CONTACT:Kal Wysokowski, Executive Director

Canal Redevelopment Project will extend public waterfront access in Fairport (Fairport, N. Y. – December 5, 2012) The Fairport Office of Community + Economic Development(OCED) is pleased to announce that construction work for a public promenade on the south sideof the Erie Canal to the east of Parker Street bridge has begun. The project will extend publicaccess to the Erie Canal and includes new boat docks, a pocket park, landscaping, new lightingand other site amenities that will benefit residents, boaters and visitors alike. The publicpromenade is expected to be completed by May 2013, just in time for the start of the canalboating season.

In 2007, the Fairport Industrial Development Agency (IDA) purchased the former Department ofPublic Works (DPW) parcel and has since transformed it into a shovel-ready redevelopment site.The Fairport IDA was able to secure a $158,000 Restore NY grant from the Empire StateDevelopment Corporation (ESDC) for demolition and asbestos removal as well as a $584,000 matching grant from the New York State Department of State (DOS). These funds will beleveraged by substantial Fairport IDA investment. The roughly $1.5M project costs include initial building demolition and soil remediation as well as canal breakwall construction and a public promenade.

Pooler Enterprises was awarded the construction contract. The New York State CanalCorporation, BME Associates, Foundation Design, Jensen Engineers and LaBella Associatesround out the core project team. At the same time, the Fairport IDA anticipates to attract privateinvestment for a complementing residential component on this prime 2-acre waterfront site.

“This is another successful example of the Village of Fairport providing public improvements tospur private investment,” says H. Kevin Clark, Deputy Mayor and Vice-Chair of the IDA Board ofDirectors. “This project will expand and enhance our much-treasured canal corridor.”