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Marina may miss a season 

A hiccup with the developer will likely set the marina project at the Port of Rochester back a season, says Mark Gregor, manager of the Environmental Quality Division for the City of Rochester. About half of the marina basin has been excavated, he says.

The city and The Pike Company mutually agreed to close out Pike's contract to construct the marina. Gregor says that there was disagreement about how to approach the project.

The result is that the marina probably won't open until the 2016 boating season, he says. Originally, the hope was to have it open for at least part of the 2015 season, Gregor says.

"But a lot of that depended on construction progress and weather," he says.

The overall goal of opening the marina ahead of the hotel and residential units that make up the private development at the port is still intact. Phase 1, which includes the 52-room hotel and 18 condominiums, is supposed to be completed in the spring or summer of 2018.

The city is still working out how much it's going to pay Pike for the marina work it has done; the original contract was for $12.6 million. The city is currently seeking a second developer to finish up the marina, Gregor says, and that contract could be about $7 million to $8 million.

"When we combine the remaining basin work with the dock system installation, that'll still be a fairly sizable contract," he says.

The bids to finish-up the 85-slip marina are due by January 20, Gregor says.

There will be a third contract, he says, to turn a portion of the terminal building into a boater services facility for people who rent slips at the marina. That will include showers, restrooms, lounge area, and other amenities, Gregor says.

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