Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has chosen a high rise development proposal for the Port of Rochester and it's not the one some Charlotte neighborhood residents and business owners favored.
After years of meetings and discussions, Mayor Warren says the city will begin talks with Michigan-based Edgewater Resources on its plan for a 10 or more story hotel and residential complex. It will have 120 condos, and the plan calls for converting the Ferry Terminal into retail space and low income housing. This is a $73 million project planned to go next to the new public marina under construction off the Genesee River.
Spencer Ash is the city's Director of Business and Housing Development. He says the mayor’s choice begins a period of negotiation and development to turn the proposal from concept to an actual design. The process has a built-in public comment period to incorporate neighborhood concerns.
But members of the Charlotte Community Association and the Charlotte Business Association say the talking should have come before the selection.
Mike Parker of the CCA says they’ve continuously told city hall they don’t want high rise developments near the Lake Ontario Beach. And Lee Selover of Windjammer’s Restaurant says he no longer wants to invest in Charlotte after 34 years in business. He told 13 WHAM “you can see the future down here…not good.”
Mayor Warren made her choice just two weeks after a public hearing in Charlotte that showed off concepts of the high rise plan and of a rival three-story project from a local consortium. The CCA favored the low-rise project over the high rise.
The city says the next eight months will have chances for dialog with the Charlotte community and adjustments can be made to the project. But Ash says it has to have a certain size to be profitable for the developer.