Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Thursday night, taxpayers had the chance to weigh in on big plans for the Genesee River in downtown Rochester.
Mayor Lovely Warren invited the public to share its take on the "ROC the Riverway" project.
The Roc the Riverway program is described as "an ambitious plan to focus development along the Genesee River." As many as 30 development projects will be consolidated as part of the program to upgrade existing buildings and facilities and create new attractions.
Thursday's input session is seen as a critical step in the planning phase.
"We're asking the public to really hone in on different parts they like about it," said Mayor Warren. "Do they want something different? Do they want something changed?"
"There have been so many efforts in the past where we have tried to get this off the ground, and it does seem to finally have that momentum," said Rachel Edwards of Rochester.
Governor Andrew Cuomo slated $50 million in state funding to go toward the improvements. He first mentioned the Roc the Riverway program in his State of the State 2018 address in January.