Updated: 05/05/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 05/05/2014 5:57 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri
The development of the Port of Rochester is going to happen, but it is what the city plans to do with it that has residents upset. The mayor has decided to move forward with a plan to build a large hotel and expand the marina.
On Monday, dozens of residents came out to take a stand and get answers. They are upset about the development plan at the Port of Rochester.
Last month, Lovely Warren selected it from a developer out of Michigan. The plan calls for expanding the marina, adding retail space and a 15 story hotel. Many people feel this would change the look and feel of the lake.
Tom Mallory, Charlotte, said, “My main concern is that they don’t impede the visual effects of the old lighthouse in Charlotte, which is a national landmark.”
At the meeting Monday, the board, made up of officials close to the project, told residents they won’t block the view of the lighthouse.
Another issue is parking. Business owners feel that developing the Port of Rochester in this way drastically reduces parking.
Lee Selover, Charlotte, said, “We do have a problem with parking. What is that going to do? Is that going to uproot people around here and the way they live already? Are they going to turn a soccer field into all parking?”
Mainly, the residents want to keep the way their neighborhood feels now.
Edward Steinberg, Charlotte, said, “Charlotte has been special for a lot of people for a long time. It is a small, precious water front area for the public to use.”
The city will hold a meeting Thursday about the project. At that one, the developer will be there to answer questions.