Rochester, N.Y.- A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the Erie Harbor Enhancement Project on Mount Hope Avenue.
It includes both the private redevelopment of the former River Park Commons housing site and the reconstruction of Mt. Hope.
The project is collaborative between the City, Conifer Realty and private equity investor M&T Bank.
It includes the design and construction of enhanced pedestrian access to link the adjacent neighborhood with the waterfront; the design for future implementation of coordinated improvements to Genesee Gateway Park, a 12-acre riverfront park and promenade extending from the Ford Street Bridge to 151 Mt. Hope Avenue.; and the installation of artwork from a public art competition.
In a statement Thursday, Mayor Tom Richards said, "The beautification of the waterfront park and river trail at this location greatly improves the views and access to the Genesee River for all city residents, especially those who live in the South Wedge Neighborhood. We are fortunate to have such a beautiful river flowing through our city."
The Erie Harbor Apartments replaced the River Park Commons buildings with 131 residential units consisting of 27 affordable units and 104 market rate units.
Construction is almost complete and most of the units have been leased.