New York announces completion of West Point Marina project

June 25, 2021
The project included $850,000 for storm sewer upgrades, a heightened seawall and raised fuel pumps.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced construction has completed at the West Point Marina, one of the 11 projects awarded to the Town of Greece, Monroe County, through the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The completed $1 million REDI grant funded project will help protect West Point Marina, also known as Braddock Bay Marina, from future flooding and ensure continuous recreational opportunities.

With 300 public slips and its location within the eight-acre New York State-owned Braddock Bay Park, West Point Marina is a critical part of the Town's economy. During high water periods, the marina's seawall, at a previous elevation of 248.5', was completely submerged, and the existing fuel pump were exposed to standing water. Wave action during these periods threatened to damage the pump and created a hazardous flooding condition by overtopping the seawall.

Resiliency measures in this project included:

  • Replacing marina seawall to a height above flood level;
  • Raising fuel pump above flood elevation and improving flood resiliency;
  • Installing new storm drainage infrastructure;
  • Raising ADA accessible walkways above flood elevation; and
  • Water and electric services upgraded and protected in a new flood resilient structure.

"In 2019, historic flooding on Lake Ontario devastated the infrastructure and economies of numerous communities throughout the region. Now, through the REDI, shoreline communities like the Town of Greece are building back better and more resilient," Governor Cuomo said. "By taking a forward-looking approach, implementing critical flood mitigation measures along the shoreline, and improving and strengthening infrastructure, we are not only protecting residents and property, but safeguarding the town's critical tourism industry and enhancing quality of life for future generations."

"New York State is continuing to invest in our shoreline communities helping them build back better, smarter and more resilient," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "West Point Marina in the Town of Greece has faced tremendous challenges in recent years due to climate change, but the improvements made here will protect against future flooding, increase public accessibility and safety, and ensure it remains a place of enjoyment for future generations."

Governor Cuomo also announced that an additional resiliency project has started construction in the Town of Greece. The intersection of Edgemere and Island Cottage and adjacent roadways are prone to flooding and storm sewer system backflow during highwater that impact accessibility to area homes and businesses. The completed project will mitigate these impacts during high water events, as well as ensure that the roadway remains open to residents and emergency vehicles. Mitigation measures for this project include replacing the storm sewer system and installing check valves to prevent backflows. Additionally, a new stormwater pumping station will be constructed. The REDI Commission awarded the Town $850,000 to complete this project.

In response to the extended pattern of flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, Governor Cuomo created REDI to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region. The REDI Commission allocated $20 million for homeowner assistance, $30 million to improve the resiliency of businesses, and $15 million toward a regional dredging effort that will benefit each of the eight counties in the REDI regions. The remaining $235 million has been allocated towards local and regional projects that advance and exemplify the REDI mission.

At Governor Cuomo's direction, the REDI Commission toured areas hard hit by flooding on Lake Ontario and worked with local communities to come up with a new vision for the shoreline from both a point of view of resiliency and for economic development in order to build back better and stronger for the future.

Since the creation of the Governor's REDI program in the Spring of 2019, 133 REDI funded local and regional projects are underway, including 97 projects in the design phase, 17 projects in the construction phase, and 19 projects completed.

SOURCE: New York State, Governor Cuomo