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City Breaks Ground On Marina Project

Rochester's Charlotte neighborhood is getting a new look.
Developers say Charlotte Beach will no longer be known at the beach with a big empty parking lot. The marina will create up to 2,500 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs. 

Brian McKenzie owns McNeill's Public House in Charlotte. He says the new marina means big business. 

"I think it will be great for all businesses around here. It's going to increase traffic and ultimately increase the amount of people that see our business and visit our business," he said.

The project features a new marina, roadways and access to the Genesee Riverway Trail- a public promenade that will be built around the marina. Developers hope the modern port becomes a major waterfront destination on Lake Ontario. The first phase of the work includes the construction of a deep-draft marina basin that can hold up to 85 boat slips. Officials say this project has been a long time coming. Plans to build a marina date back to 1965 when Frank Lamb was the mayor.

"We have had a couple of false starts down here and they have gone on for some time. This isn't a false start. We have spent a lot of time figuring out what would work here, what would be the kind of investment that the city can make in this place to make Charlotte stronger and we believe this is it," Mayor Tom Richards said.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank the community for completely embracing, for keeping us to task, for giving us input and helping us fashion what I think is going to be one of the most beautiful destination spots in New York State," Councilwoman Carla Palumbo said. 

"There is only one way in and one way out through here, so they got to drive by our place and hopefully they will find our place attractive enough to stop in," McKenzie said.

Developers hope the marina district will eventually bring in housing and retail space. The project is estimated to cost $20 million. Construction should be finished by the spring of 2015. 
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