PORT OF ROCHESTER MARINA

CLIENT

CITY OF ROCHESTER

 

LOCATION

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

 

SERVICES

MARINA DESIGN, MARKET RESEARCH, ENVIRONMENTAL FEASIBILITY, ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY

Port of Rochester

The Port of Rochester Marina opened in the spring of 2016, converting acres of underutilized, impervious asphalt parking and ferry loading areas into a new active public waterfront with a new park, public promenade, and a 158-slip marina serving both seasonal and transient boaters. Excavation of the marina basin removed 98,000 cubic yards of regulated fill, and incorporated energy reduction solutions including pervious paving, bioinfiltration, sustainable kebony decking, and individual metering. The project also provided the final link to complete the seven mile public pedestrian promenade linking downtown Rochester to Lake Ontario and spur reinvestment into the former Terminal building.

 

The original master plan vision for a marina in this location was proposed in 1965, and over five decades, a number of subsequent master plans proposed the construction of the marina as a key public amenity for the neighborhood. The key to building broad public support and moving forward with the marina in 2012 was the completion of a marina market analysis that showed strong demand, identified accurate slip sizing and mix, and an understanding of the potential impact of a new public marina on nearby private facilities. The analysis identified a demand for larger slips (60’-80’) than currently offered in the local market. In its first year of operation, the marina was 56% occupied at slip leasing rates more than 20% higher than those initially recommended in the study.

 

Funding and implementation of the project required a combination of local funds, bond funding, grants, and public private partnerships that will help revitalize the local economy. Labella and Edgewater Resources worked together to complete this project, with each firm undertaking separate portions of the scope. Generally speaking, Edgewater was responsible for marine and landscape design while LaBella undertook the landside infrastructure design and SEQR aspects of the project.

Port of Rochester

The Port of Rochester Marina opened in the spring of 2016, converting acres of underutilized, impervious asphalt parking and ferry loading areas into a new active public waterfront with a new park, public promenade, and a 158-slip marina serving both seasonal and transient boaters. Excavation of the marina basin removed 98,000 cubic yards of regulated fill, and incorporated energy reduction solutions including pervious paving, bioinfiltration, sustainable kebony decking, and individual metering. The project also provided the final link to complete the seven mile public pedestrian promenade linking downtown Rochester to Lake Ontario and spur reinvestment into the former Terminal building.

 

The original master plan vision for a marina in this location was proposed in 1965, and over five decades, a number of subsequent master plans proposed the construction of the marina as a key public amenity for the neighborhood. The key to building broad public support and moving forward with the marina in 2012 was the completion of a marina market analysis that showed strong demand, identified accurate slip sizing and mix, and an understanding of the potential impact of a new public marina on nearby private facilities. The analysis identified a demand for larger slips (60’-80’) than currently offered in the local market. In its first year of operation, the marina was 56% occupied at slip leasing rates more than 20% higher than those initially recommended in the study.

 

Funding and implementation of the project required a combination of local funds, bond funding, grants, and public private partnerships that will help revitalize the local economy. Labella and Edgewater Resources worked together to complete this project, with each firm undertaking separate portions of the scope. Generally speaking, Edgewater was responsible for marine and landscape design while LaBella undertook the landside infrastructure design and SEQR aspects of the project.

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