A groundbreaking event was held Thursday for ongoing redevelopment of the former River Park Commons housing complex and reconstruction along Mount Hope Avenue.
The Erie Harbor Enhancement Project includes the nearly completed replacement of River Park Commons with the 131-unit Erie Harbor Apartments and improvements along Mount Hope Avenue.
The area includes Genesee Gateway Park and parts of the Genesee River Trail.
The work includes the design and construction of enhanced pedestrian access to link the adjacent neighborhood with the Genesee River waterfront, the design for implementation of improvements to the 12-acre riverfront park and promenade from the Ford Street Bridge to 151 Mount Hope Ave., and the installation of artwork.
“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,” Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards said in a statement.
Conifer Realty LLC is overseeing the Erie Harbor Apartments project, which includes 104 market-rate units and 27 affordable units. It also includes a five-story building with ground-level parking, seven townhomes and a community center.
“The construction of landscape improvements on the public easements at Erie Harbor will aesthetically tie together the Erie Harbor site,” Conifer vice president Allen Handelman said.
“It represents the culmination of an eight-year planning and design process. We are very excited to see this component commence. It will be a tremendous benefit to the residents of Erie Harbor, the South Wedge and the city.”
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