Development Chosen for Port of Rochester

- The city has chosen which development will go at the Port of Rochester, and it's not what some people who live and work in Charlotte had hoped for.

The city chose a major tourist project that includes a high rise.

The $77 million dollar project, called Waterfront Rochester, calls for 120 condos, 50 townhouses, and a 96-room, four-star hotel. It will include high-end and affordable living spaces.

The project is larger in scale than a proposal by CEA International, which has made some business owners and residents unhappy.

"We have requested a community meeting for the past month," Charlotte business owner Lee Selover said, "not just pockets of meetings - a community neighborhood meeting where we could go out and tell people what is happening. We have not received it, then all of a sudden we hear about this decision today."

But developers say the process is just now beginning, and that there will be plenty of time for community input.

"We understand they are disappointed about how the process has been up to date," Spencer Ash, Director of Housing and Business Development for the City of Rochester said. "What we are making sure they can do over an 8-month period is to come together as a community to see the vision of Edgewater and what local partners have for the project to articulate what their concerns are."

The city plans to hold public meetings in the coming months to discuss the project and make changes to it.

The developer says this project should create up to 1,000 jobs.

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