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ROC the Riverway looking for a few good ideas

Apr 9, 2018

The advisory board for the ROC the Riverway initiative is reaching out to the public to submit their ideas and comments on the multi-million dollar project.

The twelve member advisory board for the initiative is reviewing nearly 30 projects before a plan is delivered in late May.

Clement Chung, former president of the ROC City Coalition, is on the advisory board.

Credit cityofrochester.gov

He says the Genesee River is a great natural resource and it offers an opportunity to engage everyone in the community.

"Being a place for people to congregate, people to enjoy as far as recreational aspects of it.  As well as being a focal point for some of the economic development activity that is going on," he said.

In January, the state announced a $50 million dollar investment in the initiative, and Chung says in addition to 28 projects that have been publicized, the board is looking for more ideas from the general public, such as ideas for the Broad Street Bridge, and how to connect the river to surrounding neighborhoods.

"How do we make sure the access to the river and the developments going on the river are accessible to all, not just targeted toward one particular segment in the community," he said.

The public can submit ideas at the city's website through Friday.

A public meeting is planned for May 1st.

Recommendations from the advisory board on ROC the Riverway projects are due May 31st.