Updated: 05/08/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 05/08/2014 4:52 AM WHEC.com
By: Scott Kilbury
There was controversy in Charlotte Thursday night. Charlotte residents took a stand against the current plan to redevelop the Port of Rochester. The development of the Port of Rochester is happening, but it appears the planning phase is just underway.
The developer met with residents Thursday to assure them their concerns would be addressed. He was greeted with mixed reviews.
An agitated crowd of hundreds jammed the Robach Community Center in Charlotte, looking for answers. Mayor Lovely Warren tried to assure them she’s listening.
Edgewater Resources is a developer out of Michigan. They are tasked with creating a year round destination hotel. Making the most out of the 2.2 acres it has to work with will likely mean building a vertical structure, like the 14-story building seen in preliminary drawings.
Residents in the area have made it clear, they don’t want that.
Kevin Maloney, Charlotte resident, said, “I’ve lived here 30 years, I don’t want it.”
But the developer says the design is not set in stone. In fact, the process is just getting underway.
Greg Weycamp, Edgewater Resources, said, “It starts tonight, we're going to listen to concerns here and come back in two weeks with more.”
Regardless of the structure, business owners along the water front would like to see the year-round traffic.
Marianne, Charlotte business owner, said, “I'm encouraged, as long as it's not low income housing."
Residents had a chance to look through dozens of other designs, from comparable areas like Niagara on the Lake to Michigan. If they liked what they saw, they gave it a green sticker. If they didn’t, they gave it a red one.
In two weeks, the developer will return with the results, looking for a green light to move forward with his design.
The developers say in the coming days they'll have a website where you can see the plans and give your feedback. They will post it on their website.