners. Some can scan 2,000 plates a minute, raising issues of privacy and police use of data.
– Federal budget cuts hit the University of Rochester “like a bludgeon.”
– Check out these stunning pictures of the New York State Capitol Building.
– Looks like the Senate and Assembly will delay casino expansion approval.
– As cities chase casino revenue, it’s worth noting Las Vegas hasn’t been about casinos since 1999.